Green leads Aussie charge at Women's PGA

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Hannah Green will tee it up at the Women's PGA Championship in Georgia this week, aiming to add to her 2019 major triumph.

The big-hitting Australian star and five of her countrywomen - Minjee Lee, Su Oh, Katherine Kirk, Sarah Kemp and Gabriela Ruffels - are among the 156-player field at the third major of the season.

World No.15 Green has had three top-10 finishes this year on the LPGA Tour, including two ties for third, to take solid form into the major.

The 24-year-old has added almost 15 yards of distance off the tee this season which should come in handy at the Atlanta Athletic Club, with wet weather over recent days sure to make the 6,740 yard course play long.

Lee, the world No.14, has had a reasonably lean spell by her standards, with two top-10 placings while rookie professional Ruffels is on a sponsor's invitation.

The tournament which commences on Thursday is worth $US4.5 million ($A5.9m), a number only surpassed by the US Women's Open and the Tour Championship for riches.

The winner's cheque is $675,000 ($A890,000).

The Atlanta Athletic Club is a storied venue having hosted a number of men's majors and was the home club of late great Bobby Jones, one of the best players of all time.

South Korea has the top three players in the women's world rankings, though parity is getting stronger on the LPGA as evidenced by the list of winners.

Thirteen players won the first 13 events on the schedule this year until Nelly Korda last week became the first multiple winner.

Sei Young Kim is the defending Women's PGA champion and recent history is not in her favour to repeat.

The past 19 majors on the LPGA Tour were won by 18 players - Kim's fellow South Korean Ko Jin Young Ko the only multiple victor.

The most recent major champion Yuka Saso has come a long way in a short time.

One week after winning the US Women's Open earlier this month, she turned 20.

Now it's time for another major test to commence the Filipino's five-year membership on the LPGA Tour.

"I don't really expect anything," world No.9 Saso said.

"I'm just more focusing on what I have to do with my game."

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