An earlier tournament meeting also played a role in the victory of Green. In April, Green gave a signed ball to a young girl, Lily Kostner, who was at her gallery on Sunday. On the eighth tee, Lily presented Green with a poem she had written, the theme of which Green later summarized as "You can win this." During the middle of the round, when Green made three bogeys in four holes, she threatened her equanimity, took Lily & # 39; s poem from the back of her yardage book and read it.
"I have to thank Lily for writing that," said Green. "I think it really helped me."
A generosity of mind seems to be a boomerang, a karmic tool. In 2015, Green received a scholarship, which is awarded each year by Webb, which offers $ 10,000 for international travel, accommodation at Webb in the United States during a training trip, and a week as Webb & # 39; s guest at the Women & # 39; s Open in the United States or the Women's PGA Championship, depending on when the tournaments fall in the summer schedule.
Green attended the 2015 Women's Open 2015 in Lancaster, Pa. Bij, won by In Gee Chun and came out wiser because he had watched how Webb, who tied up, before the 14th, deals with her business. "Being able to stay at home with her, literally breathe her in, see everything she's doing in a tournament – majors – and look outside the ropes, it definitely gave me a great insight into what it was like," said Green.
Two years later, Green won three times on the development tour of the LPGA. One day, Green said, she hopes to be able to give others the kind of help, financially and otherwise, she has received from Webb, who picked her and her friend up in the house she had rented for the week. In the meantime, Green does what she can, after seeing Webb that even the smallest gestures make sense.
That's why she signs autographs for fans like Lily and why she also tried Sunday, even when her hands were shaking with pressure, to smile at young people in the stands.
"It only takes a second," said Green, "and it can change a person's life."
On Sunday, the friendly gestures of Webb, 44 and Green returned tenfold.
"This is one of the best days I've had on a golf course, especially in the long run," said Webb, who missed the cut with one stroke. After Green's last putt fell, Webb threw the green with other Aussies, who sprayed her with beer from cans.
An hour later, Webb said, "I feel like I have won a golf tournament today. I am so excited for her."