Hannah Green is relishing the chance to tame the beast that is Cypress Creek and join elite company as a two-time major golf winner.
Green, the 2019 US PGA champion, and world No.8 Minjee Lee headline Australia’s six-strong assault on the $7.4 million US Open starting in Houston, Texas on Thursday.
The richest event in women’s golf will be played at two courses, with one round on the Jackrabbit layout and the other three on Cypress Creek, which Green declared a monster.
“It’s pretty long,” Green told AAP after finishing an 18-hole practice round.
“I don’t see a low-scoring championship.
“The Jackrabbit course is where you’ll do your scoring and then the Cypress course, if you shot even par it will probably feel like you shot four under par.
“There weren’t very many times where I was hitting wedges or nine irons into holes.
“I hit a lot of five, six, seven or even four irons into par-3s and par-4s.
“So it’s going to be a true test.
“You’ll have to have everything working for you this week. I don’t think you can get away with one part of your game not being on.”
The world No.23 said while the mostly wide fairways were relatively forgiving, accuracy off the tee was still paramount.
“There are a couple of holes when you need to be on one particular side of the fairway,” Green said.
“So it’s really where you miss it this week. Whoever misses it in the best spot is going to win.”
With the world’s elite playing for the biggest purse in women’s golf, including a $1.35m winner’s cheque, not to mention the prestigious trophy, Green can feel the added tension in the air.
“Everyone feels like the majors are bigger. Even without the spectators,” she said.
“I’m looking out now and there’s not many free holes on the putting green. On the range, there’s a lot of people practising.
“On a Tuesday, this is as busy as it’s ever been all year. So everyone knows how important this particular event is.
“So everyone certainly is feeling the pressure.”
With a major already in the bag, Green hopes that plays to her advantage.
“If it comes down to Sunday with myself being in contention or even if it’s Friday and I’m struggling to make the cut, I think I can at least have good memories from that other major championship and realise that I have a bit of fight in me and I can keep on plodding along,” the 23-year-old said.
Along with Lee, who’s currently sixth on the tour money list this season and a recent winner in Dubai, other Australians in the field are Su Oh, Katherine Kirk, Sarah Jane Smith and champion amateur Gabriela Ruffels.
Greats Karrie Webb (2000 and 2001) and Jan Stephenson (1983) are the only Australian women to have won the US Open – while Webb, Stephenson, Peter Thomson, Greg Norman and David Graham are the only Aussies to have snared multiple golf majors.