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Green leads Australian Ladies Classic

By AAP Newswire

Precocious youngster Hannah Green is one solid round away from claiming the biggest win of her career after she surged into contention at the Australian Ladies Classic at Bonville.

The West Australian rebounded from a nightmare double-bogey start to reel off four birdies in a third-round two-under-par 70 in challenging conditions on Saturday.

At five under for the championship, Green sits one stroke behind Swedish frontrunner Madelene Sagstrom, who shot to the top of the leaderboard with a bogey-free 68.

Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord (69) shares equal second spot with Green and Spanish halfway leader Nuria Iturrios, who relinquished her four-stroke advantage with a 75.

A former Australian amateur star, 22-year-old Green won three times on the Symetra Tour in America in 2017 to secure her LPGA Tour card.

But she had no hesitation acknowledging that victory in this weekend's $350,000 Ladies European Tour event in Coffs Harbour would be the most significant of her career.

"It would be huge," Green told AAP.

"It's definitely going to be an important day for myself tomorrow - my first chance to win on home soil.

"But I'm trying to take it as easy as I can, just take every shot one at a time and hopefully the pressure doesn't affect me."

Green said she didn't look at a leaderboard until the 16th hole on Saturday.

"I won't do anything different to what I've been doing. I feel like I've been hitting the ball really well and giving myself a lot of opportunities," she said.

"I just haven't been able to capitalise and make some of the putts. So I'm hoping tomorrow is the day the putter gets hot because it hasn't been hot the last three days."

Green will play alongside Sagstrom and Skarpnord in Sunday's final group.

Sydney amateur Doey Choi will be in the penultimate group after returning an impressive even-par 72 to sit two shots behind the leader at four under.