Putting the key to Aussie Open: Green

Hannah Green has no doubt where the Women's Australian Open will be won: on the greens.

The Perth golfer will start Friday's second round at Royal Adelaide three shots shy of the leader, England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff.

The Brit shot a stellar opening-round of seven-under 66 and holds a one-stroke buffer from decorated South Korean pair Jeongeun Lee6 and Inbee Park.

American trio Amy Olson, Marina Alex and Jillian Hollis are at five-under, with Australia's Green in a batch of 11 golfers at four-under.

Green was satisfied with her opening round, saying she hit just one bad shot - an errant lay-up to the par-5 ninth which resulted in her sole bogey.

"I'm pretty pleased that it was only one that was really quite bad," she said.

"I just have got to work hard on the putting greens.

"I think whoever holes the most putts this week, like most weeks is going to be the winner at the end."

Australia's top-ranked entrant, world No.8 Minjee Lee, is well-placed at three-under but just two other compatriots - Robyn Choi and Sarah Kemp - broke par.

Choi and Kemp are one-under while five-time Open champion Karrie Webb, who is battling a virus, is one-over.

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