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LIVE BLOG: The 2023 ISPS HANDA Australian Open

by Golf Australia

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Min Woo Lee is aiming for his first ISPS HANDA Australian Open win. Photo: Brett Costello

Sunday - FINAL DAY

6:50pm

That's it from the 2023 ISPS HANDA Australian Open at The Australian and The Lakes.

Congratulations to Ashleigh Buhai, Joaquin Niemann, and Lachlan Wood.

Thanks for tuning in everyone, see you next year!

6:47pm

Niemann shot a 5-under 66 today to post the clubhouse lead at 14-under.

He had to wait about an hour for the playoff and proceeded to go birdie-eagle to take home the trophy, unreal stuff.

6:43pm

This time he does it!!

JOAQUIN NIEMANN!!

The first man from Chile to win the ISPS HANDA Australian Open.

6:41pm

Hoshino holes the birdie putt again! Clutch!!

Niemann has to hole to win.

6:40pm

Hoshino's bunker shot comes up short again, all shots this playoff hole have been identical to the last.

6:37pm

With just a wedge for his second shot, Niemann has stuck it to almost the exact same spot.

4-5 feet for eagle.

6:35pm

Hoshino is in the fairway bunker again but has a clearer shot this time.

He went for it again and he's found the same greenside bunker.

6:32pm

Niemann has piped his drive on the second playoff hole straight down the fairway, Hoshino has gone left again.

6:28pm

Niemann holes the birdie putt and we're headed back down 18 for a second playoff hole.

6:27pm

Niemann lips out!!

6:26pm

Hoshino holes the putt for birdie!!

Niemann still with a putt to win but he must make it.

6:24pm

Hoshino's bunker shot comes up short.

Niemann's putt is now for the championship.

6:21pm

NIEMANN!!

Niemann has hit his second shot of the playoff to about 3-feet!

He has that for eagle.

6:20pm

Hoshino went for it out of the fairway bunker and has pulled it left into the left greenside bunker.

6:15pm

We're away in the playoff, Niemann is just off the fairway to the right with his drive, Hoshino has found one of the left fairway bunkers.

6:05pm

Hoshino comes up short with his birdie attempt, him and Niemann will head back to 18 tee for a playoff.

6:03pm

Too much spin!

Lee's pitch comes up short and it's down to Hoshino.

6pm

Lee has to hole this third shot to match the lead and force a playoff, he has a pitch from well left of the green.

5:56pm

Hoshino find the putting surface with his third, about 25-30 feet for the win.

5:55pm

Lee can't get the left-to-right movement he was looking for on that shot and finds the left greenside bunker.

5:52pm

Lee is on the pine straw to the right of 18 fairway, this will take something special.

5:50pm

Stuck behind a tree it's just a layup for Hoshino on 18.

5:46pm

Hoshino goes way right off the tee on 18 and Lee follows him.

5:40pm

Min Woo Lee's birdie putt on 17 slides by, he remains two back heading down 18.

5:38pm

HOSHINO!!

Hoshino has holed a bomb on 17 to jump into a share of the lead.

5:32pm

Min Woo Lee has hit a fantastic shot into 17 green, setting up another birdie chance.

Japan's Hoshino is only 1-shot back from Niemann, and also has a birdie chance on 17.

5:30pm

Min Woo Lee has missed his birdie putt on 16.

He's two-shots back with two to play.

5:27pm

Ashleigh Buhai shot 3-over par today to finish at 9-under, 1-shot ahead of Minjee Lee.

Minjee was on the charge but could not catch Buhai.

5:25pm

That's it!!

ASHLEIGH BUHAI!!

The South African has held her nerve and gone back-to-back at the ISPS HANDA Women's Australian Open.

5:23pm

Minjee pars and Buhai still has a testing putt for the championship.

5:20pm

Minjee's birdie putt on 18 comes up short.

Buhai has at least two-putts for the title.

5:18pm

Ashleigh Buhai has hit her third to 10-feet on 18, while Minjee is at the back of the green.

That could be the end of the championship.

5:17pm

MIN WOO LEE!!

In the trees on 16 and Min Woo pulls out a similar shot to what he hit on 18 on Friday.

Big hook to about 6-feet, if he sinks the putt he'll be 1-shot back with 2-holes to play.

5:15pm

Both Minjee and Buhai have laid-up on the par-5 18th.

Go time!

5:10pm

Clutch from Buhai.

The defending champion escapes with bogey while Minjee makes par.

Buhai has a 1-shot lead with 1-hole to play.

5.10pm

Men's leading group with three holes left - Hoshino 1 behind, Min Woo Lee 2 behind

5:05pm

Clutch from Buhai.

The defending champion escapes with bogey while Minjee makes par.

Buhai has a 1-shot lead with 1-hole to play.

5pm

Niemann -14 in the clubhouse, Hoshino -13 and Min Woo Lee -12 look like the three chances left. The last two have three holes remaining

4:56pm

DRAMA ON 17!!

Buhai has hit her second-shot on 17 into the water.

Minjee has gone just long of the green but her ball is dry.

4:50pm

Buhai is two shots ahead with two holes to play.

Minjee and her both made par on 15 and 16.

4:45pm

Min Woo Lee hasn't had a birdie today - he needs three in the final five holes to match Niemann at -14

4:30pm

Two-shot swing for the women!

Minjee birdies 14 as Buhai bogeys, Minjee is now only 2-shots back.

4.20pm

Outrageous second shot from right of the 18th fairway from Niemann sets up an eagle putt from around 12 metres.

It just falls short but he's the new clubhouse leader on -14 after a round of 66 on Sunday

4.15pm

Another lead change....Hoshino with a birdie on 12 to join Niemann on -13.

Leaders in the clubhouse on -11 are Grant Forrest, Adam Scott and Laurie Canter, who all had rounds of 68 today

4:10pm

Niemann bogeys 17 and is now just one ahead of Fitzpatrick and Hoshino.

4:05pm

Minjee has made double-bogey on 13, Buhai bogeyed and now her lead is 4-shots with 5-holes to play.

3.55pm

Adam Scott gave the crowd some huge thrills today, but a 7 on his 16th hole has probably cost him a second Open title. He's in the clubhouse at -11. Niemann leads at -14 with two holes left.

Min Woo Lee is now three back, Lucas Herbert 5 so chances of an Aussie win in the men's event are disappearing.

3:49pm

Minjee bounces back!

The champ has birdied the 12th and is now only 3-shots back.

3:45pm

Chile's Joaquin Niemann with a bomb on 15 and he now has a two-shot lead at -14.

3:32pm

Minjee Lee has dropped a shot and is now 4-back from Buhai.

She had a fried-egg in the bunker and did well to escape with bogey.

3.30pm

And we are onto the back nine with Joaquin Niemann the leader at -13, one ahead of Alex Fitzpatrick and Rikuya Hoshino. Min Woo Lee, two back with Adam Scott, Laurie Canter and Ryo Hisatsune. Wind is blowing. Anyone's tournament.

3:20pm

Another Aussie triple-bogey.

This time Adam Scott has made a triple on 7 after a wayward tee-shot.

Niemann is now the solo leader at 13-under.

3.15pm

Bad news for Lucas Herbert - a triple-bogey on 9 drops him back to -10 and four behind.

Minjee Lee keeps on closing in on Ash Buhai....Now three down.

3.00pm update

Adam Scott is fired up! A huge putt for birdie on the 6th, his 15th for the day, puts him one in front again. What a round the 2009 champion is having.

Minjee Lee birdies the ninth and is now into a tie for second, four behind Ash Buhai

2:50pm update

Min Woo Lee has bogeyed the seventh after sending his second shot left of the green. He's now two behind Adam Scott and Lucas Herbert.

Meanwhile, Ash Buhai is now three clear of Jiyai Shin with 10 holes left. Minjee Lee five behind.

2:30pm update

It's Scott and Herbert in the lead on -13, with Lee and Hoshino one behind in the men's Open. Scott has 5 to play, Herbert with 12 to go. Lucas has not won on the Challenger PGA Tour of Australasia, but is a winner on the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR

The women's Open looks like a race in two with Ash Buhai -12 up against Jiyai Shin -10. Jenny Shin and Minjee Lee back on -6.

2:15pm update:

Bang! Adam Scott has nailed his seventh birdie of the day to take the outright lead for the first time. He's -13, one ahead of Lee, Herbert, Hoshino.

2.05pm update:

It's a four-way tie for the men's Open lead - Adam Scott, Lucas Herbert, Min Woo Lee, Rikuya Hoshino all at -12. Scott is -4 for the day with six holes left.

1:51pm update:

It's a logjam - 10 players within two shots of the lead in the men's competition. The last group of Lee, Hoshino and Fitzpatrick are all +1 for the day through four holes.

1:45pm update:

Two tied at the top in the men - Min Woo Lee and Rikuya Hoshino at -13 after the six-time Japanese Tour winner birdies the third.

1:30pm update

Minjee Lee drops a shot, she's back to six behind

1:25pm update

Min Woo Lee has the outright lead after a bogey from Hoshino at the second.

Meanwhile, Adam Scott is into his second nine and sits at -11, just two shots from top spot.

Ash Buhai's three-shot lead at the start of the day is down to just one, with Jiyai Sin grabbing another birdie on the third.

1:05pm update

Here comes Minjee. Two birdies to start the day and she's now 5 behind Ash Buhai

65 in the bank for Spain's Angel Ayora in the men's Open. That's the low round of the day so far

12:55pm update

Leader Ashleigh Buhai has Nathan to thank for stopping her tee shot on the first going into the left trees.

She owes the man a beer too after her ball knocked it clean out of his hands.

12:50pm update

All of our leaders are out on the course. Big mover in the men's is Adam Scott who is -3 for the day and up to fifth at -11, just two shots from the lead.

Ash Buhai's lead in the women is down to 2 after a Jiyai Shin birdie on the 1st. Minjee also made a four on the par-5 to close the gap to the leader to six.

12:20pm update

Defending champion Adrian Meronk is in the clubhouse with a 66. After just making the cut, he's now T7 at -9. It's been great to see the Pole back in Australia for the last two weeks.

Julian Suri also clocks in a 66 to join Meronk at -9.

12:15pm

Min Woo Lee hoping to channel some Sunday Tiger energy today.

He tees off in 30 minutes.

12:10pm

France's Alex Levy is up to T6 with three holes left in his final round. He's -5 for the day.

Queensland's Jake McLeod has posted a closing 67, his best round of the event, to finish -6 which has him equal 30th at the moment,

Noon update:

Not long now until our leading groups hit the course:

12.23pm: Ash Buhai, Jiyai Shin and Minjee Lee

12.45pm: Min Woo Lee, Alex Fitzpatrick and Rikuya Hishono

11:50am update

An early birdie for Aussie amateur Caitlin Peirce lifts her to -2 and a share of seventh place

A couple of completed rounds in the men's event - Victorian Jasper Stubbs a 69 for -6 overall and the prize for the low amateur. His playing partner American Michael Block a 70 to finish -5 for the tournament.

11:35am update:

Frenchman Alexander Levy is making a late charge, he's 4-under on his day through 13 holes, and now tied-6th at 9-under.

11.30am update

Defending champion Adrian Meronk is -3 for the day and -7 overall with three holes left in his 2023 campaign

Aussie Jake McLeod is also having a good day, 4-under through 16 to climb to T30.

11:15am update

Julian Suri has charged to a tie for 6th at -9, just four from the lead. He's -5 for the day with three holes left.

10.40am update

Germany's Philipp Katich has carded a 68 today to be inside the top 20 at -7.

And Darcy Brereton's steady play on the Challenger PGA Tour of Australasia this season has continued - 68-72-71-70 to be -4 for the tournament. Some handy OOM points coming his way.

10.20am update

Michael Block and Jasper Stubbs are heading to the 16th hole - both 2-under for the day and now inside the top 30 at 6-under

10.15am update

If Rikuya Hoshino wins the men's Open today, he would be the first Japanese winner of this event in its 119-year history

If Alex Fitzpatrick wins today, he would be the first English winner of the ISPS HANDA Australian Open since Lee Westwood in 1997

9.55am update

A little bit of Official World Golf Ranking news...If Min Woo Lee wins today, he could climb as high as No.33 from his current position of No.38

9.45am update

Low men's rounds on the course : -3 from Julian Suri to get to -7, -3 from Steven Brown to get to -1

Low women's rounds on course: -1 from Munchin Keh who is now +5; -1 from Michele Thompson who is now +12

9.30am update

Unfortunately Queensland amateur Justice Bosio has had to withdraw from the tournament due to illness. She was in a tie for eighth at -1.

9.05am update

Young Aussie Elvis Smylie has climbed into the top 20 with birdies on 3 and 4. At -7, he is six from the lead.

9am update

For those who like the technical side of the game, today's Stimp reading is 12’6’’

8.30am update

Welcome to the final day of the 2023 ISPS HANDA Australian Open.

After a storm last night - they've been pretty regular this week - we have cloudless skies at The Australian and plenty of people already through the gates for what should be a great final round.

The first groups are just finishing up their front nine with no-one making a major move so far in both the men's and women's Opens.

Two-under for the day is best on course - Munchin Keh in the women's event and Asia-Pacific Amateur winner Jasper Stubbs, Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen, American John Catlin and Germany's Philipp Katich in the men.

6:20pm update:

That's a wrap here at The Australian for the third round.

We are in for an absolute treat tomorrow, with competition tight at the top.

Defending champion Ashleigh Buhai has a 3-shot lead in the women's, with past champion Jiyai Shin in solo second, and two-time major winner Minjee Lee 7-shots back.

Japan's Rikuya Hoshino and Min Woo Lee are tied at the top in the men's, with Alex Fitzpatrick and Patrick Rodgers 1-shot back.

Thanks everyone and see you tomorrow!

5.55pm:

Our leading women are finished and it's defending champion Ash Buhai with a handy lead after 54 holes. She matched Minjee Lee's 67.

-12: Ash Buhai

-9: Jiyai Sin

-5: Minjee Lee

-4: Steph Kyriacou, Jenny Shin

5:40pm:

Let him cook! In front of a massive crowd on 18, Min Woo Lee makes a birdie to join the lead and make the final group on Sunday. What a final round we have ahead tomorrow

-13: Lee, Hoshino

-12: Fitzpatrick, Rodgers

-11: Herbert

5:10pm update:

At a rowdy 16th hole. American Patrick Rodgers has picked up another birdie to get to -13 alongside Hoshino. Alex Fitzpatrick (66) and Min Woo Lee a shot back.

4.50pm update:

Minjee Lee had a chat to the media after her 67 which has moved her to third at -5, still seven behind Ash Buhai. Here's a couple of quotes from the world No.5 including the chances of a Lee double tomorrow.

I’ll just have to post a really low score tomorrow I think, but I think I can do it.

I’m going to do my very best, like I always do and hopefully we’ve both got the trophy by the end of Sunday. It would be amazing, but I think I have some work to do.

4.40pm update:

Our new men's leader Rikuya Hoshino is no stranger to winning, securing five titles on the Japanese tour. Last week, he couldn't hold off Min Woo Lee at Royal Queensland. Can he do it tomorrow?

4.30pm update:

There's a new outright leader in the men's Open - Rikuya Hoshino has jumped to -13 following a 65 today. He's one ahead of Min Woo Lee and Patrick Rodgers. Meanwhile, the 16th hole is jumping and the final groups are headed that way.

4:20pm update:

Ashleigh Buhai is flying high at the top of the leaderboard.

The defending champion is 5-under on her day, and 5-shots clear at the top of the leaderboard.

4:10pm update

Five players within one shot of the lead in the men's Open with Min Woo Lee and Rikuya Hoshino, leading Lucas Herbert, Alex Fitzpatrick and Patrick Rodgers by one. All up, there's 16 players within four of top spot as we head towards the closing holes on day 3.

Min Woo Lee and Joaquin Niemann are only players in the top 16 not under-par today.

In the women's Open, Minjee Lee is in the clubhouse after a 67 today to be T3, six behind Ash Buhai.

3:47pm update:

Englishman Alex Fitzpatrick has eagled the 14th and jumped into a tie for fourth at 10-under.

3:45pm update:

Lucas Herbert has shot a 5-under 66 today at The Australian.

He's currently in solo-second and one off the lead.

3.30pm update:

A three-shot lead just disappeared in an instant for Min Woo Lee. He bogeyed the 10th while Rikuya Hishino made an eagle on 14. They're both at -12.

3:15pm update:

Cameron Smith has just made the turn and half the population of Sydney has lined the first fairway at The Australian to watch the champ.

He's a couple under on his day and looking dangerous.

2:45pm update:

Here come the Saturday movers!

Minjee Lee is 5-under on her day.

Lucus Herbert is 5-under on his day.

Ashleigh Buhai has birdied her first 4-holes and is 4-under on her day.

1:30pm update:

LACHLAN WOOD!!

The Aussie has taken home the Australian All Abilities Trophy by 3-shots.

He is the first Australian to win the championship, and was clinical on the final day, shooting 1-under.

1:20pm: Michael Block has carded a 69 today to move into the top 40. He's developed a real connection with The Australian Golf Club.

https://www.golf.org.au/ausopen/block-would-love-to-be-a-member-at-the-australian

1.06pm update:

All of our leaders are now on the course. Minjee Lee is still making ground, -4 for the day to close to within five of Jiyai Shin, while Grace Kim is also up to -4 thanks to two early birdies.

In the men, we now have a five-way tie at -9, but that's now four behind Min Woo Lee who has started with a birdie on the first, stiffing his iron approach to a foot.

12.53pm update

He's away.

Men's leader Min Woo Lee had a massive crowd with him around the first tee as he began his third round with a smoked tee shot.

There were even a few fans in chef's hats, yelling out: "Let him cook!"

The women's leaders, headed by Jiyai Shin, will be on the course soon.

12:05pm update:

Watch out!!

Two-time major winner Minjee Lee has birdied her first two holes on moving day, she's now 7-shots behind leader Jiyai Shin.

11:40am update:

American Sean Crocker has fired a Saturday morning 65 to get him into a tie for second.

11:30 update:

With 7-holes to play in the Australian All Abilities Championship, Lachlan Wood holds a 1-shot lead over Irishman Brendan Lawlor, with Cameron Pollard a further shot back.

11:00am update:

Aussie trio Bland, Smyth and McBride are all making a Saturday morning move.

Adam Bland is 6-under today, 8-under overall.

Travis Smyth is 5-under today, 7-under overall.

Kade McBride is 4-under today, 7-under overall.

10:45am update:

The All Abilities players have made the turn, and Aussie Lachlan Wood is in the solo lead.

+1 Lachlan Wood

+2 Brendan Lawlor

+2 Cameron Pollard

+4 Tommaso Perrino

10:00am update:

HOLE-IN-ONE ALERT!!

Calum Hill has made an ace on the 11th at The Australian.

A perfectly struck 7-iron 176 metres wins the Scot a shiny new Tag Heuer watch.

9:45am update:

ANN JANG!!

16-year-old New South Wales amateur Ann Jang has made an albatross two on the first hole at The Australian.

She is 4-under on her day and climbing the women's leaderboard.

9:00am update:

We're underway here on moving day at The Australian.

It's the final day of the Australian All Abilities Championship, Aussies Lachlan Wood and Cameron Pollard are tied at the top at 1-over through two holes.

The leading men and women are away at around 1pm.

7:00pm update:

That's it from Friday The Lakes and The Australian.

The men's cut was 2-under par, and the women's at 6-over par.

Our leaders are as follows:

Women: Jiyai Shin, 9-under.

Men: Min Woo Lee, 12-under.

All Abilities: Cameron Pollard, Brendan Lawlor, Lachlan Wood, 1-over.

Thanks and see you tomorrow!

5:45pm update:

Jiyai Shin has a two-shot lead heading into the weekend, after 4-under today at The Australian.

Patrick Rodgers has shot a 1-under 70 at the Australian to be tied-second at 9-under heading into the weekend.

5:00pm update:

After that incredible second-shot on 18 at The Australian, Min Woo Lee has eagled to open up a 3-shot lead at the top of the men's leaderboard. He is 12-under heading into the weekend.

Jiyai Shin has hit the solo lead in the ISPS HANDA Women's Australian Open, she is 8-under through 16 at The Australian.

4:45pm update:

No words.

Min Woo Lee on 18.

4:20pm update:

4:10pm update:

MIN WOO LEE!!

A perfectly weighted putt and Lee is now solo at the top of the leaderboard, watch out!

3:40pm update:

Jiyai Shin is on the move.

The 2013 champion has jumped into a share of the lead at 7-under.

3:10pm update:

The Chef is cooking!

Min Woo Lee is 3-under through 12 at The Australian and on the charge.

2:50pm update: WHAT THEY SAID

ADAM SCOTT: I’m really happy with where I’m at. Had good conditions today. I haven’t felt very great on the golf course this week, my touch is off, so yeah, just not been feeling great, but it can turn around in a day. I’ve got two more goes at running them down.

ASHLEIGH BUHAI: Yeah, in really good position. Any time you’re in there near at the top going into the weekend, you’re playing some good golf and doing what I’d like to be doing.

CONNOR SYME: I mean, obviously it would be awesome, amazing memories from winning Australian Amateur down here seven years ago or something now, but that was a real catalyst in my amateur career. Obviously it’s brilliant I’m back down here playing and I’m excited to be down here. So I’d love to contend and the first one’s definitely a pressure pot.

JENNY SHIN: Yeah, the greens here are a little bit slower than yesterday. I left a ton of putts short and I feel like I left a lot out there and I can’t wait to go back to The Australian tomorrow.

BRENDAN LAWLOR: To be honest, this is number 1 for me in my schedule. It’s a fully inclusive event. We’re playing at the very same times as the main guys. We have full access to player lounges, practice rounds and whatever we want. When the guys market all abilities, all inclusive, that’s exactly what it is, and it’s a joy for me to come back here. Hopefully I’ll be coming back here in 20 years, still playing all abilities if I can. It’s incredible.

2:30pm update:

The afternoon groups are away.

Overnight leader Cam Davis has had an early double-bogey at The Australian.

While Jiyai Shin is even early in her round and looking to catch Buhai.

1:50pm update:

The second round of the Australian All Abilities Championship has come to a close and we have a three-way tie at the top.

Aussies Cameron Pollard and Lachlan Wood, are joined by Irishman Brendan Lawlor at the top at 1-over par.

World No.1 Kipp Popert, and Italian Tommaso Perrino are close behind at 3-over.

1:00pm update:

Jhonattan Vegas has raced up the men's leaderboard, he's currently 3-under through 16 at The Lakes in a tie for third.

Jenny Shin shot a steady even-par at The Lakes today to remain at the pointy end of the women's leaderboard.

12:20pm update:

Our defending champion Ash Buhai has taken the lead in the Women's Australian Open. A round of 70 at The Lakes has her at -7 for the 36 holes.

12:00pm update:

Past champions Adam Scott and Matt Jones both shot 4-under 68s at The Lakes this morning.

Could they add another Stonehaven Cup to their cabinets this weekend?

11:10 update:

Hear from Mike Clayton on how courses can play very differently to the par written on the scorecard.

11:00am update:

Some of the big names are climbing up the leaderboard.

Defending champion Ashleigh Buhai is 2-under on her day and in a tie for second.

Joaquin Niemann is 3-under for the day and now tied third.

There has been some movement in the Australian All abilities Championship, with Cameron Pollard and Tommaso Perrino back in the lead after Lachlan Wood held it solo for a few holes.

Men:

-10 Syme

-9 Davis

-8 Niemann

-8 Rodgers

Women:

-8 Jenny Shin

-6 Buhai

-6 R.Lee (a)

-5 Jiyai Shin

All Abilities:

-1 Pollard

-1 Tommaso

Ev Wood

+1 Lawlor

10:30am update:

Some umbrellas are out again in Sydney, but not for the rain!

It's heating up here and with barely a cloud in sight players are seeking some shade between shots.

Players are taking advantage of the weather and going flag hunting.

10:00am update:

Along with Syme, Joaquin Niemann and Lucas Herbert are both making morning Friday charges at The Lakes.

Niemann is 3-under and Herbert is 4-under for the day.

9:45am update:

SCOTTY!!

Adam Scott has just holed his second shot for eagle on the first at The Lakes (his 10th), the biggest roar of the day so far.

The 2009 champion is now 4-under on his day, and the championship.

9:40am update:

Both Connor Syme and Jenny Shin are out extending their leads this morning.

With Cam Davis and Rachel Lee both in the afternoon pairings, Syme and Shin are looking likely to set targets to chase.

9:10am update:

Queensland teenage amateur Sarah Hammett is making a bold run in the ISPS HANDA Australian Open on the second day.

The 16-year-old Hammett, who plays out of Emerald Lakes on the Gold Coast, picked up two shots on the back nine at The Australian this morning after her opening 71 at The Lakes on Thursday.

At 4-under overall, Hammett is tied-fourth, just three shots behind outright leader Jenny Shin.

Hammett is a part of Golf Australia's High Performance programs and has been a prolific winner, including both open and junior NSW Amateur championships and back-to-back Katherine Kirk classics.

Meanwhile Scot Connor Syme has jumped to the outright lead in the men's at 10-under par having picked up three shots today in just four holes at The Lakes.

Men's overnight leader Cam Davis tees off at The Australian at 12 noon today alongside Min Woo Lee.

8:45am update:

Connor Syme has birdied his first two holes today at The Lakes to join in a share of the men's lead.

Travis Smyth is 4-under today through seven at The Australian, making a day two charge.

Jenny Shin has gone to the outright women's lead, with an early birdie at The Lakes.

The All Abilities players are all underway at The Australian.

7:00am update:

Round 2 is underway at The Australian and The Lakes.

The feature group of Meronk, Scott and Jones is out early at The Lakes, along with women's co-leader Jenny Shin.

Youngster and co-leader Rachel Lee, and men's leader Cam Davis are both in the afternoon pairings at The Australian.

The All Abilities players are all late morning at The Australian.

The weather is sunny and calm this morning, with little to no rain forecast.

7:00pm update:

Day one has come to a close at The Australian and The Lakes.

Men's leader: Cameron Davis, (-9)

Women's leaders: Rachel Lee (a) and Jenny Shin, (-6)

All Abilities leaders: Cameron Pollard and Tommaso Perrino, (-2)

See you all tomorrow!

5:45pm update:

Jenny Shin has birdied the last to jump into a share of the lead.

The American shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 at The Australian.

Scot Connor Syme also birdied the last to climb the men's leaderboard, carding a 7-under 64 at The Australian.

Cameron Pollard has bounced back after some bogeys, with an eagle on the par-5 fifth (his 14th) at The Australian, he is 4-under and still in the lead of the AAAC.

4:15pm update:

Cameron Pollard is on fire at The Australian!!

He is 4-under through nine holes, leading the Australian All Abilities Championship.

3:53 update: WHAT THEY SAID (PART 2)

"When I play, I want to play well. For me it almost feels like the start of something. I finished in August and haven’t played since, so I’m kind of getting ready for a big start in January on the PGA Tour and this is a great way to test out some changes and see where my game is."

-Patrick Rodgers (64)

"Every time I come back it’s just a home away from home feeling, a lot of relatives and just a lot of people I know. So yeah, I’ve been enjoying it. -Connor Purcell (68) "They’re just proper golf courses. It’s right in front of you, you see where you need to hit it and that’s it. The Lakes has got a couple of quirks on a few holes, but all in all, it’s much the same, it’s just you’ve got to play good golf." -Grant Forrest (66) "I thought I was at 8.38 not 8.28 and I’ve learnt my lesson, so I won’t do that again hopefully. I was putting and then my coach (Steve McRae) just said, “Rachel, you’re on the tees”, so I just ran for my life." -Rachel Lee (67) "This tournament’s really special. We can play the man and woman and All Abilities playing together, so never (I) have a chance to play like this, that’s why I’m waiting for this tournament and I introduce about this tournament for everyone." -Jiyai Shin (68)

3:25pm update:

Defending champion, Ashleigh Buhai is 3-under through 12 holes at The Australian.

3:15pm update:

With majority of the scoring at The Lakes today, Lawry Flynn is the low Aussie at The Australian with a 4-under 67.

2:40pm update:

Kiwi amateur Zack Swanwick has carded an opening 5-under 67 at The Lakes.

2:05pm: WHAT THEY SAID TODAY “I know this place relatively well, so I felt like I had plenty of good memories in the bank to go out and play the course with. That’s by far the cleanest round I’ve ever had around here and without the wind, it was awesome to make the most of the conditions the way they were.” -Cam Davis (63)

“It’s good, the WA boys sticking together. I think you’re mentioning Min Woo, but he’s been a close mate of mine since junior golf. I’m a couple of years younger than him, but we’re best mates, so we just have a laugh out there and see how good we can go.” -Hayden Hopewell (65)

“I think having familiar faces here as well helped ease (the nerves) that bit. All my family’s here, my friends so yeah, it’s still a very scary thing, a hundred eyes on you.” -Steph Kyriacou (69)

“It’s just trying to keep the same mentality, meaning being happy off the course and feeling fresh before I go. I won in Macau but I kind of went too hard at night and didn’t feel that good in Japan, so I learned from that and didn’t go too hard after the PGA win. It’s just another week and I feel really good.” -Min Woo Lee (67)

“Yeah, frustrating. I think it could have been a few less, to be honest. I kind of missed a couple of putts there towards the end of the round when I started to feel all right. A little bit frustrating, but it was better.” -Cameron Smith (71)

2:00pm update:

The Australian All Abilities Championship is underway, with all four groups now out on the course at The Australian.

1:40pm update:

RACHEL LEE!!

The 16-year-old amateur has opened with an incredible 6-under 67 at The Lakes to take the solo lead.

Not even the heavy rain could stop her!

1:00pm update:

Incredible scoring at The Lakes continues!

Patrick Rodgers from the US has fired an opening 8-under 64.

He is currently solo second behind Davis.

Australian Hayden Hopewell has opened with 7-under 65 this morning.

12:40pm update:

2013 champion Jiyai Shin has opened with 5-under 68 at The Lakes and is in the lead, with a bogey-free round including five birdies.

16-year-old NSW amateur Rachel Lee, who Monday-qualified, is currently 5-under through 14 holes at The Lakes.

12:25pm update:

CAMERON DAVIS!!!

The 2017 champion has shot an incredible 9-under 63 at The Lakes.

His round included seven birdies and one eagle.

Stephanie Kyriacou has finished with a strong 4-under 69 at The Lakes, while Minjee Lee has fought back from a slow start to finish with a 3-under 70 at The Lakes.

France's Alexander Levy finished at 6-under at The Australian, while Patrick Rodgers from the USA is currently 6-under through 16 at The Lakes.

12:10pm update:

Last week's winner, Min Woo Lee has fired an opening round 5-under 67 at The Lakes, continuing his incredible run of form.

Playing partner Cameron Smith is in with a steady 1-under 71.

Over at The Australian, defending champion Ashleigh Buhai is away, along with playing partners Hannah Green and Grace Kim.

12:00pm update:

Four Stonehaven Cups between them! Our marquee group of Adrian Meronk, Adam Scott and Matt Jones are away at The Australian.

11:45am update:

Scotland's Grant Forrest has fired a first round 6-under 65 at the Australian this morning to kick off his ISPS HANDA Australian Open campaign.

The Scot is one back from Cam Davis who is still 7-under through 15-holes over at The Lakes.

Japan's Yuto Katsuragawa has shot up the men's leaderboard after an eagle at the par-5 17th at The Lakes, he finished with a 5-under 67.

2013 women's champion, Jiyai Shin is showing her experience, leading at 4-under over at The Lakes.

10:50am update:

Thailand's Sukapan Budsabakorn and our own Stephanie Kyriacou lead the women at 3-under, with Kyriacou having an eagle at the par-5 third at The Lakes.

Cam Davis still leads the men at 6-under, with Scotland's Grant Forrest, Ireland's Conor Purcell, and our own Hayden Hopewell all closing at 5-under

10:20am update:

2017 Champion Cam Davis is off to an absolute flyer at The Lakes today, he's 6-under at the turn.

Min Woo Lee is hot on his tail at 4-under.

10:00am update:

HOLE-IN-ONE ALERT

Japan's Ayaka Sugihara has aced the 144 metre 11th hole at the Australian with a perfectly struck 7-iron, the first hole-in-one of the tournament!!

9:50am update:

The 2017 champion Cam Davis has rocketed to the top of the leaderboard in the men's ISPS HANDA Australian Open at 5-under par through 7 holes at The Lakes.

The highlight for US-based Davis was an eagle at the par-5 14th hole.

Last week's PGA champion Min Woo Lee has started well, reaching 3-under through 9 holes and Cam Smith is 1-under, playing in the same group at The Lakes with Lee.

Thailand's Sukapan Budsabakorn is at 3-under and leading the women's tournament with a bunch of players including Aussie Gabriela Ruffels at 2-under.

9am update:

The big guns are surging toward the top as the ISPS HANDA Australian Open begins in Sydney.

World No.5 Minjee Lee

leads the women's tournament at 2-under par with Stephanie Kyriacou, Gabriela Ruffels, Sarah Oh and Thailand's Sukapan Budsabakorn.

Lee, who is chasing her first Open championship, had bridies at the 11th and 14th holes at The Lakes.

Sydney's Cam Davis is made three birdies early in his round at The Lakes to jump to the top of the men's leaderboard with Japan's Rikuya Hoshino.

But Min Woo Lee

(2-under) and Cameron Smith (1-under) have begun nicely at the same venue.

Conditions are delightful at both The Lakes and The Australian despite heavy rain on Wednesday which forced the tournament organisers to allow 'lift-clean-place' rules for the opening two rounds.

7.30am update:

A big crowd has turned out in blazing sunshine to watch marquee groups at The Lakes this morning including Cameron Smith, Min Woo Lee and Minjee Lee.

Smith and Lee teed off at 7.05am from the 10th tee and began with pars.

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They're away and playing at the 2023 ISPS HANDA Australian Open at The Australian and The Lakes.

On a beautiful misty Sydney morning, the first players took the two courses.

Participants in Golf Australia's MyGolf program hit the ceremonial opening tee shots.

"Lift, clean, place" rules are in play for the first two rounds after a huge storm flooded the course late on Wednesday, but conditions were superb for the beginning of the first round with a forecast maximum of 28 degrees.

Major champions Minjee Lee and Cameron Smith are both on the course at The Lakes this morning.

The 2023 ISPS HANDA Australian Open includes three separate championships for men, women and All Abilities players.

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