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04 Dec 2022 | Australian Open |

LIVE: #AusOpenGolf Final Round blog

by Australian Golf Media

MEN'S WINNER: Adrian Meronk (-14)

WOMEN'S WINNER: Ashleigh Buhai (-12)


4.13pm - Jiyai Shin's eagle putt agonisingly stays out but she makes birdie to move to 11-under. Buhai knocks in for birdie to lead by one heading to the last. At the 17th tee, Meronk smacks his drive down the middle, while Scott's tee shot may be in trouble out to the right.

4.09pm - Buhai chips it close to get a good look at birdie on the par-5 17th, while Grace Kim finishes her tournament with a double bogey.

3.55pm - Buhai bogeys the 16th and now shares the lead with Grace Kim who is playing the last hole. Adrian Meronk makes birdie at the iconic par-4 15th to now be 13-under and two shots ahead of Adam Scott. Jiyai Shin makes a huge up-and-down at the 16th to sit a shot back.

3.51pm - Grace Kim made par at 17, while Buhai and Shin (-10) has gone off the back of the green at the par-3 16th and have a tough up-and-down ahead.

3.44pm - Grace Kim misses a chance to look at birdie after leaving her third shot in the left green side bunker at the par-5 17th. She got out on the second attempt and will putt for par.

3.28pm - Bogey for Buhai at the 14th and her lead reduces to one. Grace Kim birdied the 15th and is putting on the pressure with two holes to play. Meronk's lead is also at one with him and Adam Scott going toe-to-toe with five holes to play.

2.37pm - Buhai leads by three after a bogey at the par-4 10th, Meronk still leads by three. Kipp Popert holds a six shot lead in the Australian All Abilities Championship with five holes to play.

2.17pm - The lead groups are onto the back nine. Ashleigh Buhai still leads by four, while Meronk leads by three.

shapes 1.53pm - Remember to keep an eye on the three spots at the 151st Open Championship that are up for grabs. Adrian Meronk and Adam Scott are already exempt so the places go to the next three not already exempt players.

1.42pm - Adam Scott drops a shot at the par-3 7th to fall a shot behind Adrian Meronk. In the group in front, Ashleigh Buhai makes birdie at the par-5 8th to push her lead out to four from Grace Kim and Jiyai Shin.

1.26pm - Ashleigh Buhai birdies the par-3 7th to extend her lead to three shots from Jiyai Shin.

1.13pm - Adam Scott is back on top alongside Adrian Meronk courtesy of back-to-back birdies. In the women's Ashleigh Buhai still leads but she has dropped a shot to be 12-under. Jiyai Shin is a shot back, Minjee Lee and Hannah Green are two off the lead.

12.54pm - A third bogey of the day for overnight leader Jiyai Shin and she falls to 11-under. Another bogey for Hannah Green too and she is 10-under alongside fellow Australians Minjee Lee and Grace Kim.

12.47pm - Adam Scott's first birdie of the day the par-3 4th! He moves one shot closer to Meronk. Meanwhile Minjee Lee and Grace Kim have reached 10-under. Lee is three-under through six holes.

12.37pm - Adrian Meronk leads by two from Adam Scott. Ashleigh Buhai leads at 13-under. Jiyai Shin has dropped two shots so far today to be a shot back. Hannah Green double bogeyed the third to be two shots back.

12.07pm - A change to the top of the men's at the first hole with an Adam Scott bogey and an Adrian Meronk birdie handing the Pole the lead. In the same group, Min Woo Lee made eagle to jump to nine-under.

12.00pm - The leads groups are off and the broadcast has begun on Channel 9, Kayo Sports, Fox Sports and Spark Sport in New Zealand. There has already been a change at the top in the women's with Ashleigh Buhai birdieing the first hole and Jiyai Shin dropping a shot. In the men's, three spots in the 151st Open at Royal Liverpool are up for grabs for those not already exempt - Cameron Smith, Adrian Meronk, Adam Scott and Ryan Fox are the already exempt players. The current low round of the day belongs to Spaniard Alejandro Canizares at five-under after 15 holes.

10.30am - The current low rounds of the morning in the women's belong to amateur Caitlin Peirce and Stephanie Bunque, while Englishman Tom Lewis is already in the clubhouse shooting three-under this morning. Spaniard Alejandro Canizares is at the same mark through nine holes.

8.56am - The early groups are out on course here at Victoria Golf Club and the excitement is building ahead of the lead groups teeing off later this morning. Recap all the action from yesterday below.

Men's wrap:

Women's wrap:

Round three highlights:

Round Three

We are all set for a thrilling final day with Adam Scott leading by one from Adrian Meronk, while Jiyai Shin also leads by one from Ashleigh Buhai. The Lee siblings, Hannah Green, Haydn Barron and Grace Kim are all in the mix too and are expected to play in front of very supportive home crowds on Sunday.

4.20pm - Adrian Meronk makes birdie at the par-5 15th to move to nine-under and stand alone at the top of the men's leaderboard. He's six-under today through 15 holes.

4.12pm - Four birdies in a row for Ashleigh Buhai at seven, eight, nine and ten and she is 12-under, two back from leader Jiyai Shin who made five birdies in her bogey free front nine.

3.57pm - The men's leader is also tight at the top! Micheluzzi is nine-under par, while Adrain Meronk and Adam Scott are a further shot back.

3.55pm - Major winner Jiyai Shin, Hannah Green and Ashleigh Buhai are fighting it out at the top. Shin is two shots clear at 13-under as she is four-under through eight holes. Green in the same group is even-par today at 11-under, while Buhai is at the same mark, three-under for the day coming down the ninth hole.

2.31pm - Adrian Meronk has jumped into the lead alongside David Micheluzzi at nine-under, while Hannah Green has an early birdie.

1.45pm - Birdies for Minjee Lee (-6) and Ashleigh Buhai (-8) at the first. Steph Kyriacou (-5) and Jennifer Kupcho (-4) are also one-under so far after three holes. Min Woo Lee is on fire meanwhile, he's four-under through seven holes and two shots off the lead.

1.40pm - It's time for our women's lead group of Hannah Green, Jiyai Shin and So Yeon Ryu to tee off. Adam Scott, David Micheluzzi and Josh Geary are underway in the group in front. Minjee Lee, Grace Kim and Ashleigh Buhai are in the group in front of them this afternoon. The galleries are already packed to welcome them out on course!

1.25pm - Min Woo Lee and Japan's Ryo Hisatsune are both three-under through five holes in the same group and they are a shot back from Meronk alongside five other players at five-under.

1.19pm - Major champion Jennifer Kupcho starts her day with a birdie to move to four-under. Will she make a charge this afternoon?

1.16pm - A triple bogey at the par-4 17th undoes Lucas Herbert's earlier good work, while Pole Adrian Meronk has burst out of the gates with three birdies in his opening four holes. He sits two shots back from Micheluzzi and Scott in a share of third.

Herber12.35pm - Victoria is absolutely heaving! The sun is shining, the air is warm and there are heaps of people lining the fairways. They've been just been treated to something pretty special too with World Golf Hall of Famers Karrie Webb AO and Dame Laura Davies teeing off in the same group with Stephanie Bunque joining them.

12.31pm - The group of Lucas Herbert, Jason Scrivener and Connor McKinney are putting on a clinic! They all started the day even-par, but Herbert is now five-under, Scrivener four-under and McKinney two-under. They have three holes still to play.

12.19pm - Lucas Herbert and Scot Liam Johnston are both five-under for the day and the tournament to share third place alongside Haydn Barron, Josh Geary and Gunner Wiebe. Herbert and Johnston have four and three holes left to play respectively.

Ku11.09am - The crowd are willing every Cameron Smith shot into the hole, including his chip from the back of 7. It's a tap in par but he needs birdies from here on in to be a chance.

10.48am - Lucas Herbert is making a charge. Heโ€™s four-under at the turn!

10.29am - Five holes left to play for Cameron Smith and he's slipped back to one-over, two shots behind the projected cut. Meanwhile Lucas Herbert has started the day on fire! The Victorian is three-under for the day and the tournament after eight holes.

10.01am - Men's players to watch who are currently one shot below the projected second cut line at even par: Cameron Smith (thru 11), Cameron Davis, (thru 14), Elvis Smylie (thru 14) and Rasmus Hojgaard (thru 9). In the women's, professional debutant Kirsten Rudgeley is a player to keep an eye on. The West Australian is one-under for the round through eight holes.

9.47am - Spaniard Alejandro Canizares is moving his way up the leaderboard! The DP World Tour player is four-under for the day after 12 holes, and is on the verge of the top ten at three-under.

9.42am - A booming drive at the par-5 18th sets up birdie for Cameron Smith and he may have turned the corner. The 150th Open champion had been relying on his spectacular short game to bail him out of trouble earlier, but he is now two-under for the day through ten holes. He's moved back to even par overall is currently one shot back from the projected second cut line.

7.12am - The weekend action has begun! All play will be at Victoria Golf Club over the next two days, and all eyes are on Cameron Smith this morning. The 150th Open champion scraped in yesterday to make the cut on the number. Can he produce some magic to work his way into the top-30 (where the second cut will be made) by the end of the day?

Round Two

Round two leaderboards:

Round two highlights:

Men's wrap article:

Women's wrap article:

All Abilities wrap article:

Cuts confirmed:

  • The men's cut has been confirmed at 2-over with 71 players advancing to Saturday and Cameron Smith is one of them

  • The women's cut has been confirmed at 13-over with 78 players advancing to Saturday

3.58pm - Victoria: The Hannah Green birdie train keeps on rolling. A birdie at the par-3 16th and she is now ten-under!

3.49pm - Victoria: Hannah Green holes the eagle putt at the par-4 15th and moves two shots clear in the lead at nine-under! On the hole behind, Adam Scott sticks it close and makes his fifth birdie of the day to move to six-under. He's in second place, two shots off the lead.

3.41pm - Victoria: Hannah Green is tied for the lead alongside Ashleigh Buhai and So Teon Ryu (who both played this morning at Kingston Heath) and she has just driven the green at the par-4 15th. An eagle putt coming up!

3.19pm - Victoria: Adam Scott is delighting the strong Friday afternoon crowds by jumping into a share of second. Heโ€™s four-under for the day, five-under for the championship.

2.48pm - Kingston Heath: David Micheluzzi extends his lead as he moves to eight-under.

2.33pm - Victoria: The entire field is now out on course for the first round of the Australian All Abilities Championship.

2.15pm - Victoria: Adam Scott update: huge crowds are following the 2013 Masters champion and heโ€™s giving them plenty to cheer about. Scott is two-under today, three-under for the championship.

2.09pm - Victoria: Grace Kim still stands alone at the top courtesy of a brilliant up-and-down from the front left bunker to save par at the par-3 7th. Hannah Green is making her move as sheโ€™s jumped up into a share of second at seven-under.

12.59pm - Victoria: Grace Kim started her round with a birdie to retake the lead for herself, while Jiyai Shin is two-under through four holes to be a shot back alongside Buhai and Ryu.

12.26pm - Kingston Heath: Ashleigh Buhai and So Yeon Ryu are in the clubhouse at seven-under, just as fellow leader Grace Kim is about to tee off at Victoria.

12.07pm - Kingston Heath: The AIG Women's Open champion Ashleigh Buhai has moved into the lead alongside Grace Kim. So Yeon Ryu is a shot back and they both have one hole left to play. Cameron Smith finished his round not long ago to be two-over for the tournament and he is currently outside the cut line by a shot.

12pm - The broadcast has begun! Catch all the action on 9Gem, 9Now, Kayo Sports, Fox Sports and Spark Sport in New Zealand.

11.45am - Victoria: Josh Geary and Haydn Barron are both in the clubhouse in a share of second place at five-under par.

11.15am - Kingston Heath: So Yeon Ryu is level with Grace Kim on top of the leaderboard at seven-under, while AIG Womenโ€™s Open champion Ashleigh Buhai has moved into five-under.

10.39am - Victoria: Haydn Barron is second in the menโ€™s at five-under overall. Heโ€™s two-under today.

10.25am - Kingston Heath: Bogey for Cameron Smith at the fourth after missing his approach short sided left. Chip shot only just covered the swale, leaving a 15 footer for par. The 150th Open and Fortinet Australian PGA champion is two-over par with five holes to play.

10.06am - Kingston Heath: Adrian Meronk is on fire! He's six-under for the round through 12 holes, while Ryan Fox is five-under today and two-under for the championship.

9.55am - Kingston Heath: Steph Kyriacou is five-under for the day through ten holes! She's now six-under alongside So Yeon Ryu.

9.53am - Kingston Heath: Cameron Smith two putts for birdie at the first and follows it up with a sensational shot into the second to set up a second straight birdie. He's back to one-over.

9.33am - Kingston Heath: A stunning Cameron Smith 3-wood from an uneven, downhill lie in light rough finds the green at the par-5 first. Could that be the spark he has been searching for?

9.25am - Kingston Heath: Cameron Smith update: he gets up and down for par from the swale right of the ninth green. He turns in two-over for the round and three-over for the championship.

9.16am - Kingston Heath: Fans to the rescue for the Adrian Meronk. The Pole's shot into the ninth finishes in the long rough between the bunkers on the right. He almost stepped on his ball before the crowd yelled out to stop. He is five-under for the day, two-under for the tournament.

9.08am - Kingston Heath: Korean So Yeon Ryu has moved into a share of the lead at seven-under alongside Grace Kim (who will play at Victoria this afternoon). She's made for birdies for the day and is yet to drop a shot after six holes. In the men's, Frenchman Pierre Pineau and Dane Nicolai Hojgaard are in a share of second at five-under. They're two-under for the day and two shots back from leader David Micheluzzi (who will play Kingston Heath this afternoon).

9.00am - Kingston Heath: A fourth birdie of the day for Ryan Fox, this time at the par-5 14th. Like Adrian Meronk he has moved up 81 spots into a share of 22nd at four-under.

8.51am - Kingston Heath: The action is not stop at Kingston Heath this morning. Minjee lee birdies the par-5 14th to join Hannah Green and Jiyai Shin at five-under in a share of third. So Yeon Ryu has three birdies in her opening four holes to move into second at six-under par, one shot behind Grace Kim who tees off at 12.27pm at Victoria. Englishman Tom Lewis begins his day with an eagle at the par-5 first and is suddenly in a share of second at four-under, while countryman Daniel O'Loughlin starts his day with four consecutive birdies after shooting 77 at Victoria yesterday.

8.36am - Kingston Heath: Cameron Smith update: bogey at 10 and 14 and a birdie at 13 has him at +2 for the championship and in danger of missing the cut. Meanwhile Ryan Fox has made three birdies in four holes to start his round. The Kiwi is on the move in ideal conditions.

8.30am - Kingston Heath: Adrian Meronk of Poland is four-under par for the day through six holes! He is one-under overall and tied for 22nd after starting the morning in a tie for 81st.

8.27am - Kingston Heath: Minjee Lee is making her move. Birdies at 10 and 13 elevate her to a tie for fourth at four-under par. Korean So Yeon Ryu is a shot ahead of Lee after making two birdies in her opening three holes of the day. In the men's, Haydn Barron (Victoria), Frenchman Peirre Pineau and Matthew Griffin are all four-under par.

7.00am - Kingston Heath: All eyes are on Cameron Smith this morning as he seeks to bounce back from a disappointing one-over par round at Victoria yesterday. He has just teed off with a strong crowd already in attendance, while Minjee Lee will not be far behind as she is playing in the following group.

6.55am - Victoria: Round two is under way with New Zealander Josh Geary who is currently tied for second in the first group of the day.

Round One

Men's wrap:

Women's wrap:

5.17pm - Victoria: The first day's play is winding down with Matt Griffin using some local knowledge and New Zealand's Josh Geary (Kingston Heath) impressing to share second place in the men's. Minjee Lee wrapped up her opening round not too long ago and finished with a two-under par 70. In the group in front, Cameron Smith was left frustrated by a difficult day that ended in him being one-over par and needing a good round at Kingston Heath tomorrow to make the cut.

3.48pm - Kingston Heath: New Zealand's Josh Geary is putting on a show at five-under par through 13 holes, while Queenslander Douglas Klein is four-under after seven holes.

3.46pm - Victoria: Minjee Lee is a two-under par through 13 holes alongside AIG Women's Open champion Ashleigh Buhai and LPGA player Jenny Shin through 11 and 10 holes respectively.

3.24pm - Kingston Heath: New Zealand's Josh Geary has moved into second place at

four-under par through 12 holes (he teed off the tenth hole).

How to use the Victoria Golf Club interactive map:

Afternoon highlights:

2.39pm - Victoria: Local Matthew Griffin has announced himself as one to watch for the remainder of the afternoon as he sits four-under par after ten holes.

2.14pm - Victoria: Minjee Lee has started to make a move up the leaderboard with an eagle at the par-5 eighth to go to two-under par.

1.28pm - Victoria: The big afternoon crowds are witnessing a show from their Victorian hero Marc Leishman who started with a trio of birdies. Cameron Smith and Minjee Lee are both one-under par with Smith through five holes and Lee through four holes.

12.35pm - Victoria: David Micheluzzi wraps up his remarkable day with an eighth birdie to also finish with a seven-under par 63. He leads by four shots and itโ€™s also a course record!

12.22pm - Kingston Heath: Grace Kim ends her round with a birdie to finish seven-under par and equal the course record with 66! She leads by two shots.

12pm - The broadcast has begun! Tune in on 9Gem, 9Now, Kayo Sports, Fox Sports and Spark Sport in New Zealand.

11.39am - Kingston Heath: Grace Kim leads the women's at six-under with two holes to play. Hannah Green and Jiyai Shin are now in the clubhouse with a pair of five-under par 68s.

11.37am - Victoria: David Micheluzzi is on fire! His seventh birdie of the day takes him to six-under par with four holes left to play. He leads by three shots from Peter Lonard (Kingston Heath).

11.19am - Victoria: David Micheluzzi jumps up to five-under to lead the men's by two shots. The Victorian is through 13 holes after starting his day on the tenth.

11.18am - Kingston Heath: Hannah Green, Grace Kim and Jiyai Shin are now all at five-under on top of the women's leaderboard! Green and Shin have two holes to play, while Kim has four holes remaining.

11.05am - Kingston Heath: Grace Kim is the women's leader at five-under after Hannah Green slipped back to four-under with a bogey at the sixth (she teed off from the tenth). New Zealand amateur Fiona Xu (Victoria)and Korean Jiyai Shin are tied for second alongside Green.

11.03am - Victoria: David Micheluzzi and Denzel Ieremia are tied on top at four-under through 11 holes, while Peter Lonard (Kingston Heath) and Terry Pilkadaris are a shot back.

10.26am - Kingston Heath: We also have joint leaders in the women's! A first dropped shot for Hannah Green of the tournament moves her back to five-under par alongside Grace Kim. New Zealand amateur Fiona Xu, who won the Australian Amateur title this year, Korea's Jiyai Shin, New Zealander Momoka Kobori and Chinese Taipei's Ya-Chun Chang are all a shot back.

10.16am - Victoria: We have a three-way tie at the top of the men's with Victorian David Micheluzzi, New Zealander Denzel Ieremia and American Gunner Wiebe (playing at Kingston Heath) all at three-under par.

9.47am - Kingston Heath: The birdies just keep rolling in for Hannah Green! She's started her second nine (the front nine) with another birdie to now be six-under par.

9:26am - Victoria: Denzel Ieremia has jumped out to a two shot lead in the menโ€™s at four-under par, while Hannah Green has reached the turn at five-under at Kingston Heath. Grace Kim is a shot back.

9.05am - Victoria: Most of the field have found the going tough on a cool but calm morning at Victoria. Two New Zealanders, Nick Voke and Denzel Ieremia, have taken a liking to the conditions however and moved into a share of the menโ€™s lead at two-under par alongside Chinese amateur Wenyi Ding and American Gunner Wiebe (both playing at Kingston Heath).

8.32am - Kingston Heath: Hannah Green continues her red-hot start with a birdie at the iconic par-3 15th and she moves to four-under alongside Grace Kim who is yet to put anything other than a birdie on her scorecard!

8.20am - Kingston Heath: A birdie for Grace Kim at the par-5 12th moves her to three-under through three holes and into the lead.

7.53am - Kingston Heath: Wade Ormsby has jumped out to the men's lead at two-under par through three holes with birdies at the first and third.

7.49am - Kingston Heath: A two putt par for Hannah Green (after the below pitch shot) at the par-5 12th to stay at two-under, while Adam Scott has made a bogey-birdie start to his day.

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7.28am - Kingston Heath: A brilliant shot into six feet at the par-3 11th leads to back-to-back birdies for Hannah Green and she is setting the pace early.

7.17am - Kingston Heath: Hannah Green and Jiyai Shin begin their campaigns in style with a pair of two-putt birdies at the par-5 tenth.

7.11am - Kingston Heath: Our first male marquee group of Presidents Cup teammates Adam Scott and Cam Davis and Asia-Pacific Amateur champion Harrison Crowe are off and running.

7.00am - Kingston Heath: The tournament gets under way at Kingston Heath with our first marquee group of Hannah Green, Xiyu Lin and Jiyai Shin kicking things off from the tenth tee, while Kirstoff Reitan, Wade Ormsby and Hayden Hopewell tee off from the first.

6.55am - Victoria: The ISPS HANDA Australian Open has begun with Kade McBride, Luke Brown and Max McCardle the first group out on course.

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