22 Apr 2021 | Professional golf |
Oh's blazing start to LA Open
by Martin Blake
Su Oh's dramatic turnaround in form has put her in contention at the LPGA Tour's LA Open in Los Angeles. The Australian has found her way back to her best after a long run of outs, shooting a five-under par 66 with six birdies to be tied-fifth after the first round of the tournament. It follows her tied-27th finish at the Lotte Championship in Hawaii last week, where she chipped in on Friday to make the cut. She came close to winning The Players Series at Rosebud in January, ultimately finishing third in the mixed gender event behind Brad Kennedy. But it has been a hard road for Oh, 24, who at one point missed eight consecutive cuts in 2020 on the LPGA Tour and made just $97,000.
Oh represented Australia at the Rio Olympics and has 13 top-10 finishes in her six years on the main tour, but is yet to log a victory on the LPGA Tour. The world No. 95 is two shots from the lead held by Jessica Korda of the United States at seven under. The other Australians also fared well on day one at Wilshire Country Club, with Hannah Green inside the top 20 after opening with a three-under par 68, while Sarah Kemp (69), Minjee Lee (70) and Gabriela Ruffels (70) also broke par, while Sarah Jane Smith opened with a 71 and Katherine Kirk a 74.
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