Player Profiles

World No.1 Ariya Jutanugarn and Australia's top professional golfer Minjee Lee are set to headline the star-studded field assembling for the 2019 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

View player profiles of the marquee players below or click here to view the entry list as of Monday 11 February 2019.

Note: The above list is the current list of Exempt players who have committed to play the 2019 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open as of the date specified. Other players will join this list once certain qualifying events are completed, these include the Tuesday Qualifying Round.  

 

Minjee Lee

Wins: 4 (LPGA), 2 (ALPG)

A homecoming after her wonderful year overseas, where the 22-year-old climbed to No. 6 in the world. Has contended almost routinely in her national Open, was top-five last year and in 2016, top 10 in 2015 and played in the final group as an amateur in 2014. Desperate to do this at home.

 

Hannah Green

Wins: 2 (ALPG)

Kicked off her great 2018 by finishing third at Kooyonga last year. Perth’s blossoming young star went on to play well on the LPGA Tour, holding her card.  Also was tied-seventh in 2017, and will be a player to watch.

 

Su Oh

Wins: 1 (ALPG)

Extraordinary that the likeable Melburnian has played every Open since she was 12! A prodigy who is making her 11th appearance in the tournament. Had a good year on the LPGA Tour, competing well at the highest level.

 

Karrie Webb

Wins: 41 (LPGA), 13 (ALPG)

A five-time winner of the Open, she comes to The Grange in a good place having stepped away from the worldwide travel caravan. The legendary Queenslander picks and chooses her events now but still harbours a fierce desire to win.

 

Steph Na

Wins: 0

Hometown veteran who has played 12 previous Women’s Australian Opens. Had her best result (T19) last year at Kooyonga, and as a Royal Adelaide member, will have plenty of support in Adelaide.

 

Katherine Kirk

Wins: 3 (LPGA), 7 (ALPG)

Still ranked No. 86 in the world, the ever-smiling Queenslander has been an enduring star of our game. Kirk played her first women’s Open in 2006, and has six top-10 finishes, including a fourth at Kooyonga last year.

 

Jin Young Ko (South Korea)

Wins: 2 (LPGA)

Last year’s winner, the amiable Korean from the golfing machine of Asia dominated at Kooyonga on her way to an outstanding rookie season on the LPGA Tour. Was 10th in the world at the end of 2018 and will be a strong favourite at The Grange.

 

Lydia Ko (New Zealand)

Wins: 15 (LPGA), 5 (ALPG)

Our 2015 Women’s Australian Open winner, the Kiwi Ko remains a force in world golf at No. 14 despite her incredible form of 2014-16, when she reached No. 1 in the world, having faded. A great supporter of Australian golf, she played in the 2011 edition as a 13-year-old amateur.

 

Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand)

Wins: 10 (LPGA)

The reigning world No. 1 had an amazing 2018 that included three wins. The sight of her booming tee shots will thrill Open followers at The Grange. Has come close in the Open before, finishing tied-seventh in 2018 and tied-third in 2017.

 

Nelly Korda  (USA)

Wins: 1 (LPGA)

The 20-year-old has already won on the world’s biggest tour and is ranked inside the top 25 in the world with her power game. Younger sister of the multiple winner Jessica Korda, she is quickly making her own name in golf. Was tied-40th at Kooyonga.

 

Emma Talley (USA)

Wins: 0

The 2013 US amateur champion had her rookie season on the LPGA Tour in 2018, kicking it off with a top-10 finish at the Women’s Australian Open at Kooyonga. At 24 represents the next wave of American superstar golfers.

WOMEN'S AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Pos.CountryPlayer TotalToday
1 USA N.Korda -17-5
2 KOR J.Ko -15-8
3 TPE W.Hsu -12-4
T4 JPN H.Nomura -11-2
T4 USA A.Yin -11-6
T6 ESP A.Munoz -10-7
T6 CAN A.Sharp -10-4
T8 ENG J.Ewart Shadoff -9-1