Su Oh in action today – photo Warren Little/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

Sue Oh and Minjee Lee head the Australasian challenge at the halfway mark of golf’s final major championship of 2021, the AIG Women’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

The pair are in a share of 12th place at 4 under but only three shots from the lead held by American Mina Harigae and the 2018 champion Georgia Hall of England.

Both Oh and Lee have recorded identical scores of 71 and 69 on the demanding Open Championship layout and are nicely placed as the US$5.8 million event heads into the weekend.

Sydney’s Stephanie Kyriacou reeled of a stunning closing nine of 30 to finish at 2 under after being well outside the cut line when she made the turn. It was by some way the most brilliant stretch of golf for the day and has given the two time Ladies European Tour event winner a chance over the weekend

Hannah Green and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko are another shot back at 1 under and were the only other Australasians to have made the cut.

When asked if Carnoustie might offer a low round for her over the weekend, Lee responded; “Depends on the weather. If we get no wind, I think it’s very scorable. You know, obviously it’s a tough test, but it’s very fair. So if you hit good shots, you’re going to get rewarded. So I think it all depends on the weather.”

Oh was a little more descriptive. “I hit the ball much better today which was nice. You know, stayed on the fairways most of the day. I hit them, I don’t know, felt like the first few holes, I rolled a few in from, you know, 30 feet and hit a couple close.

“So that helped, and then the back nine is tricky. Just didn’t really have any good chances. I was probably ten feet on 14, and that was really my only birdie try and I hit it close on 16 but misread the putt.

“The weather doesn’t look very good tomorrow. So I think playing — I don’t think there’s going to be too many birdies out there. I mean, I don’t know if it’s going to be calm and rainy or windy and rainy. So we’re just going to have to see what the conditions — I’d love to make a charge obviously, but you can’t really get too aggressive out there.”