Jodi Ewart Shadoff – tied for the lead – photo Golf Australia

Korean superstar Inbee Park and Englishwoman Jodi Ewart Shadoff have a one-shot lead at the Women’s Australian Open at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club in Adelaide, the pair one shot ahead of American Jillian Hollis and two ahead of American Marina Alex and Korean Ayean Cho.

Park, who missed the cut in her opening two starts of the 2020 season, is chasing her 20th LPGA Tour title (seven of those majors) and after beginning the tournament with an eagle on the first hole on Thursday morning has continued to build on her remarkable start.

On the other hand, Shadoff, a former star during her time at the University of New Mexico, has yet to win on the LPGA Tour although she does have a runner-up finish to her name at the 2017 Women’s British Open and a 4th place finish at the US Open so she has shown a capacity to handle strong golf courses well.

“A bogey-free round today was good,” said Park. “It was a little bit more calm this morning, so it was nice to play out there.  Yeah, my putting was consistent, like last couple of days, so it was good. I just  love  the golf  course and  the atmosphere here. So, hopefully I can pull it off on the weekend.”

Hollis is playing just her third LPGA Tour event as a cardholder after advancing from the Futures Tour last year where she won twice.

The Australians are headed by Hannah Green who is tied for 8th place at 6 under and four shots from the lead.

Hannah Green

“I’ve actually never played with Inbee before, so I was trying to get as close to her as possible,” said Green.  “She’s obviously a great player. Yeah, it’s going to be very challenging, considering all she’s achieved in her career.  It’s not the first time she’s led after two rounds.  So, hopefully, Ican have some putts drop and be in contention.

“I know  the conditions  are  going  to  be  very  tough  this weekend,  so I’ve  just  got  to  stay patient and put myself in good positions, I guess, for Sunday.

Minjee Lee is the next best of the Australians tied for 24th at 4 under and six shots from the leaders.