Su Oh – on course this week – photo Getty Images
A tap in eagle at her final hole of today’s second round of the Honda LPGA event in Thailand has given Victorian Su Oh a share of the halfway lead with Japan’s Nasa Hataoka at the Siam Country Club in Chonburi in Thailand and a chance at a first LPGA Tour tile.
The pair leads by one over Frenchwoman Celine Boutier and Denmark’s Nanna Koerstz Madsen with Oh chasing her first LPGA Tour title and Hataoka her 6th.
Oh began the day in a share of the lead after an opening round of 63 and although she would birdie five of her first 12 holes on day two it would not be until her three wood approach to the par 5 last finished less that two feet from the hole that she was assured of retaining a share of the lead.
14 birdies, one eagle and no bogeys highlighted an impressive day although, interestingly, she was not all that happy with her ball striking.
“The impact wasn’t very good today,” said the 25 year old Oh. “I was just kind of scrambling really well out there.
“I was like, come on, you want to hit some good shots before going into tomorrow. Such a long day, so I don’t think I would want to hit balls after.
“So just some things that I’ve just been working on in my swing, and I think it was just more the will of like hitting the ball solid.
“So, yeah, and I kind of had a really good yardage to that back pin at the last. Didn’t matter how hard I hit my 3-wood, it wouldn’t have carried on top, so I think that helped.
“I knew it was going to cover the front and then I knew I would have to get lucky, but it was pretty good number so I was like, Come on. Just hit the ball solid.
“So, yeah, kind of worked out really well.”
Oh is playing her fourth LPGA Tour event of the season after winning the Women’s Australian PGA Championship in Brisbane in January and although yet to win on the LPGA Tour in her six year career, she has opened the door for such a possibility.
This event has hardly been a great venue for her with a best of 62nd in her four previous starts.
“I don’t know,” added Oh when reminded she had not played well in Thailand previously. “Maybe that’s why – zero expectation.
“I know this golf course. You kind of have to hit it long, like it’s a long hitter’s course. So, I literally tried to hit it really hard on off the tee every shot.
“I actually didn’t drive it that great, but, I mean, it wasn’t bad clearly, so I knew — I just — you don’t really have to be that straight here. You can just hit it really far, and then you have such a big advantage.
“So I just tried to hit it pretty long. Yeah, I just knew I was like, Oh, it’s such a hard event to miss since you’re in Singapore. Yeah hopefully this — you know you don’t have to keep playing well. You just need one good week.”
Minjee Lee is tied for 8th and five shots of the lead, Hannah Green is 15th and two shots further back and Sarah Kemp withdrew after an opening round of 80.