Su Oh – a timely return to form – Steve Dykes Getty Images
Victorian Su Oh has equaled her best ever finish on the LPGA Tour when finishing runner-up at the Cambia Portland Classic in Oregon this weekend.
Oh finished tied for second with Jeongeun Lee and four shots behind the former world number one, Jin Young Ko, after a final round of 69 and pocketed a cheque for $US110,000 in the process.
Oh has battled for much of 2021 but on a windswept and rain effected layout, she produced her best LPGA Tour finish since finishing runner-up at the Meijer LPGA Classic in 2019, signalling a continuation of an improvement in recent starts.
The event had been reduced to 54 holes after stormy weather buffeted the new venue for this event on Saturday but Oh handled the delay in her stride.
“I mean it’s definitely different. But I think we’re all pretty used to playing golf, so it’s not going to be new out here. Maybe since it’s such a hike of a golf course maybe it was nice having a day off.
“I just came out to putt )on Saturday) because I didn’t really putt that well on Friday. But it was kind of nice in a way and a bit strange in a way. I guess everyone that doesn’t finish first wishes there’s “another day tomorrow, right?
But still second is not a bad finish, so best one for the year, so hopefully get some momentum going into the next few tournaments.”
Oh, a contemporary of Australia’s number one golfer, Minjee Lee, has played the LPGA Tour since 2016, her best year to date coming in 2019 when runner-up on two occasions. With just five events remaining prior to the Tour Championship, the return to form comes at a good time for the, still only, 25 year old.
Her finish this week improves her to 47th in the Race to the Globe standings from her 72nd position starting the week and increases the possibility of her making the 60 player field for the Tour Championship.
The winner, Ko, led into the final round and was never really threatened as she eased to a four shot victory, claiming her 9th LPGA Tour title and opening the possibility of a return to the number one spot in the female game she held for nearly two years before Nelly Korda took the mantle.
Other Australians to complete the event were Katherine Kirk 26th and former winner of the event Hannah Green who finished 57th.