Date: June 17, 2019
Author: Martin Blake

Su superb for second on LPGA

Su Oh’s second-place finish in the LPGA Tour’s Meijer Classic in Michigan is a potential turning point for the Australian.

Oh, the 23-year-old from Melbourne, shot a brilliant final-round 66 to go with her Saturday 64 to finish in a three-way tie for second behind Canadian Brooke Henderson, a shot back at 20-under par.

It follows a tough period during which she missed six consecutive cuts, followed up by a tied-37th

It was just her second top-10 finish of a difficult season on the LPGA Tour for Oh, who represented Australia at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games and won a world teams championship for her country as an amateur.

The Metropolitan Golf Club member canned six birdies today including a bomb on the 16th hole from long range, a moment that gave her "goosebumps all down my body". She turned in 31 but picked up just the one shot on the back nine.

It came after an incredible third round in which she had nine birdies, and shows what a change has come over her. She was in the mix right to the end, just a shot back when Henderson bogeyed the 16th hole, then making an up-and-down for par at the 17th.

At the par-five 18th, needing eagle to force the issue, she pushed her tee shot wide into the trees and had to punch it out into play and taking eagle out of the equation. But Oh hit a lovely wedge into the green and had a three-metre birdie putt that could have put her into a playoff. Alas, she pulled it left. "I gave that one away," she said later.

Oh’s missed cut streak came in April-May after she started the season finishing tied-second at the ISPS Handa Vic Open at 13th Beach. She has played four seasons on the LPGA Tour and is ranked 97th in the world. Asked if it validated her hard work in recent times, she said: "For sure. I've been working on my swing a lot, and I actually didn't drive it as well as I have been the last few weeks but my irons have been really good. My putting is getting better, so overall it's been really good.

"I didn't feel like I played out of my skin to get in this position; I've hit good shots. Just I

think if I just keep putting myself there, then I'll have a good chance."

Henderson closed with a three-putt par at the 18th hole to complete her ninth tour win and keep herself ahead of Oh, American Lexi Thompson and Japan’s Nasa Hataoka, both of whom eagled the final hole.

The other prominent Australian was world No. 2 Minjee Lee, who finished tied-16th.