Date: July 13, 2017
Author: Martin Blake

Aussies aim to break drought

Six Australians tee it up in the US Women's Open at Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey tonight aiming to break a 16-year drought in the event.

Karrie Webb, who is playing in the tournament starting tonight (Australian eastern time), is the last Australian to win the Women's US Open, taking the second of her two titles in 2001. She also won it in 2000, when she was the dominant player in women's golf.

Minjee Lee, Su Oh, Katherine Kirk, Sarah Jane Smith, amateur Robyn Choi and Webb are the Aussie contingent at a course owned by the US President, who is expected to make an appearance at some point.

Nineteen-year-old Choi, a Royal Pines member who plays college golf in the USA, came through qualifying.

Kirk won in America last week and was the last player to take her spot in the field, while Lee, Oh, Smith and Webb have all been playing on the LPGA Tour, Lee at world No. 17 being the highest-ranked.

Three of the Australians — Oh, Webb and Smith — have been grouped together for the first two rounds.

Australian tee times today: (AEST)

9:07 pm Minjee Lee
10.24 pm Katherine Kirk
3.25 am Su Oh, Karrie Webb, Sarah Jane Smith
4.09am Robyn Choi