Date: February 18, 2017
Author: Golf Australia

LIVE: Oh set for final group showdown


Victorian Su Oh capitalised on a stagnant leaderboard at the 2017 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open, the rising star shooting into the top 10 with an impressive third round.

The 2016 Rio Olympian rattled off seven birdies on Saturday to sign for a round of 5-under 68, leaving her within two shots of outright leader Lizette Salas at the close of play.

Oh will join the American in Sunday's final pairing, after Salas stormed to 10-under for the week with three birdies in her final five holes.

Oh got off to a flying start with a pair of birdies in her opening three holes.

After dropping a shot at the par-3 12th hole, Oh bounced back immediately with a birdie, picking up another stroke at the 15th to hit 7-under for the week.

But the cream on the Victorian's cake came on 18, Oh rolling home a 15-foot birdie try in front of a captivated gallery.

Meanwhile World Number One Lydia Ko’s 2017 charge at a second Patricia Bridges Bowl looks all but over after an even-par third round on Saturday Morning.

The Kiwi was running out of holes at the 2017 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open as she tried to close the gap on then outright Australian leader Sarah-Jane Smith, Ko recording just two birdies against two bogeys in an uneventful round.

Ko started the day nine shots out of the lead at even-par for the tournament and subsequently failed to make any ground Smith in the morning’s cool and gusty conditions.

“I think I was playing a couple of yards for the coolness and the temperature itself, but it wasn’t easy,” Ko said after her round.

Ko admitted her work off her tee let her down on Saturday morning, as she hunted, but couldn’t manufacture, a vintage low score.

“I didn’t hit my drives very well compared to the last two days,” Ko said.

“My putting stroke was good but not many putts went in. Hopefully I’m just saving it up for tomorrow.

The two-time major champion was optimistic about her chances heading into Sunday’s final round, but will be banking on brutal winds this afternoon and a turn in fortunes on the greens.

“I’ve got one day to go and there’s so many good things that are going right,” Ko said.

“Hopefully it’ll all come together. You just never know, I’m not really sure what the weather forecast is for tomorrow.

“Especially with the wind, the course plays a lot tougher.”



Ko's playing partner of the opening two days, Canadian Brooke Henderson, also looks set for a cruisy Sunday.

The World Number Eight has climbed the leaderboard on Saturday morning after teeing off in the day's first group on her own, but her even-par 73 also likely leaves her out of the race for the Patricia Bridges Bowl.

The rising star is even-par for the week, Henderson having only recorded two birdies in her last 33 holes at Royal Adelaide.