Date: July 24, 2019
Author: Justin Falconer

Su set to strike across major fortnight

She was the first of Team Australia to reach Hannah Green on the 72nd hole at Hazeltine and Victorian Su Oh is hoping a major moment of her own will come in the next fortnight.

The world’s top 120 women have touched down on the French side of Lake Geneva for this week’s Evian Championship, the fourth women’s major of the year.

The Evian kick starts a bumper two weeks for the women’s game, with the AIG Women’s British Open – the year’s fifth and final major – under way next week at Woburn.

Having seen her close friend and fellow Australian seize the moment on the world’s biggest stage just last month, Oh is aiming high as the LPGA Tour season heats up.

“I was really happy for Greeny, we’ve stayed together a lot,” Oh said on Tuesday.

“I guess it was a surprise but she was so calm out there. She’s always very calm and chilled out and that just showed on the golf course. I could probably learn from that.

“It shows that you never know what’s going to happen, just keep grinding away.”

The Evian Championship has returned to the drier month of July after a stint in September.

Adapting to the firmer conditions has been the number one priority for most since touching down.

This year will be Oh’s fourth start at Evian Resort and she believes having some prior familiarity with Evian Resort, and Woburn next week, will be important over the next fortnight.

“I feel like I’ve been progressively hitting the ball a little bit better every week,” Oh said.

“I think this is definitely a ball-striker’s golf course, fairways are tight and it’s a very undulating golf course so second shots are important.

The only saving grace is we’ve played both courses.

“I’ve never played this tournament in July, it was always in September. The weather and how the course plays might be different.”

Oh backed up a runner-up finish just prior to the Women’s KPMG PGA Championship with another top 20 shortly after.

In the process the Victorian locked up her 2020 LPGA Tour card and feels like she’s turned a corner with her form.

And there’d be no better time for Oh to capitalise on her improved ball-striking and find a way to set a new career-high on the LPGA Tour’s season-long money list.

“I’ve always finished like 50th in the last few seasons, so hopefully I’ll finish in the top 30 this year,” Oh said.

“These two majors are so important because this is where you gain the most position, because the money’s so big.”

Oh’s Evian campaign kicks off at 1:44pm local time (9:44pm AEST) on Thursday afternoon.