SU OH HAPPY TO BE BACK IN GEAR AND BACK AT HOME
2019 has been an up-and-down year for Australia’s Su Oh. She tied her career-best finish with runner-up showings at the ISPS Handa Vic Open and the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, but she also went on a streak of six consecutive missed cuts in the spring and early summer.
After two days of working on her putting, Oh is finally back in contention. She sits just two strokes off the lead heading into the final round of the BMW Ladies Championship.
“Hit the ball good today and rolled some putts in the hole this time,” said Oh. “So that sort of kept my round going. Some really good par saves. I think I still left a couple out there like coming in. I think the nerves got there a little bit. I was trying to like make some putts but I still made some good par saves, and overall I played pretty well.”
This week is also a homecoming for the 23-year-old. Oh was born near Busan and attended school just down the street from this week’s official hotel before moving to Melbourne, Australia, at age 7.
“I think it's a lot nicer that I have like family here, so they all came out to watch,” said Oh, whose father’s family still resides in Busan. “I can tell where they are always. So it's been really nice and they’ve just been giving me food. Yeah, so that's been good.”
ROLEX PLAYER OF THE YEAR UPDATE
Rolex Ranking No. 1 Jin Young Ko is tied for eighth at -9 after a third-round 71. Ko can clinch Rolex Player of the Year honors by finishing sixth or better. She can also earn the award if Jeongeun Lee6 does not win the tournament. Lee6 heads into Sunday tied for 12th at -8.
WITH A WIN
- Somi Lee, Seung Yeon Lee or Ha Na Jang would be able to accept immediate LPGA Tour Membership or defer Membership to the 2020 season
- S. Lee, S.Y. Lee or Jang would become the second non-Member winner of the 2019 season, joining AIG Women’s British Open winner Hinako Shibuno
- Jang, who was an LPGA Tour Member from January 2015 to May 2017, would earn her fifth LPGA Tour victory and first since the 2017 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
- Danielle Kang would become the first player to win consecutive events since Shanshan Feng won the 2017 TOTO Japan Classic and the 2019 Blue Bay LPGA
- With the $300,000 winner’s check, Kang would move to $5,077,644 in career earnings and become the 69th player in history to break the $5 million threshold
- Amy Yang would earn her fifth LPGA Tour victory and fifth win in Asia, joining the 2013 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship and the 2015, 2017 and 2017 Honda LPGA Thailand
- Su Oh would become the seventh Rolex First-Time Winner of 2019
Rolex Rankings No. 107 Somi Lee (68-68-67)
- She hit 12 of 14 fairways and 17 of 18 greens, with 31 putts
- Lee is in her rookie season on the KLPGA Tour; her best finish is second at the Hite Jinro Championship, one of the KLPGA Tour’s five majors, and the E1 Charity Open
- This is her first LPGA Tour event
Rolex Rankings No. 114 Seung Yeon Lee (67-68-68)
- She hit 10 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens, with 29 putts
- Lee is in her rookie season on the KLPGA Tour; she won the 2019 NEXEN - Saint Nine Masters
- This is her second LPGA Tour event, joining the 2018 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, where she finished 43rd
Rolex Rankings No. 56 Ha Na Jang (69-67-68)
- She hit 11 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens, with 29 putts
- Jang is a member of the KLPGA Tour, where she has 11 victories, including the 2019 Hana Financial Group Championship
- From January 2015 to May 2017, Jang was a member of the LPGA Tour, where she had four victories, most recently the 2017 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open; in May 2017, she rescinded her LPGA Tour Membership and returned to the KLPGA Tour, citing a desire to be closer to her family