SU OH: YEARNING OPEN SUCCESS
The young Victorian would like nothing more than winning her maiden LPGA Tour title on home soil at the Women’s Australian Open.
WHEN Su Oh looks back on 2016 much of it might seem a blur. But sitting back in Melbourne in the o-season she could reflect on a year where she was able to achieve what few have been able to do before her.
She began the year in Adelaide at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open where she finished tied 14th before heading to the United States to try and Monday qualify for events on the LPGA Tour. She left our shores with no Tour status but she had dogged determination to crack a regular spot on the Tour.
The former World No.1 amateur did get some starts and she grabbed her opportunities with both hands. A series of strong results through May and June with a runner-up finish at the Kingsmill Classic and a tie for eighth at the year’s second major, the Women’s PGA Championship, set her year up.
Ultimately her rookie year performance would earn her an LPGA Tour card for 2017.
“I’m very excited for this year,” says Oh, who banked more than US$380,000 from 22 LPGA Tour starts.
“If someone said to me at the beginning of last year ‘you’re going to finish 50th on the LPGA Money List this year’ I would have said ‘you’re kidding’.
“I felt like I could do it but at that stage I didn’t know how I was going to do it because I had no status.
“Somehow I played well enough to get to the Olympics and somehow got into all the Asian events and finished 50th.”
But that early season success resulted in a hectic second half of 2016 when she played as many events as possible, on courses with limited preparation, to ensure her card was secure.
“For me I had to keep playing practice rounds because I didn’t know the courses.