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.

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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.

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