Su Oh shoots 65 to finish second at Kingsmill

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn may be the talk of the town after winning her second consecutive LPGA event, but it was the performance of Melbourne’s Su Oh that has Australian golf fans excited.

The Melbourne teenager, who turns 20 this week, shot a final round six-under 65 that saw her just a shot out of earning a spot in a playoff.

Su Oh Su Oh (Credit: LET)

Jutanugarn claimed the Kingsmill Championship in Richmond, Va. with a final round 67 to finish at 14-under par, one clear of Oh with American Gerina Piller and Sei Young Kim of South Korea finished tied for third at 12-under par.

Oh sank a long birdie putt from the fringe on the 18th to get to 13-under and apply pressure to the Thai but ultimately, she had to settle for her best result in her short rookie season on the LPGA Tour.

“You can always be a little more pleased, but yeah, I’m very happy with how it went today,” said Oh. “I got off to a really good start, which was nice, and just kept it going until the end.”

Oh’s finish boosts her bank balance by US$119,198 but more importantly, assured her of her place on the biggest stage in women’s golf for the remainder of this year and most likely, next season.

She also moved into third place on the LPGA’s Rookie of the Year standings.

Defending champion and Oh’s former Australian amateur teammate, Minjee Lee put up a solid defence of her title to finish tied for 10th place at 8-under, ahead of Karrie Webb (T26th) and Sarah Jane Smith (T73rd).

The Australian LPGA contingent, buoyed by inspiration gained from rookie Oh’s performance this week and with major championships on the horizon, head to Michigan for the inaugural LPGA Volvik Championship this week.