It was a day of firsts in the final round of the Vic Open at 13th Beach Golf Links on the Bellarine Peninsula near Melbourne with the men's victor, David Law, and the victor of the women's event, Celine Boutier, both winning for the first time on their respective tours.
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Thomas, on her LPGA debut and with her brother carrying her bags, fired a 69 while Su recovered from a bogey on the 17th with a birdie on the 18th to ensure she ended in a tie for second.
Playing in the final group alongside overnight leader Kim Kaufman and Boutier, the 22-year-old Oh began sluggishly before threatening to make a move in the closing holes. The men's European Tour is co-sanctioning the Perth World Super 6 in Western Australia next week.
Boutier made a crucial birdie on the par-4 15th hole and showed nerves of steel to claim a two-shot victory in the $1.5 million tournament at 13th Beach. With a pump of her fist, she clearly knew that it was a major moment. "On 15 when I made that putt, kind of really made me like motivate myself and made me really more confident in my abilities to win the tournament". Yeah, I'll go home, reflect a little bit on things and reassess.
Oh, joint runner-up in the 2015 Vic Open, knew she'd done well to remain in touch with Kaufman despite not having her best form, and knows it will likely be tense tomorrow as she, as Kaufman, chases her first LPGA Tour crown.
"It was a insane day", said Kemp. Playing in the day's second group, the 33-year-old from New South Wales bounced back from an opening double-bogey to absolutely blitz her way around the Beach Course.
"It was one of those days you nearly can't remember what happened", said Kemp, who knocked in five consecutive birdies at Nos. 4-8. I tried to stay patient. "My club wasn't even set but I stood there too long and thought "I've just got to hit this" and as soon as I did I thought 'It's gone way too far.' I just jarred it". She holed out from the bunker on the par-3 seventh to help salvage her round.
"We had maybe two tee boxes where we got out of it and we all just went, "Oh, thank God for one second".
Through the first two events of the LPGA season, 21 players have top-10 finishes, led by Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions victor Eun-Hee Ji and ISPS Handa Vic Open victor Celine Boutier.