SU Oh was constantly compared with Western Australian Minjee Lee throughout their amateur careers and with Lee’s rapid rise in the women’s game, Oh has had to fight hard to be given the plaudits she’s due.
Oh made her pro debut with a runner-up finish at the 2015 Victorian Open and won the following week at the Australian Ladies Masters on the Gold Coast but success in the US has been more of a slow burn.
After failing to get through LPGA Q-School at the end of 2014, Oh again missed out on a full card 12 months later but her T32nd finish did at least ensure her a few starts in on the leading women's tour for 2016.
GW PROFILE: SU OH
And like a true champion, the 20-year-old cashed in on the limited opportunities she was given.
At the Kingsmill Championship in May, Oh finished outright second and banked $US119,198 to all but guarantee a full card for 2017.
In June, she logged her first career top-10 in a major with an 8th place finish at the Women’s PGA and ended the season in 50th place on the Race to the CME Globe.
While that may sound modest, it’s a life-changing season for the Melburnian who can now pick her own schedule and won’t be under the sort of pressure she was in 2016 to put up some high finishes early in the year.
GOLFING WORLD: MY HERO - SU OH
Two more experiences that aren't to be underestimated were Oh's two appearances in Australian colours: At July's LPGA-run International Crown in Chicago where Oh said she was even more nervous than she was at the Rio Olympics where she finished an admirable T13th.
More nerve-wracking experiences beckon for Oh in 2017.