Tied for 3rd place are 2016 champion Haru Nomura, impressive and much improved American, Nelly Korda, and West Australian Hannah Green who finished 3rd in this event when in her rookie LPGA Tour season.
Sagstrom is in her 3rd season on the LPGA Tour after being the Symetra Tour’s player of the year in 2016 which came following a collegiate career at Louisiana State University. She played a key role in the European side at the Solheim Cup in 2017 as a wild card pick by Annika Sorenstam.
"I mean, the golf course really suits my eye,” said Sagstrom. “I love playing golf in Australia in general.
"And I think that I kind of like had that first start off and now I'm just, okay, trust my game and just I really just want to see where it's at. I have done a lot of hard work and I'm really pleased where my game is at. And I'm just really happy in general, so it's good.”
Joint leader Madelene Sagstrom
Hsu is in her 5th LPGA Tour season and although neither of the leaders has yet to win on the LPGA Tour this weekend appears to provide as good an opportunity they have had thus far in their respective careers.
Hsu did finish 5th in the US Women’s Open previously and did lead an LPGA Tour event in Korea before finishing 5th so she has learnt all about pressure.
“When I play U.S. Open, it's really like nervous, but when I have those a couple times, I got more used to it,” said Hsu. “So I don't know what's going to happen in the weekend, but just fight for it.”
Hannah Green leads the local hopes, the second year LPGA Tour player looking to go even better then her impressive 3rd place finish in this event last year.
“I didn't want to expect too much, but I know I have a good past history the last two years of playing this event, so I definitely have good vibes when I come to Adelaide, which is fortunate," said Green.
"But, yeah, after last week, I think I was probably a bit more nervous than I was compared to last year. So, I'm just very happy with the last two days”
Minjee Lee, Karis Davidson and Karrie Webb are the next best of the Australian in a share of 17th place at 3 under and seven shots from the lead.
The cut fell at 2 over with 71 players making it through to the weekend.
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