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Oh top Aussie at Kingsbarns

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Olympian Su Oh has claimed top honours at the Women’s British Open in an ultimately disappointing week for the Australian contingent in Scotland.

Oh fired a final round of 2-under 70 to finish the week at Kingsbarns 6-under the card and in a share of 30th position.

Only Oh and Katherine Kirk played all four days at the year’s fourth major, five of the seven Australians who qualified unable to better the 1-under cut mark after 36 holes.

While not the result she would have been hoping for it was another week of building confidence for Oh who has undertaken a major swing overhaul in 2017.

It has been a season of mostly mid-field finishes for the 21-year-old who, despite not being at her best, has made the cut at all four of the women’s majors played so far this year.

It was another good effort this week to recover from an opening 2-over 74, Oh passing several players over the weekend having made the cut on the number.

Katherine Kirk also overcame a disappointing first round to play the weekend but struggled to maintain momentum over the closing two rounds.

Weekend scores of 72-74 saw the Queenslander finish even par for the week and T63, less than she would have liked but a decent showing in her first British Open since 2013.

For the five Australians who missed the cut it will be a bitter pill to swallow, particularly for Australia’s highest ranked player, Minjee Lee, and our most successful, Karrie Webb.

Both came to Kingsbarns with high hopes and a level of expectation after recent good performances but neither got anything going over the opening two days.

Lee’s 73-72 effort saw her miss her fist major cut since the 2015 US Women’s Open while Webb will still be stinging from a fortnight of disappointment.

A bad bounce late Sunday at the Scottish Open cost the veteran a chance at a 42nd LPGA Tour title and having played some brilliant golf at Dundonald Links she would have arrived at Kingsbarns expecting to contend.

Whitney Hillier, Stacy Peters and Sarah Jane Smith were the last of the Australians in the field but none were within two shots of making the weekend.



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