The Victorian golfer’s form has improved dramatically in the last six weeks after a horror start to the year and having played well at the US Women’s Open last week she is now well placed to build even further on the progress she has made of late.
“I played well,” said Oh. “I just played solid. Yeah, I still missed a couple putts, but didn't really make too many mistakes which is good.
“This is definitely like a strategy kind of course. It's not overly long course, but you got to hit it in the right spots because otherwise like because of the slopes on the greens it makes it really tough for the second shot to try and squeeze it down one side of the fairway without going in the rough.”
The tournaments is being led by the two time winner and once runner-up in her last three starts in this event, Anna Nordqvist of Sweden, the comeback golfer Laura Diaz and Frenchwoman Celien Herben.
43-year old Diaz had her 12-year old son on the bag and was playing just her second competitive round of 2018 so it has been an impressive return for the two time LPGA Tour winner.
Nordqvist however appears the one to beat especially given her great record over this layout and although she missed the cut at last week’s US Open and her form overall in 2018 has been below her best she clearly has a comfort zone at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.
“Honestly, I have a lot of good memories from here,” said Nordqvist. “It's a place that makes me happy. Seem to be striking the ball better today than for most of the year, so was very consistent. Gave myself a lot of chances.
“This is my tenth year on tour, so I've done my fair share of rounds out here.”
Minjee Lee opened with a round of 70 to be the second best of the Australians while Rebecca Artis is at even par.
New Zealander Lydia Ko is in a share of 4th place with Oh and just one behind the lead.
Karrie Webb is 1 over and Hannah Green 3 over.
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