Teenagers Jutanugarn, Oh lead Aussie Ladies Masters

Ariya Jutanugarn

GOLD COAST, Australia — Sixteen-year-old Australian amateur Su-Hyun Oh and 17-year-old Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn shared the second-round lead Saturday at the Australian Ladies Masters.

Oh shot an 8-under 64 on the soggy Royal Pines course hit by more than 16 inches of rain in the past week, while Ariya had a 65. They had 36-hole totals of 10-under 134 and a one-stroke lead heading into the final round Sunday of the season-opening event on the European Ladies Tour.

Australian Stacey Keating, who shot 67, and last year’s Australian Open winner American Jessica Korda (68) were tied for third.

Seven-time Australian Masters champion Karrie Webb (66) and South Korea’s Chella Choi (67) were tied for fifth, another stroke back.

Oh eagled the par-5 18th hole, hitting driver and then 3-wood from 190 yards to 15 feet and making the putt.

“I really wanted to hole that because I missed my opportunity on the 15th (where she missed a similar putt and had to settle for birdie) and I really want to get it on the 18th where everybody was so I could fist-pump,” she said, laughing. “An eagle at the last, it was just a beautiful way to top off a beautiful round of golf.”

Ariya said the course was proving tough for her, despite her good score, because she didn’t have a chance to play a practice round.

“This is just my second round, anybody has a chance to win,” she said. “Today my putting helped me a lot, but I still missed some from 3 feet.”

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