Salas Leads ISPS Handa Australian Open After Three

Salas Leads ISPS Handa Australian Open After Three
Salas Leads ISPS Handa Australian Open After Three. credit: Andrew Spence

 

By Andrew Spence

STRONG winds have made scoring difficult in the third round of the ISPS Handa Australian Open.

With wind gusts of more than 50km/h, only a dozen players managed to break par on moving day at Royal Adelaide in the South Australian capital.

American Lizette Salas leads on 10-under from Australians Sarah Jane Smith and Sue Oh and Thailand’s Phatlum Pornanong on -8.

Salas described her 2-under 71 today as “boring golf”.

“Even par was under par today, it was hard and I just made it simple,” the Californian said.

“I’m very pleased I stayed present and stayed patient overall and I just kept smiling out there.”

Oh shot the low round for the day – a 5-under 68 to put herself in contention.

“I mean, there are still 18 holes to go, I can’t quite think yet, but it’s my national title, so I really want to fight for it,” the 20-year-old said.

“It’s going to be tough but it would mean a lot. It also would be my first win on the LPGA.”

Canada’s Maude-Aimee Leblanc is on -7 while Americans Marissa Steen (-6) and Marina Alex (-5) are still winning chances.

Thailand’s Aiya Jutanugarn shot a solid 71 this morning to reach 4-under and is the only player apart from Salas to have broken par on all three days.

Defending champion Haru Nomura from Japan has also made a third round move, shooting 69 to reach 6-under.

Ha Na Jang is the best placed South Korean at 6-under.

 

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