Australian Open day four highlights
Women's Australian Open Golf, day four
Jiyai Shin in action during the final round of the Women's Australian Open Golf at Royal Canberra, Yarralumla. Photo: Melissa Adams
SHOTS OF THE DAY
SHOT 1: On a leaderboard dominated by internationals, we thought we’d give this gong to the leading Australian Katherine Hull-Kirk. After hitting her second shot way left into the trees on the par-five last, she hit an amazing recovery shot over the trees to within two metres of the hole. She duly nailed the birdie putt to finish the tournament at 11-under.
SHOT 2: Yani Tseng isn’t No.1 for no reason. She walked to the par-three 17th one shot behind leaders Jiyai Shin and Lydia Ko. Her tee shot finished half a metre from the hole, and her birdie keep her in the hunt. Her long range eagle putt on the 13th hole was also exceptional.
SHOT 3: This was undoubtedly the shot of the tournament, not just because of the skill it required, but the pressure of the situation. Having watched a four-stroke lead disappear, Shin nailed a pitch shot from behind a sponsor’s sign, with no green to play with, for birdie on hole 14. It allowed her to regain the outright lead over Ko.
STAT OF THE DAY
One. The number of players in the leaderboard’s eventual top 14, who shot an over-par final round. Unfortunately for most of the galleries hoping for the Lydia Ko fairytale to continue, the 15-year-old began poorly, and signed off on a three-over 76.
ROUND OF THE DAY
Undoubtedly Tseng’s seven-under 66. She began the day eight strokes off the lead, and her hopes seemed all but over after a bogey on hole one. But she carded six birdies and an eagle thereafter to give eventual winner Shin an almighty scare.
“Thursday was the best day, Valentine’s Day, 63, leading and also getting the Junior Halberg Award [in New Zealand], so yeah that was a good day.’’
- A trademark understatement from LYDIA KO. Australia fell in love with her on Valentine’s Day, too.
“In Australia I always feel comfortable and have a lot of fans here, I enjoy the meat pie and watching the kangaroos. My [fitness] trainer is an Australian guy, and I learn how to say ‘g’day mate’.’’
- Tournament winner JIYAI SHIN on her love of Australia.
“Before I chip it in my play was a little bit tough. But after I chip it in finally I get more relaxed, and enjoyed the other few holes.’’
- SHIN again on her brilliant chip-in birdie on the par-four 14th.
Jessica Korda’s title defence was ruined by her four-over 73 in the third round, but there’s a good reason why. The American suffered from a couple of pinched nerves in her shoulder, which left her with limited sensation in her left hand. After constant physio on Saturday night, she bounced back with a four-under 69 on Sunday.
WIE BIT OF RUGBY
American glamour girl Michelle Wie may have missed the cut, but at least it gave her plenty of time to take in her first game of rugby. Wie joined retired golfer Jeehae Lee at the ACT Brumbies-Queensland Reds Super rugby clash on Saturday night. During the afternoon she also took in the sights of Canberra Zoo, where she got up close and personal with koalas, quokkas, giraffes and turtles. “Love how animals can cheer me up instantly. Had a blast at the Canberra Zoo today,” she told her 98,000 Twitter followers.