ISPS Handa Vic Open Ladies R2

Sagstrom takes lead into the weekend

February 06-09
13th Beach GC, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
AU$1,600,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


For the fifth consecutive round, Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom is atop the LPGA Tour leaderboard. The 27-year-old leads the ISPS Handa Vic Open at -13, having followed Thursday’s 65 with a round of 5-under 67 on the Beach Course. Two weeks ago, the 2015 graduate of Louisiana State University held the lead after the last three rounds of the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, where she became a Rolex First-Time Winner.

“I think when you come off such a high, you don’t really know what to expect, like ‘can you keep it going or am I going to start over’ kind of thing,” said Sagstrom. “I’m really happy that I put myself in the position that I’m in, and being able to keep up really good play, especially keeping it rolling really nice on the greens. If you roll it good, you need to make putts to be in contention.”

American Ally McDonald is solo second at -12 and looks to join Sagstrom as a first-time LPGA Tour winner. The 2019 USA Solheim Cup team member is bogey-free for the tournament, carding eight birdies in her first 12 holes on Friday before parring her way home.

“After I hit the ball really well yesterday, I was hoping to go out and make a lot of birdies and I did,” said McDonald. “I started the round 8-under through 12 and the wind kind of picked up. Just didn’t have any really close looks at birdie in the last six holes, but very, very pleased with where I’m at.”


Second-year LPGA Tour player Linnea Strom sits third at -10, tied with 2019 KLPGA Tour Rookie of the Year Ayean Cho and Australian Robyn Choi, who made back-to-back eagles in her round of 8-under 65 on the Creek Course. Choi played holes 7-11 on the Creek Course at -7, opening with the two eagles and following with three birdies.

LPGA Tour rookie Haley Moore , who started the day one stroke off the lead, was +2 through nine holes but turned things around on the back nine. She played her final nine holes in -3 to card a second-round 71 and heads into the weekend tied for 11th at -8.

Following the second round, the field was cut to the top 60 professionals and ties at -3, with two amateurs also making the cut. The third and fourth rounds will both be held on the Beach Course. Defending champion Celine Boutier shot 72-72 and missed the cut at -1 overall. Other notables to miss the cut include Dame Laura Davies , who followed her first-round 67 with a 77 on Friday to finish at -1, and Australian golf legend Karrie Webb , whose second-round 70 left her three shots off the cut line at Even.


Ally McDonald enjoying new year at Vic Open

Two years, two very different outcomes at the ISPS Handa Vic Open for Ally McDonald. The 27-year old from Fulton, Miss., shot 77-71 in 2019 to miss the first cut at 13th Beach Golf Links. One year later and she’s just one stroke off the lead, her second-round 65 tied for the third-lowest round of her LPGA Tour career.

“Last year I was still in a little bit of a swing change transition and I have a better grasp for sure beginning of this year,” said McDonald, a two-time First-Team All-American at Mississippi State University. “Short offseason, so I feel like I’ve kind of rolled out of CME quickly into Boca. Yeah, I’m just happy to be here, happy that I played a lot better these last two rounds than I did last year.”

McDonald enjoyed the best season of her career in 2019. She made 18 cuts in 25 tournaments, including her last 11 consecutive, and earned three top-10 finishes, including a tie for 10th at the U.S. Women’s Open. Thanks to that success, USA Solheim Cup Captain Juli Inkster brought McDonald with the team to Gleneagles, and McDonald was called into service when Stacy Lewis was forced to withdraw due to injury.

“I think it was huge for my career and a big confidence boost for me, just where I see my career heading in the next few years,” said McDonald, who ultimately went 1-3-1 for Team USA. “I definitely want to be part of another one now that I’ve got one.”



Two goals for Jeongeun Lee6

This week’s ISPS Handa Vic Open is the season debut for the Republic of Korea’s Jeongeun Lee6 and kicks off her second season on the LPGA Tour. Her 2019 rookie campaign included a major win at the U.S. Women’s Open en route to Rolex Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year honors. So it’s no surprise that Lee6 is setting lofty goals for 2020.

“I want to play at the Olympics and win three times,” said Lee6 after Friday’s 4-under 69 on the Creek Course at 13th Beach Golf Links.

Lee6 is well on her way to checking both boxes. She sits five strokes off the lead heading into the weekend and currently holds the fourth and final spot on Team Korea for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The Olympic field is restricted to 60 players for each of the men’s and women’s competitions, with countries allowed up to four participants in each field if those players are within the top 15 in their respective world rankings.

At No. 8 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, Lee6 is behind No. 1 Jin Young Ko , No. 2 Sung Hyun Park and No. 6 Sei Young Kim , while ahead of No. 12 Hyo Joo Kim , No. 16 Inbee Park and No. 16 So Yeon Ryu .


Ace for Jing Yan

Jing Yan made the third hole-in-one of the 2020 LPGA Tour season, acing the 154-yard third hole of the Beach Course with a 7-iron. It was her fourth career hole-in-one and first in a competitive round.

“I wanted to hit a 6-iron, but then it was kind of in between clubs, so talked to my caddie and we went with a 7,” said Yan. “Just carried the bunker. Hit the shot with a little bit of a draw. Really liked the look of it, but I didn’t really think it was going to go in the hole. Then my fellow players and caddies are like, ‘Oh, there’s a chance of it going in.’ I didn’t see it go in, but yeah, it went in and I was pretty happy about it.”

For that ace, CME Group will donate $20,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The 2019 LPGA Tour season saw 32 aces from 31 different players, which more than covers the average cost of $425,000 needed to treat a pediatric cancer patient.

Yan ultimately shot +2 on the day and missed the cut at +2 overall.


Tournament format

Staged at 13th Beach Golf Links on Australia’s Bellarine Peninsula, men and women play on the same courses, at the same time, for equal prize money of $1.1 million USD. For the second consecutive year, the ISPS Handa Vic Open is jointly sanctioned by the LPGA Tour, the ALPG, the European Tour and the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia.

A field of 144 men and 144 women will play one round on each of the first two days across the Beach and Creek Courses. After the second round, the field will be cut to the leading 60 professionals plus ties for both men and women. A second cut will be made after the third round to the leading 35 players plus ties for both men and women. The third and fourth rounds will be conducted on the Beach Course.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Madelene Sagstrom
-13
65
67
132
2
Ally McDonald
-12
68
65
133
T3
Robyn Choi
-10
70
65
135
T3
Ayean Cho
-10
69
66
135
T3
Linnea Strom
-10
66
69
135
T6
Jasmine Suwannapura
-9
69
67
136
T6
Minjee Lee
-9
69
67
136
T6
Pei-Ying Tsai
-9
68
68
136
T6
Hee Young Park
-9
68
68
136
T6
Haeji Kang
-9
65
71
136
T11
Min A Yoon
-8
71
66
137
T11
Hye-Jin Choi
-8
69
68
137
T11
Jeongeun Lee6
-8
68
69
137
T11
Alena Sharp
-8
68
69
137
T11
Cydney Clanton
-8
68
69
137
T11
Stephanie Meadow
-8
67
70
137
T11
Pornanong Phatlum
-8
67
70
137
T11
Christina Kim
-8
67
70
137
T11
Haley Moore
-8
66
71
137
T20
Sarah Kemp
-7
71
67
138
T20
Karine Icher
-7
70
68
138
T20
Leona Maguire
-7
69
69
138
T20
Jiwon Jeon
-7
69
69
138
T20
Perrine Delacour
-7
69
69
138
T20
Klara Spilkova
-7
67
71
138
T26
Emma Talley
-6
73
66
139
T26
Maria Fernanda Torres
-6
72
67
139
T26
Linnea Johansson
-6
70
69
139
T26
Jin Hee Im
-6
69
70
139
T26
Xiyu Lin
-6
67
72
139
T26
Pavarisa Yoktuan
-6
67
72
139
T26
Peiyun Chien
-6
65
74
139
T33
Lauren Stephenson
-5
70
70
140
T33
Tiffany Chan
-5
70
70
140
T33
Dottie Ardina
-5
70
70
140
T33
Dana Finkelstein
-5
67
73
140
T33
Tiffany Joh
-5
67
73
140
T38
Su Oh
-4
73
68
141
T38
Mel Reid
-4
72
69
141
T38
Wichanee Meechai
-4
72
69
141
T38
Yealimi Noh
-4
71
70
141
T38
So Yeon Ryu
-4
71
70
141
T38
Jeong Eun Lee
-4
71
70
141
T38
Hee Jeong Lim
-4
70
71
141
T38
Yu Liu
-4
70
71
141
T38
Ho Yu An (a)
-4
70
71
141
T38
Stephanie Kyriacou (a)
-4
68
73
141
T48
Jennifer Song
-3
75
67
142
T48
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-3
74
68
142
T48
Andrea Lee
-3
74
68
142
T48
Charlotte Thomas
-3
74
68
142
T48
Karis Davidson
-3
73
69
142
T48
Manon De Roey
-3
72
70
142
T48
Jenny Coleman
-3
72
70
142
T48
Kelly Tan
-3
72
70
142
T48
Anne van Dam
-3
71
71
142
T48
Ssu-Chia Cheng
-3
71
71
142
T48
Alana Uriell
-3
70
72
142
T48
Inbee Park
-3
70
72
142
T48
Suzuka Yamaguchi
-3
70
72
142
T48
Hannah Green
-3
69
73
142
T48
Dani Holmqvist
-3
69
73
142
T48
Mina Harigae
-3
69
73
142
T48
Matilda Castren
-3
68
74
142
T48
Cheyenne Knight
-3
67
75
142
T66
Stacy Lewis
-2
74
69
143
T66
Maia Schechter
-2
74
69
143
T66
Yui Kawamoto
-2
73
70
143
T66
Katherine Kirk
-2
72
71
143
T66
Jane Park
-2
72
71
143
T66
Wei-Ling Hsu
-2
71
72
143
T66
Jennifer Chang
-2
71
72
143
T66
Sarah Schmelzel
-2
70
73
143
T66
Albane Valenzuela
-2
70
73
143
T66
Julieta Granada
-2
70
73
143
T66
Cristie Kerr
-2
69
74
143
T77
Lauren Kim
-1
74
70
144
T77
Lindsey Weaver
-1
73
71
144
T77
Kylie Henry
-1
73
71
144
T77
Celine Boutier
-1
72
72
144
T77
Esther Henseleit
-1
72
72
144
T77
Robynn Ree
-1
72
72
144
T77
Austin Ernst
-1
71
73
144
T77
Na Yeon Choi
-1
71
73
144
T77
Caroline Hedwall
-1
71
73
144
T77
Laura Davies
-1
67
77
144
T87
Ryann O’Toole
E
75
70
145
T87
Karrie Webb
E
75
70
145
T87
Katja Pogacar
E
74
71
145
T87
Esther Lee
E
72
73
145
T87
Elizabeth Szokol
E
72
73
145
T87
Hira Naveed
E
72
73
145
T87
Min Seo Kwak
E
71
74
145
T87
Amy Olson
E
71
74
145
T95
Pernilla Lindberg
1
79
67
146
T95
Brianna Do
1
78
68
146
T95
Hana Lee
1
75
71
146
T95
Jillian Hollis
1
75
71
146
T95
Giulia Molinaro
1
74
72
146
T95
Jiyai Shin
1
73
73
146
T95
Mariah Stackhouse
1
72
74
146
T95
Maria Fassi
1
72
74
146
T95
Stephanie Na
1
72
74
146
T95
Kim Kaufman
1
71
75
146
T95
Diksha Dagar
1
71
75
146
T106
Haru Nomura
2
76
71
147
T106
Ashleigh Buhai
2
76
71
147
T106
Beatriz Recari
2
74
73
147
T106
Yuka Saso
2
74
73
147
T106
Tonje Daffinrud
2
74
73
147
T106
Lindy Duncan
2
73
74
147
T106
Jing Yan
2
73
74
147
T106
Hanee Song
2
73
74
147
T106
Munchin Keh
2
72
75
147
T115
Whitney Hillier
3
77
71
148
T115
Grace Kim (a)
3
76
72
148
T115
Louise Ridderstrom
3
75
73
148
T115
Meghan MacLaren
3
75
73
148
T115
Marianne Skarpnord
3
74
74
148
T115
Daniela Darquea
3
74
74
148
T115
Hee-Won Jung
3
73
75
148
T115
Paige Stubbs
3
69
79
148
T123
Mariajo Uribe
4
76
73
149
T123
Gemma Dryburgh
4
72
77
149
T123
Charlotte Heath (a)
4
71
78
149
T126
Elizabeth Nagel
5
79
71
150
T126
Sarah Jane Smith
5
77
73
150
T126
Elmay Viking
5
77
73
150
T126
Sakura Yokomine
5
75
75
150
T126
Sarah Burnham
5
73
77
150
T131
Patty Tavatanakit
6
80
71
151
T131
Ayako Uehara
6
76
75
151
T131
Marissa Steen
6
76
75
151
T134
Felicity Johnson
7
78
74
152
T134
Breanna Gill
7
76
76
152
T136
Christine Wolf
8
81
72
153
T136
Soo Jin Lee
8
76
77
153
T136
Cheyenne Woods
8
73
80
153
139
Ayaka Sugihara
10
78
77
155
140
Mind Muangkhumsakul
11
79
77
156
141
Ling-Jie Chen (a)
12
78
79
157
142
Peng-Shan Liu (a)
13
78
80
158
143
Tahnia Ravnjak
17
78
84
162
WD
Katherine Perry
81
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