ISPS Handa Vic Open Ladies R3

Ayean Cho takes one-shot lead

February 06-09
13th Beach GC, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
AU$1,600,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


It was a Saturday of survival at the 2020 ISPS Handa Vic Open. With steady winds all day and gusts to 30 MPH, 19-year-old Ayean Cho returned a 2-under 70, one of just five under-par rounds, and surged to the top of the leaderboard at -12. Cho, the KLPGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year in 2019, carded five birdies and three bogeys in the day’s blustery conditions, including a birdie at No. 18 to pull one stroke clear of the field.


“It was very windy, so my shots were not as good as yesterday,” said Cho through an interpreter. “But my putts were good so I could finish the holes with good putts.”

If Cho emerges victorious on Sunday, she would be eligible for immediate LPGA Tour Membership. She could also defer that Membership to the 2021 season.

Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom , who held the lead after each of the first two rounds, stumbled to a 2-over 74 on Saturday, but birdied the final hole to stay within one stroke of the leader. She remains in contention to become the first player since Shanshan Feng in 2017 to win consecutive events.


“I think around seven, eight, I was like are we actually going to make it? I was like am I going to get a ball in the hole today?” said Sagstrom, who had one eagle, one birdie, two pars, three bogeys and one double bogey in her first eight holes. “It was definitely a grind out there. It was really, really difficult and then the breeze got so, so hard.”

Canadian Alena Sharp rounds out the top three at 10-under, joining Cho in the under-par group after shooting 2-under 70 on Saturday. She is aiming for her first career LPGA Tour victory in her 313th start.

“Warming up today I just kept the ball low,” said Sharp. “Very thankful that I had a nice lesson from my coach a few weeks ago. He’s actually an Aussie, Brett Saunders, and we worked on keeping the ball down with my wedges and I just did it with every club today. And I think it helped keeping the ball lower, spin control, and I was right around the greens when I missed the greens, so I think it really helped me get a good score today.”

Korea’s Hee Young Park is fourth at -9, with So Yeon Ryu and Pei-Ying Tsai tied for fifth at -8. Ryu took advantage of playing in the morning wave, shooting the round of the day at 4-under 68 in relatively calmer wind conditions.

Sunday’s final round will include one group of players from both the men’s and women’s competitions. The LPGA Tour’s Peiyun Chien will tee it up alongside the European Tour’s Geoff Ogilvy and Sam Horsfield.


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Ryder Cup Day 1

News
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Ayean Cho
-12
69
66
70
205
2
Madelene Sagstrom
-11
65
67
74
206
3
Alena Sharp
-10
68
69
70
207
4
Hee Young Park
-9
68
68
72
208
T5
So Yeon Ryu
-8
71
70
68
209
T5
Pei-Ying Tsai
-8
68
68
73
209
7
Minjee Lee
-7
69
67
74
210
T8
Stephanie Meadow
-6
67
70
74
211
T8
Pornanong Phatlum
-6
67
70
74
211
T8
Linnea Strom
-6
66
69
76
211
T11
Dana Finkelstein
-5
67
73
72
212
T11
Emma Talley
-5
73
66
73
212
T11
Leona Maguire
-5
69
69
74
212
T11
Hye-Jin Choi
-5
69
68
75
212
T11
Robyn Choi
-5
70
65
77
212
T16
Ssu-Chia Cheng
-4
71
71
71
213
T16
Hannah Green
-4
69
73
71
213
T16
Jeong Eun Lee
-4
71
70
72
213
T16
Yu Liu
-4
70
71
72
213
T16
Ho Yu An (a)
-4
70
71
72
213
T16
Tiffany Joh
-4
67
73
73
213
T16
Perrine Delacour
-4
69
69
75
213
T16
Haeji Kang
-4
65
71
77
213
T24
Jenny Coleman
-3
72
70
72
214
T24
Yealimi Noh
-3
71
70
73
214
T24
Stephanie Kyriacou (a)
-3
68
73
73
214
T24
Maria Fernanda Torres
-3
72
67
75
214
T24
Jin Hee Im
-3
69
70
75
214
T24
Sarah Kemp
-3
71
67
76
214
T24
Min A Yoon
-3
71
66
77
214
T24
Christina Kim
-3
67
70
77
214
T24
Ally McDonald
-3
68
65
81
214
T33
Kelly Tan
-2
72
70
73
215
T33
Anne van Dam
-2
71
71
73
215
T33
Suzuka Yamaguchi
-2
70
72
73
215
T33
Cheyenne Knight
-2
67
75
73
215
T33
Su Oh
-2
73
68
74
215
T33
Wichanee Meechai
-2
72
69
74
215
T33
Dottie Ardina
-2
70
70
75
215
T33
Peiyun Chien
-2
65
74
76
215
T41
Manon De Roey
-1
72
70
74
216
T41
Alana Uriell
-1
70
72
74
216
T41
Hee Jeong Lim
-1
70
71
75
216
T41
Xiyu Lin
-1
67
72
77
216
T41
Klara Spilkova
-1
67
71
78
216
T41
Jeongeun Lee6
-1
68
69
79
216
T41
Haley Moore
-1
66
71
79
216
T48
Inbee Park
E
70
72
75
217
T48
Tiffany Chan
E
70
70
77
217
T48
Cydney Clanton
E
68
69
80
217
T51
Jennifer Song
1
75
67
76
218
T51
Charlotte Thomas
1
74
68
76
218
T51
Karine Icher
1
70
68
80
218
T51
Jasmine Suwannapura
1
69
67
82
218
T55
Pajaree Anannarukarn
2
74
68
77
219
T55
Mina Harigae
2
69
73
77
219
T55
Lauren Stephenson
2
70
70
79
219
T55
Pavarisa Yoktuan
2
67
72
80
219
59
Matilda Castren
3
68
74
78
220
T60
Andrea Lee
4
74
68
79
221
T60
Dani Holmqvist
4
69
73
79
221
62
Linnea Johansson
5
70
69
83
222
T63
Karis Davidson
6
73
69
81
223
T63
Mel Reid
6
72
69
82
223
65
Jiwon Jeon
7
69
69
86
224
CUT
Stacy Lewis
-2
74
69
CUT
Maia Schechter
-2
74
69
CUT
Yui Kawamoto
-2
73
70
CUT
Katherine Kirk
-2
72
71
CUT
Jane Park
-2
72
71
CUT
Jennifer Chang
-2
71
72
CUT
Wei-Ling Hsu
-2
71
72
CUT
Julieta Granada
-2
70
73
CUT
Sarah Schmelzel
-2
70
73
CUT
Albane Valenzuela
-2
70
73
CUT
Cristie Kerr
-2
69
74
CUT
Lauren Kim
-1
74
70
CUT
Kylie Henry
-1
73
71
CUT
Lindsey Weaver
-1
73
71
CUT
Celine Boutier
-1
72
72
CUT
Esther Henseleit
-1
72
72
CUT
Robynn Ree
-1
72
72
CUT
Na Yeon Choi
-1
71
73
CUT
Austin Ernst
-1
71
73
CUT
Caroline Hedwall
-1
71
73
CUT
Laura Davies
-1
67
77
CUT
Ryann O’Toole
E
75
70
CUT
Karrie Webb
E
75
70
CUT
Katja Pogacar
E
74
71
CUT
Esther Lee
E
72
73
CUT
Hira Naveed
E
72
73
CUT
Elizabeth Szokol
E
72
73
CUT
Min Seo Kwak
E
71
74
CUT
Amy Olson
E
71
74
CUT
Pernilla Lindberg
1
79
67
CUT
Brianna Do
1
78
68
CUT
Jillian Hollis
1
75
71
CUT
Hana Lee
1
75
71
CUT
Giulia Molinaro
1
74
72
CUT
Jiyai Shin
1
73
73
CUT
Maria Fassi
1
72
74
CUT
Stephanie Na
1
72
74
CUT
Mariah Stackhouse
1
72
74
CUT
Diksha Dagar
1
71
75
CUT
Kim Kaufman
1
71
75
CUT
Ashleigh Buhai
2
76
71
CUT
Haru Nomura
2
76
71
CUT
Tonje Daffinrud
2
74
73
CUT
Beatriz Recari
2
74
73
CUT
Yuka Saso
2
74
73
CUT
Lindy Duncan
2
73
74
CUT
Hanee Song
2
73
74
CUT
Jing Yan
2
73
74
CUT
Munchin Keh
2
72
75
CUT
Whitney Hillier
3
77
71
CUT
Grace Kim (a)
3
76
72
CUT
Meghan MacLaren
3
75
73
CUT
Louise Ridderstrom
3
75
73
CUT
Daniela Darquea
3
74
74
CUT
Marianne Skarpnord
3
74
74
CUT
Hee-Won Jung
3
73
75
CUT
Paige Stubbs
3
69
79
CUT
Mariajo Uribe
4
76
73
CUT
Gemma Dryburgh
4
72
77
CUT
Charlotte Heath (a)
4
71
78
CUT
Elizabeth Nagel
5
79
71
CUT
Sarah Jane Smith
5
77
73
CUT
Elmay Viking
5
77
73
CUT
Sakura Yokomine
5
75
75
CUT
Sarah Burnham
5
73
77
CUT
Patty Tavatanakit
6
80
71
CUT
Marissa Steen
6
76
75
CUT
Ayako Uehara
6
76
75
CUT
Felicity Johnson
7
78
74
CUT
Breanna Gill
7
76
76
CUT
Christine Wolf
8
81
72
CUT
Soo Jin Lee
8
76
77
CUT
Cheyenne Woods
8
73
80
CUT
Ayaka Sugihara
10
78
77
CUT
Mind Muangkhumsakul
11
79
77
CUT
Ling-Jie Chen (a)
12
78
79
CUT
Peng-Shan Liu (a)
13
78
80
CUT
Tahnia Ravnjak
17
78
84
WD
Katherine Perry
81
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