ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open - R2

Madelene Sagstrom & Wei-Ling Hsu tied at the top

February 14-17
The Grange Golf Club, Grange, South Australia
$1,300,000

Round 1 , Round 3, Round 4


As soon as she walked out of the scoring hut, Madelene Sagstrom had a massive smile on her face. The reason is plainly evident on her scorecard, as the Swede sits tied for first and will play the final round of an LPGA Tour event for the first time in her three-year career.

“I literally have never rolled a putter better, probably,” said Sagstrom, who dominated the 2016 Symetra Tour to earn her LPGA Tour card. “My speed was phenomenal. I knew as soon as I was on the green that I had a birdie chance, which is an awesome feeling. I played very free. I was very accepting. I took my medicine when I needed to and I just stayed calm all day. It was just really nice to be out there.”


Sagstrom represented Europe at the 2017 Solheim Cup as a captain’s pick. A solid performance this week could boost her Rolex Women’s World Ranking status and pull her into contention for an automatic selection.


Wei-Ling Hsu enjoyed the best season of her LPGA Tour career in 2018, making 20 of 28 cuts and finishing 31st on the Official Money List. She not only earned her best career finish at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, where she finished second, but she notched best major finishes at the U.S. Women’s Open (T5) and The Evian Championship (15).

So far at The Grange, the native of Chinese Taipei has put together two consistently solid rounds to head into the weekend with the lead for the second time in her five-year career. She points to the takeaways of her 2018 success as what has driven her this week.

“I think just I learned a lot from that, like how to play under the pressure,” said Hsu. “That makes me like a little more stronger this year, more able to focus on my game. That’s what I learned from last year.”


The 2018 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open marked Hannah Green’s second LPGA Tour event as a Member, and her week at Adelaide’s Kooyonga Golf Club was certainly one to remember. Playing in the final group, Green eventually finished third and quickly gained the invaluable experience of playing under difficult mental conditions. And the fact that it was in front of Aussie fans? That made the week that much better.

“Playing in the final group definitely will help me for this year’s competition,” said Green, who finished fifth in the 2018 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year standings. “Hopefully on Sunday again I can be in that position. I guess because I’m playing at home and the crowds are rooting for the Australians, it’s nice to have that. It might make people more nervous, but it kind of settles me to know that everyone’s rooting for me.”


The top five players through 36 holes of the 2019 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open represent five different countries – Sweden (Madelene Sagstrom), Chinese Taipei (Wei-Ling Hsu), the United States of America (Nelly Korda), Japan (Haru Nomura) and Australia (Hannah Green).

Four of these countries – Sweden, the USA, Japan and Australia – have visited the LPGA Tour winner’s circle within the last two years. The last player from Chinese Taipei to win was Yani Tseng, whose last victory came in 2012.


Player notes

Rolex Rankings No. 121 Madelene Sagstrom (67-67, -10)

• Sagstrom’s first- and second-round 67s are tied for the third-lowest rounds of her LPGA Tour career
• This is the first time in Sagstrom’s LPGA Tour career that she has led following any round
• She hit 10 of 14 fairways and 13 of 18 greens, with 27 putts
• Sagstrom is in her third LPGA Tour season; her best career finish is a tie for third at the 2017 Swinging Skirts Taiwan LPGA Championship
• Sagstrom is competing in her third ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open; she finished T30 in 2018 and missed the cut in 2017

Rolex Rankings No. 69 Wei-Ling Hsu (65-69, -10)

• Hsu’s 36-hole 134 is tied for the lowest 36-hole score of her LPGA Tour career; she previously shot a 134 at the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic
• This is the second time in Hsu’s career that she has led through 36 holes, joining the 2018 Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship
• She hit 11 of 14 fairways and 13 of 18 greens, with 28 putts
• Hsu is in her fifth LPGA Tour season; her best career finish is second at the 2018 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic
• Hsu is playing in her fifth ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open; her best finish is T34 at Kooyonga Golf Club in 2018

Rolex Rankings No. 16 Nelly Korda (71-66, -7)

• Korda’s 36-hole 137 is tied for the second-lowest 36-hole score of her LPGA Tour career; she shot a 132 at the 2017 Marathon Classic, multiple 136s and one other 137
• She hit 14 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens, with 27 putts
• Korda is in her third LPGA Tour season; she won the 2018 Swinging Skirts Taiwan LPGA Championship and has 13 top-10 finishes
• Korda is playing in her third ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open; she finished T40 in both 2017 and 2018

Rolex Rankings No. 164 Haru Nomura (70-67, -7)

• Nomura’s second-round 67 is her second-lowest round of her seven ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Opens; she shot a 65 in the fourth round of her 2016 victory
• She hit 10 of 14 fairways and 12 of 18 greens, with 26 putts
• Nomura is in her ninth season on the LPGA Tour; she has wins at the 2016 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, 2016 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic presented by CTBC and 2017 Volunteers of America Texas Shootout presented by JTBC
• Nomura is playing in her seventh ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open; she won the 2016 tournament at The Grange Golf Club and finished T3 in 2017

Rolex Rankings No. 144 Hannah Green (68-69, -7)

• Green’ 36-hole 137 is the second-lowest 36-hole score of her LPGA Tour career; she shot a 136 at the 2018 Indy Women in Tech Championship
• She hit eight of 14 fairways and 13 of 18 greens, with 28 putts
• Green is in her second LPGA Tour season; her best finish is third at the 2018 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
• Green is playing in her fourth ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open; she finished T10 in 2016, T7 in 2017 and third in 2018

Of note

Defending champion Jin Young Ko is tied for 10th after an even-par 72 on Friday

Notables to miss the cut include major champions Lydia Ko, Georgia Hall, Mo Martin, Laura Davies, Brittany Lang, Yani Tseng, Pernilla Lindberg and Paula Creamer

Hee Jung Lim withdrew, citing a sprained ankle


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Madelene Sagstrom
-10
67
67
134
T1
Wei-Ling Hsu
-10
65
69
134
T3
Nelly Korda
-7
71
66
137
T3
Haru Nomura
-7
70
67
137
T3
Hannah Green
-7
68
69
137
6
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-6
65
73
138
T6
Kris Tamulis
-5
71
68
139
T7
Yu Liu
-5
69
70
139
T7
Bronte Law
-5
67
72
139
T10
Marina Alex
-4
72
68
140
T10
Gaby Lopez
-4
71
69
140
T10
Amy Yang
-4
70
70
140
T10
Alena Sharp
-4
69
71
140
T10
Carlota Ciganda
-4
68
72
140
T10
Moriya Jutanugarn
-4
68
72
140
T10
Jin Young Ko
-4
68
72
140
T17
Charley Hull
-3
75
66
141
T17
Jeongeun Lee6
-3
72
69
141
T17
Angel Yin
-3
72
69
141
T17
Celine Boutier
-3
71
70
141
T17
Minjee Lee
-3
71
70
141
T17
Karis Davidson
-3
71
70
141
T17
Marissa Steen
-3
70
71
141
T17
Dana Finkelstein
-3
70
71
141
T17
Karrie Webb
-3
67
74
141
T26
Ashleigh Buhai
-2
72
70
142
T28
Meghan MacLaren
-2
73
69
142
T28
Mirim Lee
-2
73
69
142
T26
Mi Hyang Lee
-2
71
71
142
T26
Jane Park
-2
69
73
142
T26
Kristen Gillman
-2
68
74
142
T32
Xiyu Lin
-1
74
69
143
T32
Azahara Munoz
-1
72
71
143
T32
Jaclyn Lee
-1
72
71
143
T32
Lindsey Weaver
-1
72
71
143
T32
Sarah Kemp
-1
72
71
143
T32
Celine Herbin
-1
71
72
143
T32
Maria Torres
-1
71
72
143
T32
Felicity Johnson
-1
71
72
143
T32
Lauren Stephenson
-1
70
73
143
T40
Teresa Lu
E
77
67
144
T32
Jackie Stoelting
-1
68
75
143
T42
Charlotte Thomas
E
74
70
144
T42
Mina Harigae
E
72
72
144
T42
Lindy Duncan
E
71
73
144
T42
Sarah Schmelzel
E
70
74
144
T42
Brittany Altomare
E
69
75
144
T47
Thidapa Suwannapura
1
74
71
145
T48
Ariya Jutanugarn
1
76
69
145
T47
Lee-Anne Pace
1
73
72
145
T47
Jaye Marie Green
1
73
72
145
T48
Catriona Matthew
1
73
72
145
T47
Nicole Broch Larsen
1
73
72
145
T47
Tonje Daffinrud
1
72
73
145
T48
Elizabeth Szokol
1
71
74
145
T48
Katherine Kirk
1
71
74
145
T48
Caroline Masson
1
71
74
145
T48
Pornanong Phatlum
1
71
74
145
T48
Isi Gabsa
1
71
74
145
T60
Sakura Yokomine
2
76
70
146
T60
Morgan Pressel
2
74
72
146
T60
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
2
74
72
146
T60
Stephanie Meadow
2
73
73
146
T60
Ayako Uehara
2
73
73
146
T60
Luna Sobron
2
73
73
146
T60
Munchin Keh
2
72
74
146
T60
Kim Kaufman
2
72
74
146
T60
Lizette Salas
2
71
75
146
T60
Amy Olson
2
70
76
146
T60
Annie Park
2
70
76
146
T71
Yuri Yoshida (a)
3
76
71
147
T71
Peiyun Chien
3
76
71
147
T71
Alison Lee
3
75
72
147
T71
Rebecca Artis
3
74
73
147
T71
Jacqui Concolino
3
74
73
147
T71
Sarah Jane Smith
3
73
74
147
T71
Amy Walsh
3
73
74
147
T71
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
3
73
74
147
T71
Daniela Darquea
3
73
74
147
T71
Pavarisa Yoktuan
3
71
76
147
T71
Mel Reid
3
70
77
147
T82
Wichanee Meechai
4
77
71
148
T82
Aditi Ashok
4
75
73
148
T82
Marianne Skarpnord
4
75
73
148
T82
Chella Choi
4
74
74
148
T82
Muni He
4
73
75
148
T82
Benyapa Niphatsophon
4
73
75
148
T82
Christina Kim
4
73
75
148
T82
Stephanie Na
4
73
75
148
T82
Beatriz Recari
4
73
75
148
T82
Pei-Ying Tsai
4
71
77
148
T82
Lydia Ko
4
71
77
148
T82
Haeji Kang
4
70
78
148
T82
Georgia Hall
4
69
79
148
T94
Maddison Hinson-Tolchard (a)
5
79
70
149
T94
Cheyenne Woods
5
78
71
149
T94
Mo Martin
5
76
73
149
T94
Mayu Wakui (a)
5
75
74
149
T96
Emma Talley
5
76
73
149
T96
Ally McDonald
5
75
74
149
T94
Laura Davies
5
74
75
149
T96
Mariah Stackhouse
5
75
74
149
T94
Brittany Marchand
5
73
76
149
T94
Hina Arakaki
5
73
76
149
T94
Brittany Lang
5
72
77
149
T95
Erika Hara
5
70
79
149
T107
Dani Holmqvist
6
79
71
150
T107
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
6
77
73
150
T107
Hanee Song
6
77
73
150
T107
Klara Spilkova
6
77
73
150
T107
Brianna Do
6
77
73
150
T107
Kendall Dye
6
76
74
150
T107
Megan Khang
6
76
74
150
T114
Linnea Strom
7
78
73
151
T107
Cathryn Bristow
6
74
76
150
T114
Michele Thomson
7
76
75
151
T114
Kylie Henry
7
76
75
151
T114
Ryann O’Toole
7
76
75
151
T115
Yae Eun Hong (a)
7
75
76
151
T115
Jenny Haglund
7
75
76
151
T115
Laura Gonzalez Escallon
7
74
77
151
T121
Yani Tseng
8
78
74
152
T121
Prima Thammaraks
8
77
75
152
T121
Mariajo Uribe
8
76
76
152
T121
Miki Sakai
8
76
76
152
T121
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
8
76
76
152
T122
Suzuka Yamaguchi
8
75
77
152
T122
Joanna Klatten
8
74
78
152
T129
Whitney Hillier
9
77
76
153
T129
Becca Huffer
9
75
78
153
T129
Amy Boulden
9
75
78
153
T132
Dottie Ardina
10
84
70
154
T129
Doey Choi (a)
9
73
80
153
T133
Olivia Cowan
10
80
74
154
T133
Pernilla Lindberg
10
78
76
154
T133
Holly Clyburn
10
77
77
154
T133
Hira Naveed (a)
10
75
79
154
T133
Paula Creamer
10
73
81
154
T139
Candie Kung
11
84
71
155
T139
Beth Allen
11
79
76
155
T139
Ruixin Liu
11
75
80
155
T139
Christine Wolf
11
73
82
155
143
Su Oh
14
77
81
158
WD
Hee Jung Lim
77
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