Su Hyun Oh was born in Pusan, South Korea, but moved
to Australia and became a citizen. In 2009, she became the youngest
to ever qualify for the Australian Women's Open when she got in
as a 12 year old. She also made the cut there in 2012 and finished
tied for 61st.
Oh has quickly become one of the premiere young
golfers in Australia. Among her achievements are winning the 2012
Australian Girls Championship by seven strokes, and making the quarterfinals
of the 2012 US Women's Amateur before losing to Nicole Zhang. She
also won the 2011 Aaron Baddeley World Junior Championship.
In early 2013, Oh made a splash by contending all
week at the Volvik RACV Australian Women's Masters. In fact, she
had a piece of the lead in rounds 2, but could not hold on when
Hall-of-Famer and seven time Masters winner Karrie Webb made her
Sunday charge. Webb won, but Oh finished tied for second. This elevated
her world amateur ranking to fifth. Not longer after that, she notched
a top ten at the New Zealand Women's Open, an LET event.
Oh had a great year in the amateur ranks as well.
She teamed with fellow teen sensation Minjee Lee to capture the
Queen Sirikit Cup for Australia; she finished second there in the
individual rankings. She was a quarterfinalist at the US Women's
Amateur and won the Lake Macquarie Amateur Championship by a whopping
Oh continued her great amateur career in 2014. She
had a memorable battle with Minjee Lee at the Brown & O'Dea
golf tournament in March, 2014. Oh shot a 9-under-par 65 in the
final round to beat Lee by a shot, making a clutch up and down on
the final hole to preserve the victory.
Lee and Oh would pair later in the year to lift
Australia to a brilliant win at the Espirito Santo Cup. In the final
round, Lee shot a 65 and Oh a 66 to come from behind and capture
this biennial trophy. Lee would turn pro the next week, leaving
Oh the top amateur in her country.
Oh tried and failed to get a tour card at LPGA Q-School
in the Fall. So, she turned pro and in 2015 immediately had massive
success. At her first event as a pro, the Oates Victorian Open,
she contended all week, but late mistakes cost her the title and
she finished second.
The next week she would have no such problems. She
again found herself in the hunt at the RACV Australian Ladies Masters,
one of the biggest events on the LET tour. This time she won going
away, making birdies on the final four holes to win by three shots.
The win earned Oh a tour card for the LET.
Oh played several more events in 2015 on the LET,
but did not come close to a win. She also played five LPGA events,
making the cut in just one, the British Women's Open, where she
finished tied for 71st. She also played on the Symetra Tour in 2015,
but only notched two top tens and finished 48th on the money list.
At the end of the year, she went to LPGA Q-School,
and this time earned a limited tour card for 2016 when she finished
tied for 32nd. Presumably she will split her time between the LET
and LPGA in 2016.
Su Oh's LPGA rookie season of 2016 was a good one.
She managed two top tens during the year, made $383,623 and finished
50th on the money list, good enough to earn full status for 2017.
Her biggest highlight came at the Kingsmill Championship, where
she shot a final round 65 to finish solo second.
She also had a top ten, a tie for 8th, at the KPMG,
the year's second Major. Her play was good enough that she passed
Karrie Webb in the Rolex Rankings to join Minjee Lee as the representatives
for Australia at the Olympics. She finished tied for 13th there.
She also played on The Aussie team at the International Crown, where
she managed a half and two losses. And she played at the Kowa Queens
on the ALPG team. She had a win, a loss and a draw during the week.
Su's 2017 season was pretty close to her 2016 season.
She finished 51st on the money list, but made slightly more money
than in 2016, nearly $409,000. Her scoring average was also better.
She still hasn't won a tournament, and had just two top tens, but
had enough decent finishes to easily maintain her tour card.