Vic Open - Felicity Johnson leads by two after first-round 65

Jose Verdugo
Febrero 9, 2019

Oh was the best-placed Australian after day one, with her six-under round highlighted by a hole-in-one on the 138m par-3 15th on the Creek course.

"I've done so much practice and time off, whether I play well or not I just want to play and get some proper feedback".

Webb is in a marquee women's group with Swede Pernilla Lindberg, who won her first major a year ago at the ANA Inspiration, and Englishwoman Georgia Hall.

The Beach course is being played as a par-72 for both men and women; the Creek is par-72 for men and 73 for women. "Coming into this week I didn't even think I would play, so I'm just really thankful to be here and to be able to compete".

England's Felicity Johnson, twice an Australian PGA pro-am victor in regional Victoria in recent weeks, brought home a bogey-free course-record 64 on the Creek Course. "I hit 17 greens in regulation, birdied three of the par 5s, so there were kind of a couple of nearly gimme birdies".

"And I was still choosing golf, but I didn't like that I was choosing golf over some life events".

Australian golfer Su Oh has made the early running at the women's Vic Open with a spectacular hole-in-one and a share of the outright lead midway through the opening round at 13th Beach.

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Minjee Lee began her title defense with a 1-under 72, while fellow Australian and seven-time major victor Karrie Webb shot 73, both on the Creek course.

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As ever, the 44-year-old victor of seven major titles will be one of the major drawcards when she tees it up at 13th Beach on Thursday in the opening round of the women's Vic Open, which this year is part of the LPGA tour for the first time.

Webb who makes her return to 13 Beach after a gap of two years, was delighted to make the commitment especially now she is spending more time in Australia. Johnson, a native of Birmingham, England, has been touring around Victoria, grabbing two victories on the PGA of Australia's PGA Pro-Am Series as a great warm-up for this week at 13th Beach Golf Links. "Yeah, we do play a lot of these courses at home, kind of links style and a bit of wind, we grew up playing that, so yeah, it feels familiar nearly". She rolled in a hole-in-one with a 6-iron from 160 yards for her seventh ace in competition and first since the third round of the 2016 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship. There was this one guy near the green saying it like just rolled in, so I had one guy see it.

"Having five events in a row is obviously great, too, because that takes a lot of pressure off rather than just having one big event and then sitting down for three weeks doing nothing". "It's such a longstanding record, I wouldn't do that to Mark, so it's good to hold it with him. That was good enough".

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