West Australian Hannah Inexperienced has blasted her approach into first place with a staggering afternoon headlined by an eagle and 5 birdies to complete 11-under on Friday.
Inexperienced drove powerfully off the tee at Victoria to place herself in eagle-scoring positions usually, held again by solely a sequence of close-miss putts on her solution to a two-stroke lead by the tip of day two.
The 2019 Girls’s PGA champion blazed her approach down the stretch with a hole-15 eagle adopted by birdies on 16 and 18, the latter within the surrounds of stirred followers who had been handled to a sizzling end from veteran Adam Scott simply minutes later.
Inexperienced now sits two photographs forward of South Korean Jiyai Shin, who turned heads in the identical group and was additionally aided by way more conducive circumstances than the blustery breezes that greeted the afternoon area on Thursday.
The 25-year-old Inexperienced is joined by compatriots Grace Kim (tied for third), Minjee Lee (sixth) and Stephanie Kyriacou (seventh) on the top-end of a leaderboard loaded with main winners, together with So Yeon Ryu, Ashleigh Buhai and Jennifer Kupcho.
Inexperienced is in line to turn into the primary Australian to assert the championship since Karrie Webb in 2014 forward of a sizzling weekend with temperatures tipped to exceed 30 levels on each days.
“I’ve simply obtained to do no matter is nice sufficient to win,” Inexperienced stated
“It’s going to be tough, as a result of circumstances are going to alter. It’s going to get heat, the wind course will change (from southerly to northerly) and I’m unsure anybody’s performed (Victoria) in that course. I’ve by no means performed it like that.
“I really feel like I’ve simply obtained to remain affected person and possibly not get too apprehensive about what everybody else is doing.”
Kim, recent off a searing day-one effort at Kingston Heath, struggled within the mid levels of her Friday spherical at Victoria with a double-bogey and a bogey however steadied to complete even, retaining her seven-under report.
Lee put in a three-under efficiency at a tender Kingston Heath on Friday morning to decrease her whole to five-under, leaving her in a robust place for the weekend regardless of conceding she felt fatigued from a busy yr.
“Your mind sort of goes into vacation mode or shutdown mode I assume, nevertheless positively you wish to put it. Over the course of the yr you go laborious week in, week out and travelling a lot, I believe that’s what makes the psychological half fairly powerful,” she stated following her spherical.
“But it surely’s at all times good to return again house and play, so simply combat it out for one week. It’s good being right here.”
Chief Inexperienced is proving one thing of a mixed-gender specialist, taking command within the first time women and men have performed concurrently in a nationwide championship after wins at a 72-hole blended gender event in February and the dual-gender Vic Open in the identical month.
“It’d be good to have it three-peat in Australia,” she stated. “I simply really feel prefer it’s an incredible week.”