Women’s Australian Open golf live scores, results, update
Welcome to our live coverage of the first day of the Women’s Australian Open from The Grange Golf Course in Adelaide’s west.
After hosting the event in 2016, the course has once again attracted a bumper field of some of the world’s best players who will battle it out for the Patricia Bridges Bowl over the next four days.
Among them is world No 1 Ariya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, who will hit the course at 12.34pm today alongside former world No 1 and 2015 winner Lydia Ko, from New Zealand, and Nelly Korda, from the US, whose sister Jessica won the tournament in 2012.
Jutanugarn has provided a guide to the three key holes which she thinks will determine this week’s chase for the Patricia Bridges Bowl.
HOLE 7 – 304m, Par 4
On the course map, this looks simple and a birdie hole. In reality, the further you drive the ball and the further right you try to reach to access the green from the best angle, the more trouble you bring into play with trees right around 250m big trouble. The bunker on the right is a no-go zone, so expect a lot of irons or hybrids off the tee here to keep the big scores at bay.
HOLE 14 – 149m, Par 3
All the par-threes at The Grange are really nice holes – and they have one common element in how to play them. The more you bite off in attacking a pin, the more trouble you invite. The safest way to play them all, but particularly the 14th is to find the centre of the green and putt to the pin. If you’re on the wrong tier of this fascinating green, it’s a tough putt. But if you’re coming from the back fringe if it quickens up later on this week, you’re going to need help to slow your putt.
HOLE 16 – 380m, Par 4
A testing hole, especially if the wind is coming from the west as it often seems to here. You can’t be left off the tee or risk having your approach blocked out by trees even if you’re on the fairway. The further you drive the ball, the bigger advantage you have, but the fairway narrows a lot before its slight turn left for the second shot. If you can make four here under pressure late on Sunday, you’ll take it for sure.
FOLLOW ALL THE ACTION BELOW