Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ormsby to take two-shot lead to Vic Open final day

Ormsby to take two-shot lead to Vic Open final day

It was a day of firsts in the final round of the Vic Open at 13th Beach Golf Links on the Bellarine Peninsula near Melbourne with the men's victor, David Law, and the victor of the women's event, Celine Boutier, both winning for the first time on their respective tours.

Harding might just be the man to beat: he's shot final-round 63s in his last two tournaments.

Only tomorrow, the immediate chasing pack will look markedly different after a day of pure carnage. "It's been something I've been working towards since I turned pro and I just feel like it just happened -- I don't think I realise right now".

"I've got to try and take the positives from it", said the 38-year-old South Australian. But no, I'm super excited with the way I handled myself.

Kemp surged through the field with a final round of 65 and Thomas returned a 69, while Oh could only manage a 74 and overnight leader Kim Kaufman slumped to a 78 to finish four shots adrift. The ISPS Handa Vic Open is jointly sanctioned by the LPGA Tour, the ALPG, the European Tour and the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia.

With her two-shot victory, Boutier became the first woman from France to win on the global circuit since Patricia Meunier-Lebouc in 2003.

"We got hammered with the rain for about three or four holes there, so it was really good to get through that stretch", Asian Tour regular Stieger said after sinking seven birdies to stay in the hunt.

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Mickelson said he could "see just fine" even after sunset, knowing darkness falls quickly on the Monterey Peninsula. Casey's only hope was for Mickelson to make a mistake on the closing holes, and there was little chance of that.


Oh, joint runner-up in the 2015 Vic Open, knew she'd done well to remain in touch with Kaufman despite not having her best form, and knows it will likely be tense tomorrow as she, as Kaufman, chases her first LPGA Tour crown.

To say that Aussie Sarah Kemp had a career day is a gross understatement.

Playing in the second last men's group at 13th Beach, Law knew he needed to eagle the par-5 final hole to get into contention.

"I've been loving the four events I've played so far and to just be a European Tour player was what I was happy with". 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.

Boutier wins US$165,000 for her win the total prize pool for both events the same.

Through the first two events of the LPGA season, 21 players have top-10 finishes, led by Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions victor Eun-Hee Ji and ISPS Handa Vic Open victor Celine Boutier.

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