Duane Smith, Sarah Jane Smith’s husband and her caddie since qualifying school, could only compare her current play with a clutch Futures Tour performance she had to earn her Tour card a decade ago.
“She’s playing so good,” Duane Smith said. “Maybe years ago when she won the last event on the Futures Tour to get a card at the end of 2008. She had to win to get her card and she did and she opened up that nine holes, I think, seven-under on the front nine and then led the whole way. She played great that whole week but this is something totally different.”
Oh, who was born in Korea but moved to Australia at the age of 8, had an eagle on the par-4 15th hole. She is still chasing Smith, along with everyone else.
“We were looking at the leaderboard saying Sarah is very greedy, just taking all the birdies,” Oh said.
The course had taken heavy rains during the week, raising concerns about what kind of condition it would be in, but the sun held out for most of the tournament’s first two days.
“It’s weird because it’s playing longer because it’s so soft but so hot so the irons are going really far,” Oh said. “So it’s just hard to guess and it swirls a lot within the trees so it’s just really difficult clubbing.”
Seven players are at three under, including the amateur Linn Grant of Sweden and the top-ranked Inbee Park. Grant shot 72 and Park 71.