In a thrilling turn of events at the Australian Open, golfers Min Woo Lee of Australia and Rikuya Hoshino of Japan are tied for the lead heading into the final round, both standing tall at 13-under par. Lee, who started the day with a four-stroke lead, faced a challenging round, culminating in a significant 10-foot birdie putt that allowed him to secure his position alongside Hoshino. The Japanese player, on the other hand, impressed the crowd with a remarkable eagle at the 14th hole and a concluding birdie.
Tension Escalates As Close Competitors Lurk Behind
Close on the heels of the leaders are Britain's Alex Fitzpatrick and American Patrick Rodgers, both at 12-under par. Despite the early setback, Lee remains hopeful for the final day, drawing confidence from his performance the previous week at the Australian PGA Championship, where he had also faced off against Hoshino. Other notable contenders include former U.S. Masters champion Adam Scott, who is five shots behind, and Cameron Smith, the 2022 British Open winner, trailing by seven.
A Novel Format Draws Attention
In a unique twist, the tournament features a novel format with men and women competing simultaneously on the same course for their respective titles. This innovative approach has sparked interest and anticipation among fans and players alike.
Women's Competition Heats Up
In the women's competition, reigning champion Ashleigh Buhai from South Africa has taken the lead. She overtook South Korean Shin Ji-yai with a strong start and a round of 67, securing a three-stroke lead. Minjee Lee, Min Woo Lee's sister and a double major winner, is in third place at five-under par, adding another layer of intrigue to the event.