Ha Na Jang of South Korea plays a shot during round four of the Australian Open at Royal Adelaide.
Ha Na Jang of South Korea plays a shot during round four of the Australian Open at Royal Adelaide. Daniel Kalisz

Late blitz helps world No.6 to Australian Open title

GOLF: South Korean star Ha Na Jang has produced a stunning late surge to win the women's Australian Open at Royal Adelaide.

The 24-year-old world No.6 landed an eagle and three birdies in her last six holes on Sunday to triumph by three shots from Denmark's Nanna Madsen.

"It's a really good, strong finish," Jang said of her final round, which resulted in her claiming a fourth win on the LPGA Tour.

"Eagle, eagle ... yeah. All my nerves were gone and the last holes were easy."

Jang said she enjoyed her trip Down Under.

"I love Australia, people are kind and I love the weather. This is my second best win," she said.

Australians Minjee Lee and Sarah Jane Smith were among a quartet tied for third at six-under, with compatriots Hannah Green at five-under and Su Oh finishing four-under.

Lee, Australia's top-ranked golfer at No.17, was the best-performed local on the final day, carding three under in testing winds. She described the performance as another learning experience.

"I will always have something to take away from this week ... hopefully some day soon I'll win it," she said.

Green shot two-under in the final round, giving the 20-year-old from Perth, who only turned pro in October last year, great confidence.

"I'm really excited. I feel like I belong on the LPGA," she said.

World No.1 Lydia Ko, from New Zealand, struggled in her first outing since changing coach, caddie and club-makers late last year, finishing well off the pace at two-over.

"It was my first tournament back. I think there are a lot of positive things to look at rather than thinking 'hey, I shot over par'," Ko said.

News Corp Australia


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