It didn’t start off great, but Sunday in Australia turned out just fine for South Korea’s Ha Na Jang, who shot a final round 69 (par 73) and won the Women’s Australian Open.
After a bogey at the first followed by 11 pars in a row, Jang caught fire late with birdies 13 and 14. Then, she basically put the Open away with this eagle at the 17th, which put her in the outright lead for good.
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The 24 year old went on to make her birdie at 18 to close the show for a three shot win over Denmark’s Nanna Madsen, who could only muster an even par 73 Sunday.
”It’s a really good, strong finish,” Jang said to the media afterwards. “That is why it’s good sport today.”
American Lizette Salas, who held the overnight lead, faded badly starting with three bogeys in her first six holes. She briefly rallied with a couple of birdies, but then, came apart again, with three more bogeys on 13th-15th on her way to a disappointing 78 and a tie for seventh.
World #1 Lydia Ko with a new swing coach and new clubs, struggled to 75 on Sunday and finished well off the pace at +2.
It’s the fourth career professional win for Jang who earned a shade under $200,000 capturing the national title of Australia.