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Korean golfer Jang wins Australian Open

NZN 19/02/2017 Steve Larkin

Korean golfer Ha Na Jang watched Disney movies to improve her English. Now, she's producing fairytales of her own.

Jang's women's Australian Open victory on Sunday came with a dreamy late surge, landing an eagle and three birdies in her last six holes.

The world No.6's dramatic charge at Royal Adelaide delivered her a fourth LPGA triumph, winning by three shots from Denmark's Nanna Madsen.

"It's a really good, strong finish. That is why it's good sport today," Jang 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.

Jang started the final round four shots adrift of overnight leader Lizette Salas, who imploded on the home stretch with four bogeys in five holes from the 12th - she finished five under.

"I don't really have any words other than it was pretty bad," Salas said.

In contrast, Jang, a 24-year-old from Seoul, produced a storming finish to continue her fond affair with the Australian Open, at which she finished tied fourth last year and tied seventh in 2015.

"I love Australia because the food is good, the people are really kind, I love your golf courses and the weather is so good, if it's not really hot," Jang said.

Australia's Lee, the world No.17 and the nation's top-ranked golfer, was the best-performed local in testing winds on Sunday, carding three under in what she described 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.

And compatriot Green shot two under in the final round in a heartening tournament for the 20-year-old from Perth who only turned pro in October last year.

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

World No.1 Lydia Ko lagged behind the pacesetters at two over in her first outing since changing coach, caddie and club-makers late last year.

"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.

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