Ha Na Jang was trailing for much of the day but produced a brilliant closing stretch to win by three shots at Royal Adelaide.

The Korean shot a 69 after playing the first 12 holes in one over, she then found birdies at the next two holes before sinking a monster putt for eagle at the 17th. At the last she closed out the victory with a short iron to close range at the last. She now has four wins in her last 22 starts.

Denmark’s Nanna Koerstz Madsen picked up a huge pay day, around $120,000, after a late birdie gave her second place on her own.

America’s Lizette Salas had looked like taking control with a pair of birdies around the turn but then dropped four shots coming home to slip down to a tie for seventh, alongside five other players including Europe’s No 1 Beth Allen.

World No 1 Lydia Ko, in her first start of the year and with new clubs and a new coach, had a 75 to tie for 46th on two over while No 2 Ariya Jutanugarn tied for third.

What Jang said: “It’s a really good, strong finish. That is why it’s good sport today. The first hole I was very nervous on the tee because I want to make birdie at every hole, more aggressive and try that. After hole No. 1 it’s really tough day.

“I love Australia because the food is good, people is really kind, I love the golf course, and the weather is so good because it’s not really hot. Strong windy and a little dry, I like dry arid conditions, so, really good.”

What Salas said: “I’m just going to say it’s disappointing. I don’t really have any words other than it was pretty bad. I mean, I stayed patient, I wasn’t dramatic, I wasn’t trying to force anything. It’s just my ball didn’t find the hole. I had some bad swings that cost me a stroke and I couldn’t find a rhythm.”

Mark Townsend

Been watching and playing golf since the early 80s and generally still stuck in this period. Huge fan of all things Robert Rock, less so white belts. Handicap of 8, fragile mind and short game

Handicap: 8

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