South Korea's Ha Na Jang birdied two of the last three holes to win the Coates Championship and her first LPGA title.

The 23-year-old fired a final-round par 72 to finish on an 11-under 277, two strokes ahead of Canada's Brooke Henderson and three in front of world No 1 Lydia Ko and South Koreans Sei Young Kim and In Gee Chun.

England's Charley Hull shot a brilliant final-round 67 to finish nine shots adrift of the champion.

Jang, who made the LPGA's first hole-in-one albatross last week in the Bahamas, made her breakthrough at the Ocala, Florida where she had one of her four runner-up finishes last year.

A cold, windy and rainy day saw leafblowers used to dry puddles on the 17th green to keep the putting surface playable for the last groups and the last players needed relief from water on the final fairway.But none of it flustered Jang, who jumped from 14th in the world rankings into the top 10.

She sank a four-foot birdie putt at the 16th hole to seize the lead for good and broke down in tears on the 18th green after holing a six-foot birdie putt to seal the triumph.

"It feels like a very long wait but it's really nice," Jang said. "It's amazing how I feel right now.

"[I'm] really comfortable on this golf course. Last year gave me more confidence. Very comfortable this week. It was very comfortable. It was no problem today."

Henderson, 18, also fired a 72 but stumbled down the stretch with bogeys at 14 and 17 after having grabbed a share of the lead.

"The last couple holes I was feeling it a little bit, but it was a good day overall," Henderson said.

Ko, 18, was playing her first event of the season, having skipped last week's Bahamas opener to better prepare for upcoming title defences in her native New Zealand and in Australia.

A shocking collapse while sharing the lead saw Ko make four bogeys and a double bogey in a seven-hole span. She battled back with birdies at 15, 16 and 17 and needed an eagle at 18 to match Jang, but her 85-yard blast fell well short.

Kim was at nine-under and in contention but stumbled with a bogey at the 18th, missing a six-foot birdie putt and two-foot par putt to fall back.

 

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