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Japan’s Nomura takes out Australian Open

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Japanese golfer Haru Nomura was won the Women’s Australian Open in Adelaide.

Nomura shot a stellar seven-under 65 in Sunday’s final round at The Grange to finish at 16 under, three strokes ahead of world No.1 Lydia Ko.

Australian great Karrie Webb finished third at nine under. Su Oh, at six-under, was the next-best Australian.

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Webb began strongly in her quest for a sixth Australian Open. Starting the day at eight under, she had three birdies through five holes to take a share of the lead.

But the 41-year-old couldn’t muster another birdie in a one-under round punctuated by near-misses with the putter.

Nomura, 23, produced Sunday’s lowest round to emerge with her first LPGA title.

Starting as a joint overnight leader with American Danielle Kang and South Korean Jenny Shin, Nomura made two substantial moves.

In the middle stretch, the Tokyo golfer carded four birdies in six holes in a streak that began on the par-five fifth.

Defending champion Ko then challenged on the back nine, with three birdies in five holes leaving the New Zealander just one stroke adrift.

But Nomura responded by firing three consecutive birdies from the 15th hole to secure a breakthrough victory and the $275,000 winner’s cheque.

-AAP

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