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S. Korean Jang Ha-na earns 3rd LPGA win of 2016 in Taiwan

All Headlines 17:09 October 09, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Jang Ha-na cruised to her third LPGA victory of the season in Taiwan on Sunday.

Jang captured the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship at 17-under 271 to beat Feng Shanshan of China by one stroke.

The golfer shot a final round of 71 at par-72 Miramar Golf Country Club in Taipei with three birdies and two bogeys.

She is the first South Korean to win three times in 2016. Five others from the country have won on the tour this year.

Jang is also the third straight South Korean winner on the LPGA Tour. Kim In-kyung won the Reignwood LPGA Classic in China last week, and Chun In-gee won the Evian Championship on Sept. 18.

The tour will make its South Korean stop Thursday at LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship at Sky 72 Golf & Resort's Ocean Course, just next to Incheon International Airport.

In this EPA photo, Jang Ha-na of South Korea watches her shot during the final round of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship in Taipei on Oct. 9, 2016. (Yonhap)

Jang started the final round with a comfortable six-stroke lead over Feng at 16-under.

Jang had her first birdie at the second and added two more at the fifth and sixth holes to reach 19-under. Just when she looked to be in cruise control, Jang bogeyed two of her next three holes to fall to 17-under.

Feng traded in three birdies with a bogey on the front nine to make the turn at 12-under, and two straight birdies to open the back nine got her to 14-under, just three behind Jang with seven holes to play.

Feng chipped in for a birdie at the 15th to reach 15-under, two behind the South Korean, and nearly holed out for an eagle from a greenside bunker at the par-5 18th.

Jang strung together nine straight pars on the back nine to hang on for the narrow win.

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