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Jin Young Ko leads by two shots at the midway point of her final round at the Australian Open

Jin Young Ko leads by two shots at the midway point of her final round at the Australian Open

"The others have all been in tournament play but I have never got anything for them, let alone a Genesis", she said.

South Korean LPGA player Ko Jin-young made history in Australia on Sunday, becoming the first player in almost seven decades to win in her inaugural start as a rookie.

Ko, the 20-year-old New Zealander, has again switched to another coach and caddie and has had 11 caddies since turning pro five years ago.

Katherine Kirk and Minjee Lee also had their moments on the final day.

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South Korean pacesetter Jin Young Ko holds a two-shot lead halfway through her final round at the Australian Open in Adelaide. She is 21, starting out her rookie season, and has already earned more than $US100,000 with the $87,000 she earned today, enough to be within sight of a guarantee of a longer tenure as a tour player.

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But a birdie on No. 9 and another at No. 13 righted the ship for Ko and pushed the lead back to three strokes, which she protected the rest of the way.

"I tried not to think about it", Ko admitted.

At the 11th she made a great par-save and at the 12th she snap-hooked her drive into the trees, leaving her in a hard spot, blocked out by trees, but she punched out to near the green, chipped to close range and holed the putt.

Ko hit three birdies and three bogeys across an inconsistent round of golf, in what appears a continuation of her 2017 woes. Looking at all the young talent now on tour you can't help but wonder who could rise above the crowd and put up Lopez-like numbers. The last three winners of the top rookie honors have all been South Koreans. Park, Chun, Ko and Ryu have won major championships and both Ko and Ryu have been Player of the Year.

Green, like Ko, is an LPGA Tour rookie who has set lofty goals for 2018 - goals that were done no harm by finishing as the highest-placed Australian in her national Open.

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