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Hull-Kirk finishes with rush in Australian Open campaign

Jiyai Shin of South Korea celebrates after chipping in on the 14th hole during her final round of the Women's Australian Open at the Royal Canberra Golf Club.
Jiyai Shin of South Korea celebrates after chipping in on the 14th hole during her final round of the Women's Australian Open at the Royal Canberra Golf Club. AAP / Lukas Coch

THE Sunshine Coast's Katherine Hull-Kirk produced one of the day's best rounds to leap up the leaderboard on the final day of the Women's Australian Open in Canberra.

Hull-Kirk, who started the fourth round in a tie for 15th at seven under, shot a four-under 69 yesterday to finish equal eighth at 11 under.

Fellow Coast pro Sarah-Jane Smith, the best-placed Australian after the third round at eight under, closed with an even-par 73 to finish equal 15th.

Korea's world No. 8 Jiyai Shin won the LPGA co-sanctioned event at Royal Canberra Golf Club after a one-under final round got her to 18 under.

World No.1 Yani Tseng of Taiwan finished second on 16 under after producing the day's best round, a seven-under 66.

New Zealand's 15-year-old amateur wonder Lydia Ko, the joint overnight leader, shot a disappointing three-over final round to finish outright third at 14 under.

Like her third round, Smith described her play yesterday as "strange".

She said: "I didn't really have much happen; I didn't make the most of the par fives like I had been doing the first couple of days. That makes it a bit tough."

Despite slipping down the leaderboard yesterday, Smith is generally happy with the way she is striking the ball.

She plays the Victorian Open this week before heading back to the US for an LPGA event next month.

"Obviously I'd love to have a (debut) win (in the US)," she said.

"I'll keep working on the things I'm working on at the moment. I'm definitely going in the right direction."

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