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Dutch golfer wins Canberra women's classic

Dutch golfer Anne van Dam has held her nerve in the final round of the Canberra Classic to fend off Katja Pogacar and Jiyai Shin for the title.

Dutch golfer wins Canberra women's classic

Dutch golfer Anne van Dam has held her nerve in the final round of the Canberra Classic to fend off Katja Pogacar and Jiyai Shin for the title.

ANNE VAN DAM of The Netherlands plays her second shot on the par 4, first hole during the final round of the 2017 Dubai Ladies Classic on the Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
ANNE VAN DAM of The Netherlands plays her second shot on the par 4, first hole during the final round of the 2017 Dubai Ladies Classic on the Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Picture:Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images

Dutch golfer Anne van Dam has powered home to claim the women's Canberra Classic by three shots after a flawless final round.

The 23-year-old finished at 17-under-par 197, three shots in front of Slovenia's Katja Pogacar to take out the $150,000 event at Royal Canberra.


After being joint overnight leader with Pogacar, van Dam carded a six-under final round on Sunday to claim her fourth Ladies European Tour (LET) title.

Van Dam put together a bogey-free last 18 holes to fend off challenges from Pogacar and defending champion Jiyai Shin.

South Korean Shin was shaping as a serious threat after entering the final round only two shots off the pace despite an average start to the tournament.

The former world No.1 hit four birdies during the first 12 holes, but slumped on the back nine with two bogeys.

Scotland's Carly Booth (202) and Sweden's Madelene Sagstrom (203) rounded out the top five.

Hannah Green was the best of the Australian continent, finishing in a tie for eighth at seven under.

Despite the challenge from Shin, who was gunning for her third win in as many starts at Royal Canberra, world No.81 van Dam said she kept her cool and trusted her game.

"Right now, I'm super relieved because it was quite exciting the whole way around and not really knowing the score," van Dam said.

"After (Saturday), even though I shot an eight-under-par, I still knew I had some shots in there and I just tried to think about that."

Van Dam had to do it the hard way during a month in Australia after her luggage was lost in transit.

She missed the cut at the Victorian Open before coming into form at last week's Australian Ladies Classic at Bonville, where she finished in a tie for 16th.

It was a breakout tournament for Pogacar - the first woman from Slovenia to qualify for the LET.

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