A FLAWLESS final round earned Dorset's Georgia Hall a share of 13th place in the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open – her first start as an LPGA Tour member.

Hall had been struggling to make the cut after carding a three-over-par 75 in her first round at Kooyonga Golf Club in Adelaide.

But the Wimborne-based 21-year-old showed great fighting spirit to add rounds of 71 and 70 before saving her best until last.

The Ladies European Tour number one propelled herself up the leaderboard by closing with a superb 67, her round including five birdies and no blemishes.

It saw her share 13th position with American's Tiffany Joh and Cristie Kerr, the trio each banking $20,051.00 for their exploits.

Former Oakmead College student Hall is in her rookie season on the LPGA tour after earning her card at qualifying school in December.

The event was won by South Korea’s Jin-Young Ko who triumphed by three shots. Like Hall, she was also competing in her first start as a member.

Hall said: “I played better every day. I played really good golf today, well pretty faultless. My putts weren’t quite going in, some of them, but I was really pleased with the way I played this week.

“I hit loads of putts from six and eight foot and they weren’t going in. I think I could have been about 10 (under today) to be honest.

"I don’t think I made bogey and I don’t think I missed a green or fairway.

“I think the second part of last year there was a bit of pressure on me but this year I feel fine. I’m planning to have a lot of years on tour and you can’t take tournaments that seriously, you just have to go with it and see what happens.”

Hall added that her goal for 2018 was to be the LPGA rookie of the year and to finish well in the majors.

She has been in a rich vein of form since heading to Australia at the start of the month, finishing tied third in the Oates Vic Open and claiming a share of ninth place in the ActewAGL Canberra Classic.

The world number 34 will this week take her chance in the Honda LPGA Thailand at the Siam Country Club in Pattaya.