Kang, who won last week's Drive On Championship, looked out of contention as she trailed New Zealander Ko by five shots with six holes to play but a few words of encouragement from her caddie turned things around.

"My caddie looked at me and said, 'You're right in it,'" the 27-year-old American said.

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"I looked at him and said, 'I'm five down with six holes to go.' I kind of liked that mentality, made some good birdies coming in and kept it together."

Her final round of three-under-par 68 saw her finish at 15-under 269, one stroke better than Ko (73) and England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff (67).

Ko led by four heading into Sunday's finale and looked on course to end her two-year wait for a title before bogeys at 14 and 16 and a double-bogey at the 18th tripped her up. (Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford )

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