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Khang falls to 11th as putter goes cold

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Megan Khang hit one shot after another at the flagstick on the back nine Sunday at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic in a bid to script a fairytale start to her LPGA rookie season, but her putter went cold.

Khang, 18, seeking to win her tour debut as a member, was within two shots of the lead on the back nine but couldn’t get a birdie chance to fall over the final 10 holes. She bogeyed the last, closing with a 2-under-par 71 to tie for 11th.

Solid throughout the week, Khang had a share of the lead going into the weekend. She left pleased with her start to the season.

“It’s unimaginable,” Khang said. “To come here and after 36 holes be tied for the lead, I never would have expected that my first time out as a rookie. I’m super excited and can’t wait for next week and the rest of the season.”

With strong iron play Sunday, Khang hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation, but she took 32 putts.

Khang took home $25,245. She’s flying to Florida Sunday night to tee it up at the Coates Golf Championship in Ocala, Fla., this next week. Originally, she thought she would have to play the Monday qualifier to get into Coates, but her priority ranking moved her into the field last week.

Khang’s father, Lee, is the only coach Megan has ever known and is also her caddie. He watched the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic from the family’s home in Rockland, Mass., to attend the funeral of his aunt but plans to be in Ocala to tote Megan’s bag.