New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko yesterday picked up a cheque for $38,400 for her top-10 finish in her first LPGA event of the year.
The 16-year-old shot a final round 68 to tie seventh equal, four shots behind the winner, 20-year-old American Jessica Korda.
Ko began solidly with six pars before a birdie at the par five on the seventh at the Bahamas Classic.
Four more pars left Ko teetering outside the top-10, before birdies on the 12th, 14th, 15th and 18th propelled her up the leaderboard.
She now returns home to defend her NZ Open title at Clearwater, starting on Friday.
The next stop on the LPGA Tour is the Australian Open from February 13-16 in Victoria.
It was Korda's second tour title, holing a 1.8m birdie putt on the final hole to beat Stacy Lewis by a stroke.
The 20-year-old Korda closed with a seven-under 66 for a 19-under 273 total on Atlantis Resort's Ocean Club course. Lewis parred the final four holes for a 66.
Korda's father, Petr, won the 1998 Australian Open tennis Grand Slam title and her mother, Regina Raichrtova was also a professional tennis player.
Her previous LPGA title came at the 2012 Women's Australian Open at Royal Melbourne - also a season-opening event.
"Maybe I pay attention more to detail, and I'm more relaxed in the first event of the season," said Korda. "I don't know, but whatever it is I need to figure it out and do it more often."
She earned US$195,000 ($236,000) for her win and is projected to jump from 40th to 26th in the world rankings.
Paula Creamer, paired with Korda all four days, had a 69 to tie for third with Na Yeon Choi, Lizette Salas and Pornanong Phatlum at 16 under. Phatlum finished with a 67, Salas had a 71, and Choi shot 72.
Korda tied Lewis for the lead with a 3.6m birdie putt on the par-3 17th, then got up and down for birdie on the par-5 18th.
Korda's 4-iron approach on 18 scampered through the green to the fringe just short of the grandstand. With an official and a TV announcer holding up cords that would have interfered with her stroke, she putted under the wires to set up the winning birdie
She admitted she was nervous on the winning putt. "Incredible!" Korda said. "I could barely put the golf ball down and line up."