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Sarah Jane Smith's breakthrough season on the LPGA Tour has continued when she equalled her best-ever result, tied-second in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico City.
The 32-year-old professional from the Queensland Sunshine Coast led through two rounds and played in the last group on Sunday, but was beaten by two shots by Carlota Ciganda of Spain.
In 10 years on the LPGA Tour her second in the Kingsmill Championship in 2014 is as close as she had previously come to winning a tournament.
Ciganda closed with a 68 in the limited-field event for a 12-under total to complete her second victory of the season, while Smith birdied the last hole for a 70 to join Karine Icher, Angela Stamford and Jodi Ewart Shadoff in a share of second place.
The Queenslander can now focus on the LPGA Tour Championship in Florida this week, along with Minjee Lee, Karrie Webb and Su Oh.
Oh, the 20-year-old Victorian, finished tied-12th in Mexico to qualify for the Tour Championship for the first time, while Lee, who has had two wins, is seventh on the Race to CME Globe, the season-long points race with a $US1 million bonus at the end.