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Sunday, March 08, 2009

British Women's Open Champion

Jiyai Shin clickety-clicks over

weekend for Singapore win

British Women's Open champion Jiyai Shin from South Korea covered the last 36 holes of the $2million HSBC Women's Champions Tournament in Singapore in 12-under-par with a pair of 66s.
Not surprisingly, she won the title and the $300,000 first prize by two shots with an 11-under-par total of 277. Runner-up was the third-round leader, Australian Katherine Hull.
It was the 21-year-ols Shin's fourth LPGA victory in eight months.
Last year, before becoming an LPGA member, Shin, pictured, won the Womenís British Open and added victories in the Mizuno Classic in Japan and season-ending ADT Championship. She also won seven times on the Korea LPGA and took a Japanese LPGA event.
Now fifth-ranked in the world, Shin birdied the first four holes to get into contention, then took advantage of Hullís back-nine collapse. Hull, the former Pepperdine star who won the Canadian Womenís Open last summer, finished with a 74.
Angela Park (68), Paula Creamer (70) and SBS Open winner Angela Stanford (73) tied for third at eight under.
Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa, the 2008 champion coming off her 25th LPGA Tour victory last week in Thailand, shot a 70 to tie for sixth with Jane Park (73) and Sun Young Yoo (73) at 7 under.
Hull had a four-stroke lead at 13 under par with nine holes left, but dropped four strokes on the next five holes to hand the lead to Shin.
The Australianís bogey on the par-4 10th and Shinís birdie on the par-3 11th cut Hullís advantage to two strokes. Hull gave that away with a double bogey on the par-5 13th, then bogeyed the par-3 14th to fall a stroke behind.
Shin took a two-stroke lead with a birdie on the par-5 15th, and closed with three straight pars. She made 12 birdies in her bogey-free weekend 66s after opening with rounds of 72 and 73.