Jiyai Shin of South Korea won the Women’s British Open by a record nine strokes for her second straight victory on the LPGA Tour.
Shin overcame wind and rain to shoot rounds of 1-under par 71 and 1-over 73 yesterday to finish 9-under par 279 over four rounds at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England. Inbee Park finished second at even-par, while Paula Creamer was third at 1 over. The tournament finished with 36 holes after high winds wiped out a day’s play on Sept. 14.
The 24-year-old Shin, who also won the 2008 Women’s British Open, last week captured the LPGA’s Kingsmill Championship by outlasting Creamer in a nine-hole playoff that delayed her arrival in England by one day.
“My first win in 2008 changed my life,” Shin said in comments on the tournament’s website. “This win, I think it will change it too. I said at the start of the week I wanted to play every round in one under par so to get to nine under in this weather on a course as tough as this is incredible.”
Shin’s margin of victory is the largest at the Women’s British Open since the tournament became a major in 2001, surpassing Karen Stupples’s five-shot win in 2004. Louise Suggs holds the record for the largest margin of victory in an LPGA major, with a 14-shot win at the 1949 U.S. Women’s Open.
Shin’s win marks the first time that all four women’s major golf tournaments have been won by Asian players in the same season, the LPGA Tour said. Fellow South Koreans Sun Young Yoo and Na Yeon Choi won the Kraft Nabisco Championship and U.S. Women’s Open, respectively, while China’s Shanshan Feng captured the LPGA Championship.
Asian golfers have won nine of the past 12 majors on the LPGA Tour.
“I can’t tell you why so many Asian players are winning majors at the moment,” Shin said. “Maybe it’s down to hard work. Maybe it’s luck, or a bit of both.”
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