Shin comes from behind for HSBC Champions win|
Singapore (Sports Network) - Jiyai Shin fired a six-under 66 on Sunday to come
from behind and capture the HSBC Champions Tournament at Tanah Merah Country
She finished at 11-under 277 and won by two strokes over third-round leader
Katherine Hull, who tallied a double-bogey and two bogeys on her back nine for
a two-over 74.
The win was Shin's fourth on the LPGA Tour, but all three of her previous
victories came before she was a member of the LPGA. Shin captured three titles
in 2008, including the Women's British Open, and became the first non-LPGA
member to win three times.
"This year my first goal is to win Rookie of the Year, so I think this
tournament I moved closer," said Shin, who pocketed $300,000 for the victory.
"Then I want to defend my titles."
Angela Park (68), Paula Creamer (70) and Angela Stanford (73) tied for third
place at minus-eight.
Lorena Ochoa, who won this championship last year and titled in Thailand last
week, shot a two-under 70 and shared sixth place with Jane Park (70) and Sun
Young Yoo (73). The trio finished at seven-under 281.
Shin began the final round six shots out of the lead flew out of the gate on
Sunday. She birdied her first four holes, but was still behind Hull, who
played even-par over her first six.
Hull birdied the seventh and ninth and was four clear with the back nine to
The first swing came at the 11th when Shin made birdie. Hull, playing the
group behind, bogeyed No. 10 and the margin was cut to two strokes.
Hull found huge trouble at the par-five 13th. She drove well left of the
fairway and had to take an unplayable lie. By the time Hull came close to the
green, she was there in five. Hull two-putted for a double-bogey seven and
found herself tied for the lead with Shin at minus-10.
Hull could not recover from the error at 13. She bogeyed the 14th hole and
Shin birdied 15 so now Shin was two ahead with only four holes to play for
Shin parred out, but Hull made things interesting. The Australian birdied the
17th to cut the margin to a single stroke, but there was very little drama at
Hull bogeyed the last to give Shin a two-shot victory, her first as an LPGA
"I just tried my best," said Shin. "I feel very happy now."
For Hull, this was a disappointing loss as she was going for her second LPGA
Tour win. She won last year's Canadian Women's Open.
"I got what I deserved I guess and learned the hard way," acknowledged Hull.
"It will make me stronger I think and hopefully work harder. I am disappointed
that I didn't win but Jiyai played well today and well deserved so full credit
Karrie Webb fired a six-under 66 on Sunday and vaulted into a tie for ninth
place with Mi Hyun Kim, who struggled to a one-over 73 in the final round.
They finished at six-under 282.
03/08 06:13:08 ET