Shin wins Mizuno Classic for second time|
Shima Shi, Japan (Sports Network) - Jiyai Shin closed with a five-under 67
Sunday to win the Mizuno Classic in wire-to-wire fashion.
Shin finished her eighth LPGA Tour title at 18-under-par 198. She also won
this crown in 2008.
"I have had a lot of chances, but I didn't win," stated Shin, who earned
$180,000 for the victory. "So, this morning I felt pressure."
Yani Tseng, who has won two majors this season, fired a six-under 66 to take
second place at minus-16. Stacy Lewis ended alone in third at 15-under-par 201
after a final-round 68 at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club.
Tseng birdied Nos. 10 and 11 to join Shin in the lead, but Shin birdied 13 and
16 to move two ahead. She parred the final two holes to seal the win.
Shin did most of her damage this week on the par-fives. She opened with a
birdie on the par-five first to push her lead to three.
"The first hole I made a birdie and after that I got more confident," said
The 22-year-old birdied the par-four fourth for the third straight round.
After a pair of pars, Shin birdied the par-five seventh to take a two-stroke
Shin parred five consecutive holes from the eighth, and Tseng caught up by
converting back-to-back birdie efforts at 10 and 11 to move into a tie atop
the leaderboard at 16-under.
"I was really, really nervous (after Tseng's birdie on 11) because we still
had more par-fives," Shin admitted. "Yani is a long hitter, so I was worried
about the long par-fives where she can make the easy birdies."
Shin birdied the par-five 13th to regain the lead. She extended her advantage
to two thanks to a birdie on the par-five 16th. Shin parred the final two
holes to close out the win.
For the week, Shin played the four par-fives at 11-under par. The only time
she did not make a birdie on one of the par-fives was on the first hole of the
Tseng, who shared fifth place at this event last year, started with a birdie
on No. 1. She poured in three birdies in a four-hole span from the fourth to
jump to 14-under.
Around the turn, she joined Shin in the lead with birdies on 10 and 11;
however, Tseng could only manage seven straight pars to close out the round.
"I really tried my best to bring my 'A' game today," Tseng said. "I think I
did that very well. Jiyai just played so consistently and she is the greatest
player on tour, a very good, competitive player."
Miki Saiki ended alone in fourth at 12-under-par 204 after closing with a 70.
Brittany Lincicome (65), Na Yeon Choi (68) and Mika Miyazato (68) shared fifth
place at minus-11.
NOTES: Bo Bae Song, the 2009 champion, posted a two-over 74 in the final round
to end in a share of 56th at even-par 216...Former world No. 1 Ai Miyazato had
her best round of the week with a four-under 68 to finish tied for 69th...The
tour heads to Mexico next week for the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, where
Michelle Wie will defend her title...Ochoa will come out of retirement to
compete in the event.
11/07 02:43:59 ET