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Golf: South Korea's Jiyai Shin wins Women's British Open

Published September 16, 2012 8:44 pm
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Hoylake, England • Jiyai Shin avoided mistakes in miserable weather conditions Sunday to cruise to a record nine-stroke victory in the Women's British Open.

In the 36-hole finish Sunday in the wind-delayed tournament, Shin took a three-shot lead into the final round after shooting a 1-under 71 in the morning. She stayed calm while strong wind and heavy showers sent scores soaring at Royal Liverpool in the afternoon, closing with a 73 to finish at 9-under 279.

"It was a long, very, very tough day out there," Shin said. "But I kept my focus and concentrated on every shot, and when I made the winning putt, it was great.

The 24-year-old South Korean player won for the second time in seven days on the LPGA Tour. Last Monday morning in Virginia, she finished off Paula Creamer on the ninth hole of a playoff in the Kingsmill Championship.

Shin broke the record for margin of victory of five set by Karen Stupples in 2004 at Sunningdale.

Champions Tour

In Kapolei, Hawaii, Willie Wood took advantage of Bill Glasson's back-nine collapse to win the inaugural Hawaii Championship. The 51-year-old Wood birdied the last two holes for a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke victory over Glasson. Wood finished at 14-under 202 at Kapolei Golf Course.

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