Posted by: happyfan08 | September 18, 2010

2010 Met Life Korean Economy KLPGA Championship Rd 4

Jiyai Shin has led the second Major of the year on the KLPGA schedule since the first round.  After gaining a three shot lead following round 3, she was looking to take her first title in her home country since leaving the tour for the LPGA in 2009.

It turned out to be a surprisingly easy task.  Jiyai birdied her first two holes to move to 12 under par, at that point a five shot lead, and her margin never shrank much after that.  She would make two more birdies and two more bogies for a 70, but that 12 under total led her to a four shot margin of victory.

Jiyai Shin wrapped up the KLPGA Championship title in style

The next nearest player was Hye Youn Kim.  Kim started the day in second place, three shots back, and shot a 71 to finish in solo second.

Hye Youn Kim in round 4

Na Yeon Choi had seriously challenged Shin the first two days, but never got it going on the weekend.  She also shot a 71 on Sunday for a 7 under total, tied for third. 

Na Yeon Choi in round 4

So Yeon Ryu, who was four shots back at the start of the day, shot a 72, good for only solo 7th.

So Yeon Ryu in round 4

The one player near the top who took a run at Shin was Soo Jin Yang.  Yang, the winner of the year’s first Major, shot a 68 in the final round to finish tied for third.  But she was too far back to start the day to have any serious chance.

Soo Jin Yang in round 4

Congratulations to the Little Angel Jiyai Shin, who once again has shown she is the player to beat! 

Jiyai Shin and the mobs following her on Sunday

 This is her 21st victory on the KLPGA, which I believe makes her the winningest player in the history of the tour (she was tied with Ok Hee Ku at 20 career wins before this triumph).  And she is still only 22 years old, with presumably many years ahead of her in which to claim even more hardware!

Jiyai Shin with her 2010 KLPGA Championship trophy

Scores:
1. Jiyai Shin 66-72-68-70 -12
2. Hye Youn Kim 68-72-69-71 -8
3. Na Yeon Choi 68-70-72-71 -7
Soo Jin Yang 69-72-72-68 -7
Cha Young Kim 2 72-69-69-71 -7
So Young Kim 2 72-69-69-71 -7

Notables:
7. So Yeon Ryu 72-70-68-72 -6
8. Jin Joo Hong 71-72-67-74 -4
Yoon Kyung Heo (R) 68-71-71-74 -4
10. Ran Hong 71-72-70-72 -3
12.Jung Eun Lee 5 70-74-68-74 -2
17. Soo Young Moon 72-73-72-71 Even
18. Hyun Hee Moon 74-72-72-71 +1
23. Hye Jung Choi 71-71-75-73 +2
29. Il Hee Lee 75-73-71-72 +3
Shin Ae Ahn 72-73-72-74 +3
Eun Hee Ji 72-73-71-75 +3
36. Bo Mee Lee 72-75-74-71 +4
47. Hee Kyung Seo 75-73-75-72 +7
50. He Yong Choi 72-71-76-77 +8
59. Sung Ah Yim 74-72-77-75 +10
62. Yoon Ji Cho (R) 76-72-79-77 +16

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Responses

  1. Had a long chat with Ji-Yai’s caddie last night. He said the scenes around 18 were incredible… also says the win qualifies Ji-Yai for the KLPGA Hall of Fame.

  2. Jiyai is fantastic…. I so enjoy watching her play, not only for her excellent golf, but (and perhaps more) for her fantastic personality. What a refreshing change from watching Tiger Woods.

    Keep up the super play, Jiyai. You have many fans here in the USA.

  3. Regarding the photo of mobs following Shin…all the heads are looking the opposite way, and some the people are walking the opposite way. Nice photo, wrong caption!


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