Date: February 17, 2013
Author: Golf Australia

Jiyai Shin wins Open

Rolex World Number 8 Korean Jiyai Shin held on to win the 2013 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open by two strokes in front of a packed gallery at Royal Canberra Golf Club, Yarralumla. Shin, a runner-up at the Open in 2008, claimed the first LPGA Tour event of the year after a final round 1-under par 72 to hold off Taiwanese World Number 1 Yani Tseng who fired a closing round 7-under par 66 to finish second. Well, finally I win in Australia so I m really happy about that and well, I was so nervous this morning because on this course I had a good chance for birdie but also a lot make it hard to keep the par, Shin said. I missed a few greens today but my chip shot was great and I had a good up and down out there. So well I believe – and then when I come through the 18th, the green, so many people were down there so I felt it was amazing to walk through the 18th. Tseng said she was pleased with her performance and runner-up finish. I was always feeling good here and I tried my best today. I think today I got some pretty good lucky bounces too, because I didn t drive as well like last few days but I got some good bounces, kick on the fairway, hit the tree, bounced to the fairway, so it s kind of really lucky. To finish 7 under, I m very happy for whole week. On the last hole I just tried a little bit too hard, Tseng said. World Number 1 amateur Lydia Ko finished with a 3-over par 76 to finish third and was philosophical about her final round and last fortnight. Obviously there are points and aspects where I do need to learn. Like, to me, today I think I realised that you know, after a bad hole it kind of carried onto the next hole. Like you can see, Jiyai Shin didn t really matter what she had on one hole, the next hole it was pretty fresh. So those are the kind of aspects I learnt. You know, I played with some big names out there this week, I was very privileged to play with them, Ko said. Thailand s Moriya Jutanugarn finished in a tie with Spain s Beatriz Recari at 13-under par while France s Gwladys Nocera finished in a tie for sixth with Spain s Carlota Ciganda at 12-under. Queensland s Katherine Hull-Kirk was the leading Australian, finishing in a four-way tie at 11-under par. Shin, Tseng and Jutanugarn have all earned places in the LPGA Tour s season-ending CME Group Titleholders tournament in November in Naples, Florida. The victory is Shin&aposs first Women&aposs Australian Open after she lost in a playoff to Karrie Webb in 2008. A gracious but excited winner, Shin said that she thoroughly enjoyed her time in Australia. “I finally won in Australia. I love meat pies and watching kangaroos, I&aposm so happy,” Shin said after the round. “I just focused on my game.” “Even away from golf, I love life. I feel very special and fortunate when I&aposm out on the course.” After playing the final round with Ko, Shin said the only way is up for the young Kiwi. “She&aposs growing up. I think she&aposs taller than me now!” she laughed. “I really enjoyed playing with Lydia.” “She missed a few shots today but she&aposs a great player. I really enjoy watching her play.” The Korean also set out her goals for 2013, saying she&aposs positive of a good year. “I&aposm looking to be the LPGA player of the year,” she said. “My first goal was to win this tournament. I&aposm taking it step by step.” “Even away from golf, I love life. I feel very special and fortunate when I&aposm out on the course.”