Date: September 14, 2009
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LPGA – SHIN COMES FROM WELL BACK TO WIN PLAYOFF IN ARKANSAS

(14 September 2009 – Rogers, Arkansas)

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Korea&aposs Jiyai Shin produced a stunning final round 7-under par 64 to power her way into a playoff with America&aposs Angela Stanford and Korea&aposs Sun Young Yoo at the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons. Having forced her way into the playoff, the World No.5 sank her birdie putt on the second extra hole to record her third victory of the season.
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rnStarting the final round at 2-under par, seven shots behind overnight leader, Korea’s Song-Hee Kim, Shin began her round two hours before the leaders teed off. After nine holes, just as the leaders were playing their early holes she had pegged back two shots and still just looking for a Top-10 finish. However, five birdies on the back nine saw her reach the 9-under mark that none of the players left on the course could breach.
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rnAfter a long wait, it came down to the last with Kim, Yoo and Shi-Hyun Ahn all needing to birdie the last to make the playoff. As it turned out, only Yoo could so, while Stanford went one better and made eagle from 25-feet to make the playoff a battle between three. Eventually it was Shin who prevailed with a putt from 12-feet to make birdie on the second extra hole. After collecting the trophy, she said, “Today my goal was to be 2-under par, because I heard the rain coming and the windy day, so I just want to make under-par score. Then last hole I played, the playoff, where I really get pressure and nervous because I didn’t think about the win this morning. So yeah, I am really happy.”
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rnIn her rookie year, Shin leads the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year standings by a comfortable 585 points over Michelle Wie, and is a lay-down misere to win that award. With a winner’s cheque for US$270,000.00, she also leads the LPGA Official Money List; having overtaken America’s Cristie Kerr and subsequently leads the Rolex Player of the Year race. Should she win both the Rookie and Player titles, she would be the first to do so since 1978 when Hall of Famer, Nancy Lopez achieved this rare feat.
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rnIn a modest tournament for the ALPG contingent, Lindsey Wright was the best finisher in a tie for 36th at even par total 213. Sarah-Jane Smith (T44), Katherine Hull (T50) and Rachel Hetherington (70th) also made the cut.
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rnThis week sees the limited field Samsung World Championship being played at Torrey Pines in San Diego. In a field of only 20 players, ALPG will be represented by Karrie Webb and Lindsey Wright.

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Photo by Anthony Powter – Jiyai Shin.

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