Date: September 11, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Shin finally takes out Kingsmill

Jiyai Shin has taken out the LPGA Kingsmill Championship, finally claiming victory on the ninth hole in an epic play-off with Paula Creamer on Monday morning. In the longest play-off between two players in LPGA history, the pair could not be separated after eight attempts at the par-four 18th hole on Sunday evening before bad light stopped play. But early on Monday at the Williamsburg, Virginia Course, South Korean Shin proved victorious on the par-four 16th. Creamer certainly had her chance, the 26-year-old American&aposs putt hitting the edge of the hole and bouncing away before Shin nailed par for the win, her first victory in two years. “We were so hungry for the win,” Shin told USA Today. “I can&apost believe because I did a hand operation in June and then after that two months I didn&apost play. “So I feel like I take a little bit long time for the win, but I&aposm really happy it&aposs coming quick.” The loss was tough on Creamer, who had led by one stroke over Shin going into the 18th hole on Sunday. However a bogey on the 18th, coupled with a birdie to Shin saw the pair head to the play-off hole time and time again. The previous longest play-off in the LPGA was seven holes in a title won by Cristie Kerr over Seol-An Jeon at the 2004 Takefuji Classic. There was also a play-off between three players that lasted 10 holes. The best of the Australian contingent was Katherine Hull, who failed to make the cut despite consecutive scores of even-par 71. Sarah Jane Smith was also on even par for the tournament after scores of 70 and 72. Click for LIVE SCORES