Date: May 19, 2008

Shin savours the spoils of Korean Open

Just one week after facing the bitter disappointment of losing a playoff, Korean Ji-Yai Shin has put it behind her to win the Korean Women&aposs Open in another playoff against So Yeon Ryu. The 20-year old didn&apost get off to the greatest start but got into gear quickly, firing rounds of 75, 69 and 69 to leave her tied at three-under on 213 alongside Ryu. It was not looking good for Shin coming down the stretch in the final round as she found herself a couple of shots adrift with just two holes to play. However a birdie on the par-four 17th hole to Ryu&aposs bogey resulted in a dramatic two stroke swing to level the scores. Shin, who is fast gaining a reputation as a &aposPlayoff Queen&apos went on to win in sudden death to leave her well clear on top of the points table for KLPGA Player of the Year. Shin&aposs tally of 127 is vastly superior to Ryu (67), Sun Ju Ahn (58) who are second and third respectively, thanks mainly to winning three of the six events she has played in this year. Shin also memorably finished runner-up to Karrie Webb in a playoff at the 2008 Women&aposs Australian Open at Kingston Heath Golf Club in February. Click here for a full leaderboard