LPGA: Jiyai Shin's Victory and 5 Things We Learned from the Women's British Open
Jiyai Shin is your 2012 Women's British Open champion. The South Korean recorded a nine-stroke victory over her fellow countrywoman Inbee Park.
Shin had won last week's Kingsmill Championship after defeating Paula Creamer in the longest playoff in LPGA history.
This time, she battled under tough conditions, which included the suspension of the second-round, and played 36 holes on Sunday to grab her second Women's British Open title.
A lot of drama surrounded the last major of the season. Let's find out what we learned from it.
Asians Still in Command of Major Championships
Asian players won this season's LPGA major championships, all of them!
Sun Young Yoo (South Korea) secured the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Shanshan Feng (China) won the Wegmans LPGA Championship, Na Yeon Choi (South Korea) captured the U.S. Women’s Open, and Jiyai Shin (South Korea) claimed the Women's British Open.
These golfers have settled on the USA-based tour as the group to follow. In the past decade (2003-2012) they have secured 17 Grand Slam events, out of 40.
American players have won nine, Europeans 11, Mexicans two and Australians one.
Paula Creamer Is Close to Securing a Victory
Paula Creamer finished third in the Women's British Open, thus securing her sixth top-10 finish of the season.
The Pink Panther hasn't won in 26 months. However, she was really close to accomplishing the feat at the Kingsmill Championship, where she lost to Jiyai Shin in the ninth playoff hole.
Creamer's game seems to be getting closer to what she wants. Her putter is actually the only part where she needs to put a little extra effort.
Her brand new swing, rebuilt from scratch by her coach David Wheelan, has started to pay off, especially with the irons.
"My confidence in my irons, I have a really good swing thought, and it's a lot about my rhythm, just my grip pressure, things like that in the past was getting a little tight and just nervous," said Paula.
Play Suspension Is Not Necessarily an Advantage
The second round of the tournament had to be suspended. On Friday, 60 mph wind gusts pushed the officials to call it a day; the balls were moving all over the fairways and tees, making it impossible to play.
The LPGA also informed that "the Rules Committee of the Ladies Golf Union declared that the scores recorded by those early groups would be “null and void” in accordance with Rule 33-2d."
A total of 36 players had already teed off, including Michelle Wie, Brittany Lincicome and Karens Stuppes.
This was not the first time a tournament was suspended due to inclement weather conditions.
Nullifying scores is not unprecedented. It also occurred at the 2001 LPGA Champions Classic and 2003 Samsung World Championship.— LPGA (@lpga) September 14, 2012
Natalie Gulbis recalled that this scenario hadn't been beneficial for her in past years.
had a situation similar few yrs back: played 8 holes in bad weather...score was canceled..played same holes over par in good weather nxt day— Natalie Gulbis (@natalie_gulbis) September 14, 2012
Play was resumed on Saturday at 6:50 a.m. local time.
Momentum Is a Key Factor
Jiyai Shin proved that she's back on track. She needed 22 months to go back into the winner's circle and is enjoying it a lot.
She won last week's Kingsmill Championship, which took a lot of pressure off, especially after going through wrist surgery in May.
"My left hand, this part right here—actually my palm was small bone was broken, so I just take it out and another—so many players say, you practice too much, too many practice. I feel much better now. So just take care," she said.
Shin shot 8-under 64 to take a five-shot lead after the second round. She finished the tournament with a nine-stroke margin of victory over Inbee Park, the largest in the history of the Women’s British Open.
Shin grabbed her 10th LPGA title and her seventh since she joined the LPGA in 2009.
Yani Tseng Is Still Trying to Find Her Mojo
World No. 1 Yani Tseng finished 20 strokes behind the champion. Tseng had the chance to become the first ever three-time winner of the Women's British Open.
However, the Taiwanese couldn't repeat the great performances she had in 2010 and 2011 and finished in a tie for 26th with a 299 score, 11-over par.
Tseng is set to play next week's Navistar LPGA Classic and hopes to collect her fourth title of the season.