Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Jenny Shin wins first LPGA title at Texas Open

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IRVING, Texas — Jenny Shin won the Texas Shootout on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour victory, pulling away for a two-stroke victory at Las Colinas Country Club.

Making her 135th tour start, Shin closed with 4-under 67 to finish at 14-under 270. The 23-year-old South Korean went to high school in Torrance, Calif., and won the 2006 U.S. Girls' Junior.

"Still in awe. Nothing has registered yet," Shin said. "I wanted to talk to my mom, but I was on the verge of tears, so I hung up without really her answering the phone. I think it will hit me as soon as I talk to my mom.

"Nothing's easy. Golf is not easy. I didn't have my 'A' game this week, surprisingly, and to know that I won with kind of a semi-goodish game, it makes me very happy."

Third-round leader Gerina Piller, from nearby Plano and seeking her first tour victory, birdied the final hole for 73 to tie for second with Amy Yang (71) and Mi Jung Hur (71).

"I was proud of the way I finished. I'll be back," Piller said after her fourth straight top-six finish.

Shin birdied three of the first five holes and added another on the par-5 10th. She closed with eight pars, the last an up-and-down save from right of the green on the par-5 18th.

"I actually didn't know I was in front of everybody," Shin said. "I thought Amy Yang was only one stroke behind, so I was really nervous on the last hole."

Other players showered her with beer after the victory.

"It wasn't something I pictured, for sure," Shin said. "I wanted something like champagne, but now I'm stinking of beer. Then they were like, 'Oh, you stink of beer." Then they shower you more with water. But it's still good. I'm so glad they stuck around and gave me a shower of beer."

She's projected to jump from 38th to 24th in the world ranking.

PGA: Jhonattan Vegas birdied two of five holes he was able to play in the rain-delayed third round of the Zurich Classic, giving him a share of the lead with Brian Stuard at 13-under 133 in Avondale, La.

As weather led to play being suspended for a fourth straight day, tournament officials cut the event to 54 holes in an attempt to finish play today.

Stuard had one birdie Sunday before play was called when steady rain and intermittent thunder forced organizers to clear water-logged TPC Louisiana after a little more than two hours of play. Vegas and Stuard will resume play on the sixth hole.

Top-ranked Jason Day was in a five-way tie for fifth at 10 under through 44 holes. Rain, which also delayed play Thursday and Saturday, was again forecast today.

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