Record round helps Shin open sizable lead

HOYLAKE, England — Jiyai Shin opened a five-stroke lead in the Women's British Open, shooting 8-under 64 Saturday in the wind-delayed second round.

Coming off a playoff victory Monday in the Kingsmill Champion­ship, the 24-year-old South Korean was at 9-under 135 at Royal Liverpool.

The nine-time LPGA Tour winner hit all 18 greens in regulation and needed only 28 putts. The 64 is the lowest round in competition at Royal Liverpool, breaking the mark of 65 set by four players in the 2006 British Open.

"A bogey-free day and then bunker-free, too, so that was probably the best round I have ever played in a major," Shin said. "So that is a good thing, (Saturday's) golf. I missed just one fairway. And on the back nine, it's blowing a very strong wind, but I just stayed focused on my tempo and my timing with my driver and shots."

South Korea's Inbee Park was second after 68. She played alongside Shin.

"I had a lot of easy birdies on the back nine, and the front nine was really tough because the wind picked up," Park said. "I've been playing the front nine really hard because my ball is a little bit right to left shape and the wind is coming right to left, so I just have to watch the front nine a little bit more the next two days. The back nine, I've been playing great and I've been having a lot of birdies on the back nine, so feeling really confident with the back nine."

Australia's Karrie Webb, the tournament winner in 1995, 1997 and 2002, was another stroke back along with Japan's Mika Miyazato. They shot 70.

"I'm surprised to be six shots behind at 3 under," Webb said. "But I'm happy with the way I played and handled the golf course. I'll just try to narrow the gap and see how it goes."

Play was called off Friday because of high wind and the round was restarted Saturday. The final two rounds are set for today.

Shin opened on the par-5 10th with a 30-yard chip for eagle then birdied the next three holes. She also birdied the 16th for a 6-under 31 on the back nine.

Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse shot 75 and was 4 over. Tampa resident Kristy McPherson (8 over) and Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (11 over) missed the cut.

CHAMPIONS: Bill Glasson moved into position for his first tour victory, shooting 7-under 65 to take a four-stroke lead into the final round of the inaugural Hawaii Championship in Kapolei. Winless in 46 starts on the 50-and-over tour, Glasson, 52, was at 13-under 131. He won seven times on the PGA Tour in a career marked by more than 20 surgeries. First-round leader Peter Senior and Mark McNulty were tied for second.

Record round helps Shin open sizable lead 09/15/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 15, 2012 11:51pm]

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