Sunday, May 27, 2018
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Shin never threatened

HOYLAKE, England — Jiyai Shin avoided mistakes in miserable conditions Sunday to cruise to a record nine-stroke victory in the Women's British Open.

In the 36-hole finish Sunday at the wind-delayed tournament, Shin took a three-shot lead into the final round after shooting 1-under 71 in the morning. She stayed calm while strong wind and heavy showers sent scores soaring at Royal Liver­pool in the afternoon, closing with 73 to finish at 9-under 279.

"It was a long, very, very tough day out there," Shin said. "But I kept my focus and concentrated on every shot, and when I made the winning putt, it was great.

The 24-year-old South Korean won the major championship for the second time in five years and also won for the second time in seven days on tour. Last Monday morning in Virginia, she finished off Paula Creamer on the ninth hole of a playoff in the Kingsmill Championship.

"When I won at Sunningdale, it was a totally different kind of course, but I finally think I've got the right tempo with my swing for links golf," Shin said.

The 10-time LPGA winner entered the day with a five-stroke lead after shooting 64 — the lowest competitive round ever at Hoylake — on Saturday. She broke the margin-of-victory record of five set by Karen Stupples in 2004 at Sunningdale.

"My goal was 1-under par every single day. So my goal was 4 under. I think it was enough score," Shin said. "So, I'm really surprised even from (Saturday) and then also (Sunday), I hit even par with 36 holes with this weather, so I'm really surprised and inspired by myself. Because really tough course here, so when I finished it today, I'm just like, 'Wow, I can play good score any, any other course, I'm pretty sure of that.' "

Shin completed an Asian sweep of the four majors. South Korea's Sun Young Yoo won the Kraft Nabisco, China's Shanshan Feng took the LPGA Championship and South Korea's Na Yeon Choi won the U.S. Women's Open.

South Korea's Inbee Park was second, shooting 72-76. Creamer shot 72-72 to finish third at 1 over.

"I feel very close," said Creamer, winless since 2010. "I hit the ball great. I cannot take away from my ball striking. That was definitely not the issue. It was my putting for sure."

Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse shot 76 to finish tied for 13th at 8-over 296.

CHAMPIONS: Willie Wood took advantage of Bill Glasson's back-nine collapse to win the inaugural Hawaii Championship in Kapolei for his second tour victory in the last three events.

Wood, 51, birdied the last two holes for 6-under 66 and a one-stroke victory over Glasson. Wood played 54 holes without a bogey, finishing at 14-under 202.

Glasson shot 72. He began the round with a four-stroke lead and increased it to five, but on the final eight holes he had five bogeys and three birdies.

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