Tomorrow: Jill McGill’s LPGA Tour Diary
FOUR LPGA TOUR WINS and a total of 26 professional wins − and she won’t be 21 until next month. LPGA Tour rookie Jiyai Shin doesn’t play like one.
Shin has already won a major − the 2008 Women’s British Open. This past weekend she stormed from behind to win the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore against an elite field.
Jiyai closed with a pair of 66s, explaining that she hit her driver and iron shots better than the first two days. The solid play catapulted Shin up the leaderboard. On Sunday, she made up four shots on leader Katherine Hull over the final nine holes to claim the title.
“Why do you think Koreans are so good at golf?” Shin was asked.
“I always say that we have Kimchi, and it has special powers, spicy, I think,” she said, laughing.
Shin, whose English is improving, added, “I think we long time have family to support, the players. So, get more hard mental, and then more training.”
Whether it’s from Kimchi, hard work, or both, this former KLPGA Tour player certainly does have special powers. At the rate she’s going, Shin will need a very large trophy room to store all of her golf hardware.
Turned pro: 2005
Birthplace: South Korea
College: Yonsei University
World ranking: 4
Professional wins: 26
LPGA Tour wins: 4
Major wins: 1
−The Armchair Golfer
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