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Old 06-19-2016, 01:21 PM   #1
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Jiyai Shin Completes Threepeat With Win At The 2016 Nichirei Ladies

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Jiyai Shin


She was special when she was rewriting the LPGA of Korea (KLPGA) record book. She was special when she moved to the United States-based LPGA, winning double-digit tournaments. And make no mistake, South Korea’s Jiyai Shin is still special on the LPGA of Japan (JLPGA), a confirmed winner wherever she decides to tee it up. With her 12-under 3-shot win at the 2016 Nichirei Ladies, she pulls off the threepeat having won there in 2014 and 2015 to become the reigning 3-time defending champion in Chiba. I can’t lie though. I was rooting for JLPGA super-amateur Minami Katsu of Japan to win this. She opened with back to back 67s to go 10-under through 2 rounds and hold a 1-shot lead over Hee-Kyung Bae (and 2-shots over Jiyai Shin). But while Shin would go 4-under 68 in the final round, Katsu stumbled with a 1-over 73 to let victory slip away. Disaster struck when Minami bogeyed 5,6 7, and 9. It was a test of her great ability just to get it back to 1-over for the round on the back 9. Tearful in the trophy ceremony, she has to know she let one get away. But she’s a young amateur. It happens. Shin is the Final Round Queen. In time, Minami will learn how to close as well.

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