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Jiyai Shin

Name: Jiyai Shin
Nickname: Final Round Queen
Born: 28 April 1988 (age 22)
South Korea
Height: 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Nationality: South Korea
Turned professional: 2005
Current tour(s): LPGA Tour (joined 2009)
KLPGA (joined 2005)
JLPGA Tour (joined 2005)
Professional wins: 26

Best results in LPGA Major Championships
Kraft Nabisco C'ship T15: 2007
LPGA Championship 3: 2009
U.S. Women's Open 6th: 2007
Women's British Open Won: 2008

Jiyai Shin, also known as Ji-Yai Shin, (born April 28, 1988) is a professional golfer currently playing on the LPGA Tour and the LPGA of Korea Tour (KLPGA). She has broken all existing KLPGA records, winning 10 events in 19 starts on the KLPGA Tour in 2007. In 2008, playing only 10 tournaments on the LPGA Tour as a non-member, she won three events, including the Women's British Open and the ADT Championship.

In 2005, while she was still in high school, Shin was the only amateur to win a KLPGA event that season when she won the SK Enclean Invitational. She turned professional at the end of the 2005 season.

Returning to the KLPGA as a rookie in 2006, she started her year with a pair of third place finishes in her first two events and went on to claim three wins on the season.

2007 marked Shin's breakout year. She played 19 events on the KLPGA and won 10 of them, shattering all existing Tour records. She also ventured onto the LPGA Tour for the first time and played three of the four women's major championships. At the U.S. Women's Open she finished sixth after holding the tournament lead going into the final round. The next month at the Evian Masters, an event on the LPGA Tour an a major on the Ladies European Tour, she finished tied for third. Shin finished 2007 ranked 8th in the world, the highest ranked Korean of all, and the only non-LPGA member who ranked in the top ten.

Opening 2008 at the Women's World Cup of Golf, Shin and number two KLPGA player Eun-Hee Ji succumbed to the Philippines pair of Jennifer Rosales and Dorothy Delasin with a score of -16 after 3rd and final day of competition. Philippines scored -18 and received the $240,000 cheque. Shin then played at the Women's Australian Open where she finished 2nd, losing to Karrie Webb in a playoff.

Shin won the Women's British Open in Berkshire, England for her first LPGA Tour and major win. This made her the first non-member of the LPGA to win a major since Laura Davies won the U.S. Women's Open in 1987. She won the 2008 Mizuno Classic in November, shooting scores of 68, 66 and 67. She was 6 shots ahead f the next competitor to win at -15 (201), to notch her second LPGA career win.

Two weeks later she won the ADT Championship, the culminating event in the season-long LPGA playoff series, and claimed the $1 million prize. She became the first-ever non-LPGA member to win three LPGA tournaments.Shin was the first non-LPGA member to ever win three tournaments. Shin has endorsement deals with Mirae Asset & PRGR Golf.

Shin's wins in LPGA Tour events in 2008 qualified her for LPGA membership in 2009 (one win would have been sufficient). She got off to a slow start as an LPGA member, missing her first cut ever in an LPGA tournament at the season-opening SBS Open at Turtle Bay. She rebounded and won the third event of the season, the limited field HSBC Women's Champions, scoring 66 in both the third and fourth rounds.

On 2 May, Shin won the Cyber Agent Ladies on the LPGA of Japan Tour. On 3 May, she became the World Number 1 ranked women's golfer, replacing Lorena Ochoa who finished in sixth place in an LPGA tournament the prevoius da. She held the position until it was taken over by Ai Miyazato on June 21, 2010 and regained it on July 26 after winning the Evian Masters.

On 19 September, Shin won the MetLife-Korea Economics KLPGA Championship, one of the major championships on the LPGA of Korea Tour. With this victory, Shin is now qualified for the KLPGA Hall of Fame, although she has to fulfill her career as professional golfer for 10 years. She will be the third Hall of Famer in 2015, after Ok-Hee Ku and Se Ri Pak.

Professional wins (34)
LPGA Tour wins (8)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
13 Aug 2008Ricoh Women's British Open-18 (66-68-70-66=270)3 strokesYani Tseng
29 Nov 2008Mizuno Classic^-15 (68-66-67=201)6 strokesMayu Hattori
323 Nov 2008ADT Championship-2 (69-75-71- 70)1 strokeKarrie Webb
48 Mar 2009HSBC Women's Champions-11 (72-73-66-66=277)2 strokesKatherine Hull
528 Jun 2009Wegmans LPGA-17 (65-68-67-71=271)7 strokesYani Tseng Kristy McPherson
613 Sep 2009P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship-9 (70-70-64=207)PlayoffAngela Stanford Sun Young Yoo
725 Jul 2010Evian Masters-14 (70-69-68-67=274)1 strokeMorgan Pressel Na Yeon Choi Alexis Thompson
87 Nov 2010Mizuno Classic^-18 (65-66-67=198)2 strokesYani Tseng

LPGA of Korea Tour wins (21)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
111 Sep 2005SK Enclean Invitational (as an amateur)-11 (68-67-70=205)2 strokesKyeong Bae
221 May 2006Taeyoung Cup Korea Women's Open-11 (67-73-65=205)2 strokesCristie Kerr
38 Sep 2006PAVV Invitational-12 (68-66-70=204)1 strokeHye-Jin Jung
419 Nov 2006Orient China Ladies Open-17 (72-66-64-69=271)8 strokesNa Yeon Choi
527 Apr 2007MBC Tour MCSquare Cup Crown CC Ladies OpenE (76-73-67=216)PlayoffJoo-Eun Lee
63 Jun 2007Hill State Open-12 (67-71-66=204)1 strokeEun-Hee Ji
715 Jun 2007MBC Tour BC Card Classic-12 (71-67-66=204)1 strokeJi-Yeon Woo
823 Jun 2007KB Star Tour 3rd Tournament at Pohang-16 (66-68-66=200)2 strokeEun-Hee Ji
98 Sep 2007KB Star Tour 4th Tournament at Cheongwon-10 (69-65=134)2 strokesNa Yeon Choi
1016 Sep 2007SK Energy Invitational-12 (68-66-70=204)5 strokesHee Young Park Jin Joo Hong
117 Oct 2007Samsung Finance Ladies Championship-8 (71-67-70=208)2 strokesHyun Hee Moon
1228 Oct 2007Interburgo Masters-9 (71-72-67=210)5 strokesNa Yeon Choi
1325 Nov 2007ADT CAPS Championship-5 (74-69-68=211)3 strokesSeon-Wook Lim
1416 Dec 2007China Ladies Open-13 (68-68-67=203)5 strokesYani Tseng
1520 Apr 2008Woori Investment & Securities Ladies Championship-13 (66-70-67=203)1 strokeIlhee Lee
1618 May 2008Taeyoung Cup Korea Women's Open-3 (75-69-69=213)PlayoffSo Yeon Ryu
1715 Jun 2008BC Card Classic-5 (68-71-72=211)PlayoffMin-Sun Kim Hyun-Ji Kim
1826 Sep 2008Shinsegae KLPGA Championship-7 (67-70-72=209)2 strokesSun Ju Ahn
1918 Oct 2008Hite Cup Championship-13 (68-67-68=203)2 strokesSoo-Yun Kang
2026 Oct 2008KB Star Tour Grand Final at Incheon-3 (66-74-70-73=285)PlayoffSun Ju Ahn He-Yong Choi
2119 Sep 2010J Golf Series MetLife-Korea Economic Daily KLPGA Championship-12 (66-72-68-70=276)4 strokesKim Hye-youn

LPGA of Japan Tour (5)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
123 Mar 2008Yokohama Tire PRGR Ladies Cup-4 (70-69-73=212)PlayoffSakura Yokomine
29 Nov 2008Mizuno Classic^-15 (68-66-67=201)6 strokesMayu Hattori
325 Oct 2009Masters GC Ladies-8 (70-70-68-208)PlayoffYuko Mitsuka Akiko Fukushima
42 May 2010Cyber Agent Ladies-8 (72-70-66=208)2 strokesAkane Iijima Miho Koga
57 Nov 2010Mizuno Classic^-18 (65-66-67=198)2 strokesYani Tseng

Major championships Wins (1)
YearChampionship Winning Score Margin Runner(s)-up
2008Ricoh Women's British Open-18 (66-68-70-66=270)3 strokesYani Tseng

LPGA Tour career summary
YearTournaments playedCuts madeWins2nd3rdTop 10sBest finishEarnings ($)Money list rankScoring averageScoring rank
200925233131211,807,334 1170.262

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