Shin completes Asian glory

  • Last Updated: September 17 2012, 8:11 BST

South Korea's Jiyai Shin was in a league of her own as she claimed her second Ricoh Women's British Open title in five years on a landmark day for golf.

Jiyai Shin: Made history at Hoylake

For the first time in history Asian players have won all four of the women's majors in one season - and that makes it a remarkable seven in a row for them.

Shin's massive nine-stroke victory after a marathon 36-hole final day at wet and windy Hoylake means she joins compatriots Sun-young Yoo and Na-yeon Choi and China's Shanshan Feng as this season's champions.

Their dominance is in stark contrast to the men's game wherem in 423 majors played since the first Open in 1860 Korean YE Yang, who won a duel with Tiger Woods at the USPGA three years ago, has been the only Asian winner.

Shin went into the day five clear after a stunning second round 64 - the lowest score of the week by four - and won the £266,143 first prize with battling rounds of 71 and 73.

They gave the 24-year-old a nine-under-par total of 279 for what was her second victory in seven days. Last Monday she beat American Paula Creamer after a nine-hole play-off in Virginia.

And this after two months off this summer following surgery to remove a broken bone in the palm of her left hand.

After the biggest win since the event became a major in 2001, Shin said: "It was a long, long, very tough day and I just focused on each single shot.

"Before I thought my skill was not good for links (her 2008 victory was at Sunningdale), but finally I have great tempo in my swing and I think this course was made for me.

"After last week I had great confidence and I have great memories of this tournament."

Compatriot Inbee Park was runner-up and Creamer third after playing the last four holes in four under with an eagle and two birdies.

It was not quite as easy as it sounds, however. During the morning Shin had her advantage trimmed to one shot after 10 holes, but birdied the next three.

The Atlanta-based golfer then started her final round with a triple-bogey seven as the weather worsened, but remained in control as Webb dropped two shots herself there and followed with two bogeys.

Birdie putts of 22 and 18 feet at the sixth and seventh widened the gap to seven and the only issue at that point appeared to be whether she would have to come back in the morning to finish the job off.

A torrential downpour as she reached the turn left her with a broken umbrella, but after a replacement was found play was suspended because balls were moving on another green.

The hold-up was for less than 10 minutes as the gale passed, however, and on the resumption Shin never looked in the remotest danger of tossing it away.

World number one Yani Tseng's bid for an unprecedented third successive win in the event was over long before she ran up a quintuple bogey nine at the 14th.

The Taiwanese 23-year-old, very much part of the Asian success story with five majors already in her career, closed with a 79 for joint 26th place on 11 over.

Scot Catriona Matthew, winner at Royal Lytham three years ago, finished as the leading home player in a tie for 10th on seven over.

Fifteen-year-old Lydia Ko - Korean-born, but now representing New Zealand - was leading amateur at nine over, two better than England's Holly Clyburn.

Final collated scores and totals (Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 72):

279 Jiyai Shin (Kor) 71 64 71 73

288 Inbee Park (Kor) 72 68 72 76

289 Paula Creamer (USA) 73 72 72 72

290 Mika Miyazato (Jpn) 71 70 72 77

291 So yeon Ryu (Kor) 70 74 71 76, Karrie Webb (Aus) 71 70 68 82

293 Julieta Granada (Par) 74 71 74 74

294 Katie Futcher (USA) 71 71 73 79, Stacy Lewis (USA) 74 70 76 74

295 Chella Choi (Kor) 72 73 72 78, Catriona Matthew 76 73 71 75, In Kyung Kim (Kor) 75 72 73 75

296 Michelle Wie (USA) 75 70 72 79, Na Yeon Choi (Kor) 73 73 75 75, Cindy Lacrosse (USA) 73 75 72 76, Cristie Kerr (USA) 72 73 74 77

297 Lindsey Wright (Aus) 76 72 75 74, Vicky Hurst (USA) 71 72 79 75, Carlota Ciganda (Spa) 76 71 77 73, Jenny Shin (USA) 75 68 71 83, Lexi Thompson (USA) 74 75 76 72, Lydia Ko (Nzl) 72 71 76 78

298 Lydia Hall 71 75 75 77, Juli Inkster (USA) 79 69 72 78, Angela Stanford (USA) 72 72 74 80

299 Holly Clyburn 72 73 74 80, Ai Miyazato (Jpn) 71 72 73 83, Yani Tseng (Tai) 72 72 76 79, Beatriz Recari (Spa) 72 77 73 77, Amy Yang (Kor) 73 72 75 79, Hee Kyung Seo (Kor) 72 73 75 79, Yuki Ichinose (Jpn) 72 72 72 83

300 Line Vedel Hansen (Den) 80 69 74 77, Bronte Law 75 71 77 77, Hee Young Park (Kor) 78 71 76 75, Karine Icher (Fra) 75 72 76 77, Katherine Hull (Aus) 72 72 77 79

301 Candie Kung (Tai) 73 76 75 77

302 Jane Park (USA) 74 72 78 78, Erina Hara (Jpn) 75 73 77 77, Lee-Anne Pace (Rsa) 76 73 77 76, Hee-Won Han (Kor) 72 75 74 81

303 Carin Koch (Swe) 72 71 78 82, Morgan Pressel (USA) 72 73 77 81, Amy Hung (Tai) 72 74 79 78, Sarah-jane Smith (Aus) 74 75 77 77

304 Sun Young Yoo (Kor) 74 75 75 80, Becky Morgan 72 75 79 78, Haeji Kang (Kor) 70 79 77 78, Dewi Claire Schreefel (USA) 73 74 79 78, Jing Yan (Chn) 80 69 77 78, Stephanie Na (Aus) 76 73 78 77

305 Sydnee Michaels (USA) 75 71 82 77, Eun Hee Ji (Kor) 75 74 75 81

306 Florentyna Parker 77 72 76 81

309 Trish Johnson 72 77 83 77

312 Mo Martin (USA) 77 72 79 84