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Name: - Jiyai Shin (also Ji-yai Shin)
Country: - South Korea
Born : - April 28, 1988 in South Korea's capital city of Seoul.
Original Home/Club: - South Korea
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 2005

Roll of Honour

Majors (2). Multiple wins on the LPGA, Korea, Japan and Asian Tours. LPGA Tr Rookie of the Year (2009) and leading money winner (2009). Held the position of No.1 golfer in the Women's Official World Golf Rankings.

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Having already won on the LPGA of Korea Tour as an amateur, Jiyai Shin broke all existing records on the Tour in the 2007 season, winning 10 events in 19 starts. Her first LPGA Tour title and major win came at the 2008 Women's British Open.

Top tournaments won by Jiyai Shin

2018Wmn Aus/NZCanberra ClassicRoyal Canberra197 (-19)A$14,329
Played as the ActewAGL Canberra Classic (Feb 9-11; ALPG/LET Trs event; first time as an LET event; last played in 2012). Second-placed Minjee Lee (Aus) finished 6 shots behind Shin (S Kor), who recorded her 50th career win and sixth on the Ladies European Tour. [Royal Canberra Golf Club, Canberra, Australia].
2016Wmn Aus/NZAustralian Ladies MastersRoyal Pines278 (-14)A$37,500
Played as the RACV Ladies Masters (Feb 25-28; ALPG/LET Trs event; replaced in 2017 by the RACV Gold Coast Challenge, an ALPG-only event). Second-placed Holly Clyburn (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Shin (S Kor). [RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia].
2013Wmn Aus/NZAustralian Women's OpenRoyal Canberra274 (-18)US$180,000
Played as the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open (Feb 14-17; ALPG/LET/LPGA Trs event; LPGA season opener). Second-placed Yani Tseng (Taiw) finished 2 shots behind Shin (S Kor), who recorded her first ALPG win. [Royal Canberra Golf Club, Canberra, Australia].
2012Wmn MajorsBritish Women's OpenRoyal Liverpool279 (-9)$428,650
The Ricoh Women's British Open (36th) (Sept 13-16). Second-placed Inbee Park (S Kor) finished 9 shots behind Shin (S Kor). Shin's victory ensured all four women's majors in 2012 were won by Asian golfers (3 from Korea, 1 from China). [Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside].
2012Wmn AmericaKingsmill ChampionshipKingsmill Resort268 (-16)$195,000
Played as the Kingsmill Championship (Sept 6-9). Shin (S Kor) beat Paula Creamer (USA) after a 9-hole playoff. After the first eight playoff holes, darkness forced the suspension of play. Shin won at the ninth playoff hole on Monday. [River course, Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA].
2010Wmn EuropeEvian Ch'shipEvian Resort274 (-14)US$487,500
Played as the Evian Masters (July 22-25; LET/LPGA Trs event; recognised as a major ch'ship by the LET, but not by the LPGA Tour). Second-placed Na Yeon Choi (S Kor), Lexi Thompson (USA) and Morgan Pressel (USA) finished 1 shot behind Shin (S Kor). [Evian Masters GC, Evian-les-Bains, France].
2010Wmn AsiaJapan Classic (LPGA)Kashikojima CC198 (-18)US$180,000
Played as the Mizuno Classic (Nov 5-7; LPGA & Jpn LPGA Trs event). Second-placed Yani Tseng (Taiw) finished 2 shots behind Shin (S Kor). [Kintetsu Kashikojima CC, Shima-Shi, Mie, Jpn].
2009Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$1,807,334see Score
Shin (S Kor) won the LPGA Tour 2009 Money List, with earnings of $1,807,334 on the Tour. Cristie Kerr (USA) was second with $1,519,722. Ai Miyazato (Jpn) was third with $1,517,149.
2009Wmn AmericaNW Arkansas Ch'shipPinnacle CC204 (-9)$270,000
Played as the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship presented by John Q Hammons (Sept 11-13). Shin (S Kor) beat Angela Stanford (USA) and Sun Young Yoo (S Kor) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [Pinnacle CC, Rogers, Arkansas].
2009Wmn AwardsRookie of Yr - LPGA1,602 pts$1,807,334
Shin (S Kor) won the LPGA Tour 2009 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. Using a season-long points system (based on finishes in Tour events), Shin accumulated 1,602 pts; Anna Nordqvist (Swe) was second with 943 pts. Shin finished top of the LPGA money list, with earnings of $1,807,334.
2009Wmn AmericaWegmans LPGALocust Hill CC271 (-17)$300,000
Played as Wegmans LPGA (June 25-28). Second-placed Yani Tseng (Taiw) and Kristy McPherson (USA) finished 7 shots behind Shin (S Kor). [Locust Hill CC, Pittsford, Rochester, NY].
2009Wmn AsiaWomen's World Ch'shipTanah Merah277 (-11)US$300,000
Played as the HSBC Women's Champions (March 5-8; LPGA Tr event). Second-placed Katherine Hull (Aus) finished 2 shots behind LPGA Tour rookie Shin (S Kor), who recorded her first win as a member of the Tour. Her three LPGA Tour wins in 2008 were not as a member of the Tour. [Garden course, Tanah Merah CC, Singapore].
2008Wmn AmericaADT ChampionshipTrump Intl, W Palm Beach70 (-2)$1,000,000
Played as the LPGA Playoffs at The ADT Championship (Nov 20-23; LPGA Tr season-ending event). Second-placed Karrie Webb (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Shin (S Kor) in the final-day shootout. Shin took the $1 million first prize, the richest in women's golf. The 32 player field was cut to 16 for day 3, then 8 for the final day. [Trump Intl GC, West Palm Beach, FL].
2008Wmn MajorsBritish Women's OpenSunningdale, Eng270 (-18)$314,464
The Ricoh Women's British Open (32nd) (Jul 31-Aug 3). Second-placed Yani Tseng (Taiw) finished 3 shots behind 20-year-old Shin (S Kor), who won her first major championship title and became the youngest ever winner of this event. [Old course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].
2008Wmn AsiaJapan Classic (LPGA)Kashikojima CC201 (-15)US$210,000
Played as the Mizuno Classic (Nov 7-9; LPGA & Jpn LPGA Trs event). Second-placed Mayu Hattori (Jpn) finished 6 shots behind Shin (S Kor). [Kintetsu Kashikojima CC, Shima-Shi, Mie, Jpn].


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