Born:April 28, 1988 in Seoul, South Korea.
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].
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].
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].
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].
Played as the Kingsmill Championship (Sept 6-9). Jiyai Shin (S Kor) beat Paula Creamer (USA) with a par at the ninth playoff hole. 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].
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].
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].
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].
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.
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.
Played as the HSBC Women's Champions (March 5-8; LPGA Tour event). Second-placed Katherine Hull (Aus) finished 2 shots behind 20-year-old Jiyai Shin (S Kor), who recorded her first win as a rookie 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].
Played as the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship presented by John Q Hammons (Sept 11-13). Jiyai 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].
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].
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].
Played as the LPGA Playoffs at The ADT Championship (Nov 20-23; LPGA Tour season-ending event). Second-placed Karrie Webb (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Jiyai 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].
European Tour: 2021 marks the 50th and last season of the world renowned European Tour, launched in April 1972 at the Spanish Open. From 2022 the Tour will be sponsored by Dubai-based global supply chain and ports operator DP World, and will be known as the DP World Tour.
South African Open: December 2021 events in South Africa have again been impacted by the Covid pandemic. The South African Open (Dec 2-5) will no longer be played as a DP World Tour event, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Dec 9-12) has been cancelled.
Bernhard Langer: at age 64, Langer collected a record sixth Charles Schwab Cup, the only player to have won the season-long points chase more than twice. He also topped the PGA Tour Champions money-list for the 11th time out of a possible 13 since 2008.
Carlota Ciganda: the five-time Solheim Cup star was delighted to record a fourth Ladies European Tour win in her home national championship, the Ladies Spanish Open.
Lee Elder: Trailblazer, Ryder Cup player, four-time PGA Tour winner and eight-time Senior PGA Tour winner, Lee Elder died on November 28, aged 87. In 1975 he became the first African American golfer to play in the Masters tournament, and in so doing provided one of the pivotal moments in the history of professional golf.
Golf World Top 100: Best Golf Courses in Europe. From France to Spain to the Netherlands and Norway, the Golf World Top 100 panel reveals the places you have to play (published 20 October 2021).
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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