Jiyai Shin

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Jiyai Shin
신지애
— Golfer —
090308 HSBC Women's Champions 2.jpg
Shin at the 2009 HSBC Women's Champions
Personal information
Full name Jiyai Shin
Nickname Final Round Queen
Born (1988-04-28) 28 April 1988 (age 26)
South Korea
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Nationality  South Korea
Residence Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Career
College Yonsei University
Turned professional 2005
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 2009)
KLPGA (joined 2005)
JLPGA Tour (joined 2005)
Professional wins 40
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 11
LPGA of Japan Tour 8
LPGA of Korea Tour 21
Ladies Asian Golf Tour 1
Other 1
Best results in LPGA major championships
(Wins: 2)
Kraft Nabisco C'ship T5: 2010
LPGA Championship 3rd/T3: 2009, 2010
U.S. Women's Open T5: 2010
Women's British Open Won: 2008, 2012
The Evian Championship T44: 2013
Achievements and awards
(For a full list of awards, see here)
This is a Korean name; the family name is Shin.

Jiyai Shin (Korean: 신지애 Shin Ji-ae, [ɕʰin dʑi.ɛː]; born 28 April 1988) is a South Korean 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. She has been ranked as number 1 in the Women's World Golf Rankings.

Amateur career[edit]

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.

Professional career[edit]

2006[edit]

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[edit]

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. The next month at the Evian Masters, an event on the LPGA Tour and 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.

2008[edit]

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.[1]

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 six shots ahead of the next competitor to win at −15 (201), to notch her second LPGA career win.[2] 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.

2009[edit]

Shin's wins in LPGA Tour events in 2008 qualified her for LPGA membership in 2009. 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. She won again in June at the full-field Wegmans LPGA tournament[3] and in September at the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship. By the first week of November she officially clinched the LPGA Rookie of the Year award.

2010[edit]

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 previous day.[4] She held the position until it was taken over by Ai Miyazato on 21 June 2010 and regained it on 26 July after winning the Evian Masters.[5]

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 qualified for the KLPGA Hall of Fame, although she has to fulfill her career as professional golfer for 10 years before membership can be official. If she continues her professional career, she will be the third Hall of Famer in 2015, after Ok-Hee Ku and Se Ri Pak.[6]

Honors and awards[edit]

Personal life[edit]

In 2004 at age 16, Shin's mother was killed in a car accident. Her younger brother and sister were seriously injured and spent nearly a year in a hospital. Her mom's death insurance money funded the beginning of her golf career.[7] Shin currently owns a home in Atlanta, Georgia, where she lives with her brother, stepmother, and father.[8]

Endorsements[edit]

Shin has endorsement deals with Mizuno Golf, Three Bond, Jack Nicklaus Clothing & Dow

Professional wins (40)[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (11)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (2)
Other LPGA Tour (9)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 3 Aug 2008 Ricoh Women's British Open 66-68-70-66=270 −18 3 strokes Taiwan Yani Tseng
2 9 Nov 2008 Mizuno Classic^ 68-66-67=201 −15 6 strokes Japan Mayu Hattori
3 23 Nov 2008 ADT Championship 69-75-71-70 1 stroke Australia Karrie Webb
4 8 Mar 2009 HSBC Women's Champions 72-73-66-66=277 −11 2 strokes Australia Katherine Hull
5 28 Jun 2009 Wegmans LPGA 65-68-67-71=271 −17 7 strokes Taiwan Yani Tseng
United States Kristy McPherson
6 13 Sep 2009 P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship 70-70-64=207 −9 Playoff United States Angela Stanford
South Korea Sun Young Yoo
7 25 Jul 2010 Evian Masters 70-69-68-67=274 −14 1 stroke United States Morgan Pressel
South Korea Na Yeon Choi
United States Alexis Thompson
8 7 Nov 2010 Mizuno Classic^ 65-66-67=198 −18 2 strokes Taiwan Yani Tseng
9 10 Sep 2012 Kingsmill Championship 62-68-69-69=268 −16 Playoff United States Paula Creamer
10 16 Sep 2012 Ricoh Women's British Open 71-64-71-73=279 −9 9 strokes South Korea Inbee Park
11 17 Feb 2013 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open 65-67-70-72=274 −18 2 strokes Taiwan Yani Tseng

LPGA Tour playoff record (2–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2009 P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship United States Angela Stanford, South Korea Sun Young Yoo Won with birdie on second extra hole
1 2012 Kingsmill Championship United States Paula Creamer Won with par on ninth extra hole

LPGA majors are shown in bold.
^ Mizuno Classic co-sanctioned by LPGA of Japan Tour and LPGA Tour.
ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open co-sanctioned with the ALPG Tour and the Ladies European Tour.

LPGA of Korea Tour wins (21)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 11 Sep 2005 SK Enclean Invitational (as an amateur) −11 (68-67-70=205) 2 strokes South Korea Kyeong Bae
2 21 May 2006 Taeyoung Cup Korea Women's Open −11 (67-73-65=205) 2 strokes United States Cristie Kerr
3 8 Sep 2006 PAVV Invitational −12 (68-66-70=204) 1 stroke South Korea Hye-Jin Jung
4 19 Nov 2006 Orient China Ladies Open −17 (72-66-64-69=271) 8 strokes South Korea Na Yeon Choi
5 27 Apr 2007 MBC Tour MCSquare Cup Crown CC Ladies Open E (76-73-67=216) Playoff South Korea Joo-Eun Lee
6 3 Jun 2007 Hill State Open −12 (67-71-66=204) 1 stroke South Korea Eun-Hee Ji
7 15 Jun 2007 MBC Tour BC Card Classic −12 (71-67-66=204) 1 stroke South Korea Ji-Yeon Woo
8 23 Jun 2007 KB Star Tour 3rd Tournament at Pohang −16 (66-68-66=200) 2 stroke South Korea Eun-Hee Ji
9 8 Sep 2007 KB Star Tour 4th Tournament at Cheongwon −10 (69-65=134) 2 strokes South Korea Na Yeon Choi
10 16 Sep 2007 SK Energy Invitational −12 (68-66-70=204) 5 strokes South Korea Hee Young Park
South Korea Jin Joo Hong
11 7 Oct 2007 Samsung Finance Ladies Championship −8 (71-67-70=208) 2 strokes South Korea Hyun Hee Moon
12 28 Oct 2007 Interburgo Masters −9 (71-72-67=210) 5 strokes South Korea Na Yeon Choi
13 25 Nov 2007 ADT CAPS Championship −5 (74-69-68=211) 3 strokes South Korea Seon-Wook Lim
14 16 Dec 2007 China Ladies Open −13 (68-68-67=203) 5 strokes Taiwan Yani Tseng
15 20 Apr 2008 Woori Investment & Securities Ladies Championship −13 (66-70-67=203) 1 stroke South Korea Ilhee Lee
16 18 May 2008 Taeyoung Cup Korea Women's Open −3 (75-69-69=213) Playoff South Korea So Yeon Ryu
17 15 Jun 2008 BC Card Classic −5 (68-71-72=211) Playoff South Korea Min-Sun Kim
South Korea Hyun-Ji Kim
18 26 Sep 2008 Shinsegae KLPGA Championship −7 (67-70-72=209) 2 strokes South Korea Sun Ju Ahn
19 18 Oct 2008 Hite Cup Championship −13 (68-67-68=203) 2 strokes South Korea Soo-Yun Kang
20 26 Oct 2008 KB Star Tour Grand Final at Incheon −3 (66-74-70-73=285) Playoff South Korea Sun Ju Ahn
South Korea He-Yong Choi
21 19 Sep 2010 J Golf Series MetLife-Korea Economic Daily KLPGA Championship −12 (66-72-68-70=276) 4 strokes South Korea Kim Hye-youn

Tournaments in bold denotes major tournaments in KLPGA

Ladies Asian Golf Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 9 Feb 2007 Thailand Ladies Open −10 (67-72-67=296) 10 strokea South Korea Da-ye Na

LPGA of Japan Tour (8)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 23 Mar 2008 Yokohama Tire PRGR Ladies Cup −4 (70-69-73=212) Playoff Japan Sakura Yokomine
2 9 Nov 2008 Mizuno Classic^ −15 (68-66-67=201) 6 strokes Japan Mayu Hattori
3 25 Oct 2009 Masters GC Ladies −8 (70-70-68-208) Playoff Japan Yuko Mitsuka
Japan Akiko Fukushima
4 2 May 2010 Cyber Agent Ladies −8 (72-70-66=208) 2 strokes Japan Akane Iijima
Japan Miho Koga
5 7 Nov 2009 Mizuno Classic^ −18 (65-66-67=198) 2 strokes Taiwan Yani Tseng
6 22 Jun 2014 Nichirei Ladies −12 (69-65-70=204) 4 strokes Japan Hikari Fujita
Japan Rumi Yoshiba
7 10 Aug 2014 Meiji Cup −12 (70-66-68=204) 2 strokes Taiwan Teresa Lu
8 31 Aug 2014 Nitori Ladies Golf Tournament −8 (67-71-70=208) 3 strokes Japan Saiki Fujita
South Korea Bo-Mee Lee

^ Mizuno Classic co-sanctioned by LPGA of Japan Tour and LPGA Tour.

Major championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

No. Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
1 2008 Ricoh Women's British Open −18 (66-68-70-66=270) 3 strokes Taiwan Yani Tseng
2 2012 Ricoh Women's British Open −9 (71-64-71-73=279) 9 strokes South Korea Inbee Park

Results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Kraft Nabisco Championship T15 T31 T21 T5 T29 T26 T7 T16
U.S. Women's Open 6 T19 T13 T5 T10 DNP CUT DNP
Women's British Open T28 1 T8 T14 21 1 T36 T29
LPGA Championship DNP DNP 3 T3 T34 DNP T5 DNP
The Evian Championship ^ T44 DNP

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" tied
Green background for a win. Yellow background for a top-10 finish

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Kraft Nabisco Championship 0 0 0 1 2 5 8 8
U.S. Women's Open 0 0 0 1 3 5 6 5
Women's British Open 2 0 0 2 3 5 8 8
LPGA Championship 0 0 2 3 3 3 4 4
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 2 0 2 7 11 18 27 26
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 22 (2007 Kraft Nabisco – 2013 LPGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 4 (2009 British Open – 2010 U.S. Open)

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made*
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
(US$)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2006 1 1 0 0 0 1 T4 63,719 n/a 70.33 n/a
2007 7 7 0 0 1 2 T3 346,259 n/a 71.76 n/a
2008 10 10 3 0 0 6 1 1,682,976 n/a 70.73 n/a
2009 25 23 3 1 3 12 1 1,807,3341 1 70.26 2
2010 18 17 2 1 4 14 1 1,783,127 2 70.25 5
2011 18 18 0 2 0 7 2 720,735 15 70.81 4
2012 18 18 2 0 3 8 1 1,234,597 7 70.31 1
2013 20 19 1 0 0 5 1 602,875 22 70.66 9
2014 2 2 0 0 0 0 T16 0 n/a 72.00 n/a

1 Shin's $24,349 earnings at the 2009 Honda LPGA Thailand were considered unofficial under LPGA rules and are not included in this total.
* Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.

  • official through 10 June 2014[9]

World ranking[edit]

Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.

Year Ranking
2006 33[10]
2007 7[11]
2008 6[12]
2009 2[13]
2010 1[14]
2011 7[15]
2012 8[16]
2013 16[17]

Team appearances[edit]

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martin, Blake (4 February 2008). "Webb trumps Korean star". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "South Korea's Shin wins Mizuno Classic in Japan". The New York Times. 9 November 2008. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "South Korea's Shin triumphs at Wegmans LPGA event". AFP. 28 June 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2009. 
  4. ^ Shin gains No. 1 world ranking
  5. ^ "Shin back to No. 1 in women's golf ranking". United Press International. 26 July 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Jiyai Shin enters Hall of Fame (article in Korean)
  7. ^ Martin, Blake (31 January 2008). "Korean teenager to give Webb a run for the money at the Open". The Age. Australia. Retrieved 9 February 2008. 
  8. ^ "Transcript: Interview with Jiyai Shin". Signon San Diego. 23 March 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Jiyai Shin stats". LPGA. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 26 December 2006
  11. ^ Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 25 December 2007
  12. ^ Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 30 December 2008
  13. ^ Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 29 December 2009
  14. ^ Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 28 December 2010
  15. ^ Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 27 December 2011
  16. ^ Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 31 December 2012
  17. ^ Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 30 December 2013

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Lorena Ochoa
World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
3 May 2010 – 20 June 2010
Succeeded by
Ai Miyazato
Preceded by
Ai Miyazato
World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
26 July 2010 – 15 August 2010
Succeeded by
Cristie Kerr
Preceded by
Cristie Kerr
World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
1 November 2010 – 13 February 2011
Succeeded by
Yani Tseng