On Other Tours: Jiyai Shin wins the 2013 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

IN THE WINNER'S CIRCLE WITH JIYAI SHIN

Hometown/Birthplace – South Korea
Birthdate
– April 28, 1988 – currently 24 years, 9 months, and 20 days
Qualified for LPGA Tour
– Won three events in 2008 as a non-member
Turned Professional
– January 2005

  • VICTORIES
    • LPGA: 11th career victory. Previous wins: 2008 RICOH Women's British Open; 2008 Mizuno Classic; 2008 ADT Championship; 2009 HSBC Women's Champions; 2009 P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons; 2010 Evian Masters Presented by Societe Generale; 2010 Mizuno Classic; 2012 Kingsmill Championship; 2012 RICOH Women’s British Open
    • 8th victory since joining the LPGA; 5th career season with at least one victory
    • International: 29th career victory worldwide
    • MONEY
      • CAREER: With the $180,000 first-place check, Jiyai moves to 31st on the LPGA Career Money List with $5,725,793
      • TOURNAMENT SPECIFIC
        • Jiyai finished 18th last year in 2012; the first year the event was designated an official LPGA Tour event
        • Previous best finishes were a runner up finish in 2008 and a T2 in 2011
        • Becomes the first South Korean to win the event in its 21-year history
        • 2012 RECAP
          • 18 events, 18 cuts made, $1,234,597 earned (7th)
          • Eight top-10 finishes; five top-5 finishes including two wins (Kingsmill Championship & RICOH Women’s British Open
          • Crossed the $5 million mark in career earnings with her win at the Kingsmill Championship where she defeated Paula Creamer in a nine-hole, two-day playoff
          • Won her second-career major championship at the RICOH Women’s British Open with the tournament’s largest margin of victory (nine strokes) and crossed the $1 million mark in season earnings
          • Ranked first in Rounds Under Par (47), third in Driving Accuracy (83 percent) and third in scoring average (70.31)
          OF NOTE
          • First-career victory at the LPGA Tour’s season-opening event
          • 3rd victory in last seven LPGA Tour starts (2012 Kingsmill Championship, 2012 RICOH Women’s British Open)
          • Qualifies to represent ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open at the season-ending CME Group Titleholders

          Topics: On Other Tours, LPGA Tour