Jiyai Shin claimed her first JLPGA title of 2017 at the Nitori Ladies Open, earlier today, but it didn’t come easy.
Starting the day with a ‘comfortable’ five shot lead, it seemed destined to be a Sunday stroll for Shin; it was anything but.
By the 12th hole, Ji Hee Lee had caught up to a nervy Shin, who had four bogeys and just one birdie on her card. Lee didn’t last too long at the top and four bogeys in her final six holes ended her challenge.
Babe Liu was next to pull up alongside Shin, but Liu’s bogey on the 16th handed the initiative back to Shin, who was on a run of pars until the final hole.
Shin sunk a massive 50 foot plus birdie putt on the 18th that secured her a two shot victory. Not a bad way to wrap up a very challenging journey to the title.
It was her 16th JLPGA victory and arguably the most satisfying, as she fought back on a difficult final day to eventually prevail. Her nickname “The Final Round Queen” was justified today.
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