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Shin captures her 50th pro title

 

Jiyai Shin, a 29-year-old former Women's World No 1 from South Korea, closed with a sizzling 8-under 64 on Sunday to win the Canberra Classic in Australia by six shots from Aussie star Minjee Lee.

Shin wrapped up a week that saw her earn her 50th worldwide professional title with a three-round, 19 under total of 197.

Seeking back-to-back victories after her triumph in last week's Vic Open, Lee had teed off on Sunday with a three-shot lead after firing a career-best 9-under 63 on Saturday, but four big bad bogeys between the fourth and ninth holes, however, stopped her charge and saw her close with a  1-over 73 - 10 shots more than she posted on Saturday.

Lee did still manage to claim the outright second place, her 13 under total being one better than that of Dutch women Ann van Dam who in turn finished a shot ahead of Swede Pernilla Lindberg.

Shin, who set up her victory with a five-birdie charge on the front loop, will next play in the Women's Australian Open which begins at Adelaide's Kooyonga Golf Club on Thursday.  

She will be up against New Zealand's Lydia Ko, Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn and South Korea's So Yeon Ryu who at different times, all held the world No 1 ranking in 2017.

Of her 50 titles, Shin, a two-time major winner, won 11 of them on the US-based LPGA Tour, but in recent times she has been competing mainly on the Japan LPGA Tour so as to be closer to her family in South Korea. 

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Neville Leck

Written by neville@golfweather.com.