On February 9 to 11 at Yarralumla, Australia – Shin Jiyai shut the competitor from winning by shot 64 on the final at Royal Canberra Golf Club.
‘The 29-year-old from South Korea, who was known as the ‘final-round Queen’ when she held the world number one spot from 2010-2011, opened with rounds of 65 and 68, followed by an eight-under-par 64 when it most mattered, highlighted by an eagle at the 15th, seven birdies and one bogey, to end on a three-round total of 19-under-par.
She had previously won the 2013 Women’s Australian Open at Royal Canberra and said: “I’m so excited I can’t tell you. Royal Canberra is my favourite golf course in the world.
“I have great memories from that final round battle with Lydia Ko and now this time with Minjee Lee: two great young ladies. I also learned from them. Royal Canberra is very nice to play. People came out to watch and the last few days we had beautiful weather, so I really enjoyed it.”
In her prize giving speech, Shin delighted the galleries by telling them that she was hitting the ball longer than ever because of the protein in the local Aussie meat pies.’
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras and Ploychompoo Wirairungrueng made into cut. Thanapolboonyaras came first by tied at fifteenth with three under-par 213 (69-70-74).