I love to watch golf and today on the Golf Channel, I was especially excited about the final round of LPGA Golf. I was rooting for golf phenom Morgan Pressel, but let's face it, Jiyai Shin really pulled it off. South Korea's Shin claimed a one stroke victory at the Evian Masters, edging out the third round leader Morgan Pressel with a birdie on the closing hole.
The World No.4 returned a sizzling final round of 67 to finish at 14 under for the tournament. The 22-year-old is the first South Korean winner of the Evian Masters and will take home a first prize of $487,500.
Shin held the No. 1 world ranking for seven weeks after Lorena Ochoa’s retirement earlier this season and might still be there if not for an emergency appendectomy just a month and a half ago.
Shin showed why she is known as the final round queen as she birdied the fourth, fifth and eighth holes on the front nine for an outward total of 33.
She tied for the lead with Pressel after another birdie at the 13th before closing the deal by sinking an eight foot putt that was never in doubt at the par-five 18th for an inward total of 34.
Pressel had a slightly shorter, downhill putt, which slipped agonisingly past the hole and the American finished in a share of second with South Korean Na Yeon Choi and the 15-year-old American Alexis Thompson on 13 under, with Norway’s Suzann Pettersen in fifth on 12 under-par.
Pettersen was out in 31 after five birdies on the front nine at the first, fourth, seventh, eighth and ninth holes and came home in 35 after picking up her sixth shot at the par-four 16th.
She missed birdie chances on holes 17 and 18, where her 20 foot downhill putt slipped out of the hole and she collapsed to her knees, saying afterwards: “It was close. It looked like it was going in and it just sneaked out. I got a great start. I hit a lot of good putts on the back nine. I had one birdie and all I tried to do was hit aggressive putts and not leave them short. All I can do is give it a try.”
- Posted By O. Cavanaugh