Jiyai Shin wins Wegmans for fifth title in 11 months

By Associated PressJune 28, 2009, 4:00 pm
ROCHESTER, N.Y. ' South Koreas Jiyai Shin picked up her fifth title in 11 months with a seven-stroke victory at the Wegmans LPGA on Sunday.
 
The 21-year-old star from Seoul shot a 1-under 71 to finish in a downpour at 17-under 271. Kristy McPherson and Yani Tseng each shot a 66, the days best score, to surge into a second-place tie at 10 under. One behind were Japans Mika Miyazato (71) and rookies Haeji Kang (71) of South Korea and Stacy Lewis (74), the former NCAA champion from Arkansas.
 
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Jiyai Shin hoists her latest LPGA prize. (Getty Images)
First-round leader Sandra Gal (74) of Germany bogeyed the last hole to drop into a four-way tie for seventh place at 8 under with Cristie Kerr (69), Meaghan Francella (70) and Sun Young Yoo (73).
 
I have a lot of tournaments left to play this year and maybe I try more wins, Shin said. Still, my goal is rookie of the year.
 
Shin dedicated her victory again to her mother, who was killed in an auto accident in 2004. I have my mothers picture in my course book, she said.
 
Shin carried a four-stroke lead into the final round at the tricky Locust Hill course. She never looked in danger of being caught, even when she picked up two straight bogeys near the close as heavy rain produced a flurry of errors. She earned $300,000, vaulting her to the top of the money list above Kerr, In-Kyung Kim and Lorena Ochoa with $1 million.
 
The $2 million tournament drew 18 of the seasons top 20 money winners. Ochoa, the worlds top-ranked player, and Suzann Pettersen, the runner-up here last June, were among the absentees.
 
A multiple winner on the Korean tour, Shin became the first non-LPGA member to win three events when she reeled in the Womens British Open last August. She followed with late-season wins in the Mizuno Classic and ADT Championship and, in March, captured the HSBC Womens Champions in Singapore for her first victory as a tour member.
 
Shin rolled in an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 1, saved par from 20 feet on No. 6 but picked up her first of three bogeys on the next hole when her 7-foot putt curled left at the cup. She made amends from the same distance for a birdie on the par-5 No. 8.
 
Morgan Pressel closed the gap to four strokes with an 8-foot birdie putt before the turn, but Shins lead swelled to six when she birdied No. 10.
 
Shin birdied from 9 feet on No. 17 to seal the biggest margin of victory here since Patty Sheehan beat Nancy Lopez by nine strokes in 1992.
 
Lewis, who tied for third at the U.S. Womens Open last summer, reached 13 under at No. 13 but slumped with four bogeys on the last six holes.
 
Tiger Woods niece, Cheyenne Woods, made her professional golf debut but missed the cut by four strokes. Play was delayed for three hours on Thursday and nearly five hours Friday. After a sunny interlude Saturday, rain fell steadily over the last three hours of play.
 
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    Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

    By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

    One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

    Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

    "I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

    Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

    "I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

    Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

    "Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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    Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

    The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

    “I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


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    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


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