Shin races past Piller for first LPGA win


The LPGA crowned another first-time winner on Sunday - just not the one most expected entering the final round. Here's how things ended up at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, where Jenny Shin notched her maiden victory:

Leaderboard: Jenny Shin (-14), Gerina Piller (-12), Mi Jung Hur (-12), Amy Yang (-12), Shanshan Feng (-10)

What it means: Shin started the day four shots off the lead, but she made up ground quickly with birdies on three of her first five holes. While Piller faltered with the lead, Shin was able to close with eight straight pars for a relatively stress-free victory. She played the final 43 holes of the event without a bogey, and after turning pro in 2011 she finally has her first LPGA trophy.

Round of the day: Shin was quietly consistent all day long, making the turn in 33 before adding another birdie on No. 10. While she hit only 13 greens in regulation, Shin got up-and-down every time it was required and carded a 4-under 67 that included only 27 putts.

Best of the rest: Reigning U.S. Women's Open champ In Gee Chun matched Shin's round of 67, carding three birdies and an eagle against only one bogey. Chun was only 1 under through 54 holes, but after a stellar closing round she ended the week at 5 under and in a tie for 13th.

Biggest disappointment: Piller appeared on the verge of her own breakthrough victory, but she bogeyed her opening hole and never truly got her round on track after that. Piller had five total bogeys on the day, and while a closing birdie salvaged a share of second place and some extra cash, her title hopes were lost with a bogey on the par-4 15th. It marked the fourth straight top-6 finish for Piller, whose search for victory No. 1 extends at least another week.

Shot of the day: Mirim Lee made an ace on the par-3 fourth hole, jarring a 6-iron from 157 yards. It helped Lee to a closing 70 and a share of 10th place.

Quote of the day: "Right now I have nothing on my mind. Absolutely nothing. I think it will hit me when everything is over and I get on a plane and get home to my mom." – Shin