Shin vaults back to No 1 with Evian victory


Sizzling, riveting finish at the Evian Masters Sunday in France.

With four players tied at 13 under, Jiyai Shin rolled in an 8 ½ foot putt for birdie at the 18th hole to win.

She didn’t just win the LPGA's 'fifth major.' She won back the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, leaping up from No. 4.

Morgan Pressel, playing beside Shin, had a chance to tie and force a playoff at the 18th but clipped the left side of the cup and missed her 8-foot birdie chance.

The entire back nine was dramatic with 15-year-old Alexis Thompson rolling in a 12-foot birdie putt at the final hole to get into that four-way tie for the lead about 20 minutes before Shin made the winning putt. Na Yeon Choi birdied four of the last five holes to force her way into that four-way tie.

“I can’t believe it,” Shin said after. “The last couple holes, I was really, really nervous. I just kept thinking about winning.”

Shin, who closed with a 5-under-par 67, claimed her first victory this year, her seventh LPGA title in the last three seasons.

Shin showed why she’s called the “Final Round Queen,” posting the only bogey-free round of the last five twosomes off in the final round.