PITTSFORD, N.Y., Jiyai Shin is the champion once again, this time at the 33rd Wegmans LPGA event at Locust Hill Country Club. The 2009 LPGA Tour rookie turned in a 1-under-par 71 score in the final round, which was enough to take the win with an overall mark of 17-under-par 271 (65-68-67-71), seven strokes ahead of Kristy McPherson (67-69-76-66=278) and Yani Tseng (73-69-70-66=278), who both finished at 10-under-par. The seven-stroke margin of victory is the largest of the year.
"I am happy. The first hole, I made a birdie," said Shin. "That birdie changed my feeling, confidence, so I enjoyed it. Today was a good day, a lot of rain. I think rain helped me because it gave me chance, but yes, I think it was good for me."
In a week that was plagued by rainy skies and inclement weather delays, Shin stayed tough and determined throughout, which turned out to be enough for her second official victory of her rookie year, and a nice $300,000 first-place paycheck. The payout also pushes Shin across the $1 million mark in career earnings, and she takes over the top spot on Official Money List as well. If you ask Shin what she thinks about taking over first place on the money list, or what her goals are for this year, she has her answer down pat.
photos Janos Schmidt