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Jiyai Shin a class above at Royal Canberra

Shin a class above at Royal Canberra (Photo: Ladies European Tour )
Jiyai Shin has once again displayed just what an underrated player she is with a resounding six shot victory over Australia’s leading world ranked player, Minjee Lee, to win the ActewAGL Canberra Classic in a canter.

Playing in Japan these days in order to enjoy being closer to her home base in Seoul, Shin escapes the attention afforded to many players with less credentials but  this week she has again shown what an exceptional player she is.

Shin, a former world number one and Women’s Australian Open winner, began the final round three shots behind the leading world ranked player in the field, Lee, but by the 5th hole of today’s final round she had drawn level and by the time she had reached the 9th tee she stood three shots clear.

An eagle at the par five 15th put paid to any remote hope Lee may have had and she sealed her emphatic win with a birdie at the last to be six clear of Lee and seven clear of Anne Van Dam of the Netherlands.

“I’m so excited I can’t tell you,” said Shin. “Royal Canberra is my favourite golf course in the world.

“I have great memories from that final round battle (in 2013) with Lydia Ko and now this time with Minjee Lee: two great young ladies. I also learned from them. Royal Canberra is very nice to play. People came out to watch and the last few days we had beautiful weather, so I really enjoyed it.”

Rebecca Artis and Sarah Kemp overcame slow starts to the event to finish in a share of 12th as the next best of the Australians.

The world of women's professional golf now moves to Adelaide in South Australia for this week’s Women’s Australian Open at the Kooyonga Golf Club where both Shin and Lee must be considered good chances of winning after Lee's win in Victoria a week ago and now this win by Shin. 

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