Volvik Ladies Masters field shaping up

Reigning RICOH Women's British Open champion Jiyai Shin will tee it up at the 2013 Volvik RACV Ladies Masters being played from 1 to 3 February at the RACV Royal Pines Resort.

The event has been reduced to 54 holes for the first time in 2013 and prize-money reduced significantly to $A250,000 but with the opening event of the 2013 LPGA Tour season, the Australian Women's Open, being held just two weeks later in Canberra, several leading players will be in Australia to prepare for their season.

The Rolex Ranked World No. 8, Shin, is a great addition to the high calibre field that has been assembled for the 24th staging of the event. The South Korean superstar will be joined by the likes of seven-time Masters champion, Karrie Webb, defending champion Christel Boeljon, World No. 7 and compatriot So Yeon Ryu and 2012 Ladies European Tour Order of Merit winner Spaniard Carlota Ciganda.

Defending ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open champion Jessica Korda and recently turned professional American Cheyenne Woods, who is the niece of Tiger Woods, will also be ones for Shin to watch out for.

Shin is coming off another fantastic year on the LPGA where she posted two victories. The first came at the Kingsmill Championship when she defeated Paula Creamer in a nine-hole, two-day playoff. She then went on to win the RICOH Women's British Open, her second major, with the tournament's largest margin of victory (9 shots).

The diminutive Shin played 18 events, made all 18 cuts and posted eight top 10 finishes, including the two wins. She finished the year seventh on the LPGA Money List with US$1,234,597.

Shin has recorded three top 10 finishes at the Ladies Masters, including a runner-up finish to Webb in 2007.

Ryu has been remarkably consistent as she played her way up the Rolex World Rankings last year. She has finished inside the top ten in 11 of her last 12 starts, two of those victories in Korea and the US. The 2011 US Women's Open Champion is sure to give another good account of herself.

Bruce Young
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