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South Korea's Shin wins Mizuno Classic

South Korea's Shin wins Mizuno Classic

Women's British Open champion Shin Ji-yai of South Korea shot a 5-under 67 on Sunday to win the LPGA's Mizuno Open by six strokes.
Shin, who started the final round with a two-stroke lead, carded four birdies and an eagle against a lone bogey at the Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club course to finish with a total of at 15-under 201.
Japan's Mayu Hattori, coming off a victory last week in the Japan LPGA's IDC Otsuka Ladies, was second at 9-under 207 after a final round 71 while South Korea's Lim Eun-A shot a 70 to finish third at 8-under 208.
Shin was 4 under on the front nine to move four strokes ahead of Hattori and compatriot Lee Jee-young. The winner birdied Nos. 2 and 3 and eagled the par-5 seventh. Lee birdied the 10th to cut Shin's lead to three, but dropped back with a double bogey on the par-3 11th.
"I was very nervous on the first tee," said Shin. "But I made birdies on the second and third holes and got more comfortable and confident."
Shin, a three-time winner in six Korea LPGA Tour starts this year, earned $210,000 (euro 164,000) in the event sanctioned by the LPGA Tour and the Japan LPGA.
The 20-year-old South Korean star birdied the par-5 13th and had a six-stroke lead with four to play.
Her only bogey of the day came on the par-4 15th when her approach shot landed on the edge of the green and she three-putted.
She got a stroke back with a birdie on the par-5 16th and closed with two pars.
"Yesterday and today I was really good with my iron shots," said Shin. "Almost the best this year, it feels like I can make everything."
Defending champion Momoko Ueda, the first Japanese player to win the event in nine years, shot an even par 72 to finish tied for 35th.
Lee, who shot even par 72, finished tied for fourth with Chung Il-mi (69) and Wei Yun-jye (70) at 7-under as South Korean players took five of the first six spots.