Counting down the LPGA's top 12 stories in 2012: No. 10

Jiyai Shin
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Jiyai Shin of Korea reacts to holing a birdie putt on the 15th green during the final round of the Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England. counts down to the end of 2012 with the LPGA Tour's 12  top stories of the year. Join us as we look back at the year's most memorable milestones. Read about Jiyai Shin and her back-to-back wins in Story No. 10.

Jiyai Shin and her back-to-back wins

It was easily the longest two weeks of the season for those who competed in the Kingsmill Championship and the RICOH Women’s British Open. But for Jiyai Shin, it was a chance to etch her name in the record books.

It took nine playoff holes and an extra day for Shin to outlast Paula Creamer for the Kingsmill Championship title. The two were sent into extra holes after Creamer missed a par opportunity to seal the win on Sunday. The two went par-for-par playing the 18th hole eight times following their round, but darkness fell forcing the playoff into a second day. On Monday morning they met on the 16th tee box and after similar approach shots Creamer three-putted to take a bogey for the hole, giving Shin an easy putt for par to seal the win.

Following a late arrival in the United Kingdom, players fought through inclement weather conditions all weekend with the second round being postponed until Saturday due to extreme wind and rain. But a tiring and windy 36-hole round on Sunday didn’t stop Shin from maintaining a strong lead over the 144 player field. With a 10-shot lead entering the final hole of play, Shin was able to truly enjoy a picturesque finish. The sun finally broke through the clouds for the first time all week as the 24-year-old walked up the 18th fairway en route to completing her 10th LPGA Tour victory.

Shin became the first player in LPGA Tour history to win the RICOH Women’s British Open after having won the previous week. Her nine-shot victory is also the largest in RICOH Women’s British Open history, dating back to when it became a major in 2001. Winning the final major of the season, Shin joined fellow Asian players Sun Young Yoo who captured the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Na Yeon Choi who won the U.S. Women’s Open and Shanshan Feng who became the first Chinese player to win on the LPGA and the Wegmans LPGA Championship. It was the first time in the LPGA’s history that all four major titles in a season were won by Asian-born players.

“It’s a great way to finish,” she said. “I have to continue moving forward with everything that I’m doing, because I feel really good about where I’m at. It’s just a couple things here and there.”

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