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5'1"...Started playing golf at the age of 11...Credits her father Jeseop Shin and her coach Hyunjee Chun (a LPGA T&CP Class A member) as the individuals most influencing her career...Hobbies include listening to music, watching movies and reading...Qualified for the Tour after winning the 2008 RICOH Women's British Open and was granted Priority List Category 7 for the 2009 LPGA season...Affiliated with the Presbyterian General Assembly Theological Seminary by offering a scholarship and made a donation to support the teen head of household.
2012 in a Nutshell
- 18 events, 18 cuts made, $1,234,597 (7)
- Eight top-10 finishes; five top-5 finishes including two wins (Kingsmill Championship & RICOH Women’s British Open
- Crossed the $5 million mark in career earnings with her win at the Kingsmill Championship where she defeated Paula Creamer in a nine-hole, two-day playoff
- Won her second-career major championship at the RICOH Women’s British Open with the tournament’s largest margin of victory (nine strokes) and crossed the $1 million mark in season earnings
- Ranked first in Rounds Under Par (47), third in Driving Accuracy (83 percent) and third in scoring average (70.31)
In 2011, recorded five top-1o finishes including second place at the Kia Classic; tied for second at the ShopRite LPGA Classic; tied for sixth at the CN Canadian Women's Open; tied for eighth at the LPGA State Farm Classic; tied for 10th at the US Women's Open, where she crossed the $4 million mark in career earnings.
In 2010, took over as Rolex Rankings No. 1 on May 3rd following the retirement of Lorena Ochoa; spent 16 weeks of the season at No. 1 and became just the third player (Annika Sorenstam, Ochoa) to end a season as Rolex Rankings No. 1; led the Tour in driving accuracy (77.2%) and top-10 finish percentage (14/18, 77.8%); recorded her seventh- and eighth-career LPGA victories at the Evian Masters Presented by Societe Generale and the Mizuno Classic; tied for second at the CN Canadian Women's Open; finished third at the Sybase Match Play Championship; tied for third at the Kia Classic Presented by J Golf, the HSBC Women's Champions, LPGA Championship Presented by Wegmans and U.S. Women's Open; tied for fourth at the LPGA Hana Bank Championship Presented by SK telecom; tied for 5th place at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the P&G NW Arkansas Championship Presented by Walmart; tied for sixth for Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola and the SimeDarby LPGA Malaysia and tied for 14th at the RICOH Women's British Open; won the KLPGA Championship, her 21st victory on the KLPGA, and qualified for the KLPGA Hall of Fame; also won the Cyber Agent Ladies on the JLPGA.
In 2009, earned Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year honors, mathematically eliminating the rest of the 2009 LPGA rookie class with three events remaining on the schedule; became the first South Korean to top the season-ending money list; became the season's first Rolex First-Time Winner with an eight-stroke, come-from-behind victory, the largest of the 2009 LPGA Tour season, at the HSBC Women's Champions, which was also her first official victory as an LPGA member; also won the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff, and the Wegmans LPGA, where she crossed the $1 million mark in season and career earnings and earned the largest margin of victory on the 2009 LPGA Tour - seven strokes; carded a career-low 63 in the final round of the CN Canadian Women's Open, where she tied for 10th; won the Masters GC Ladies on the LPGA of Japan (JLPGA).
In 2008, became the first non-LPGA member to win three events: the RICOH Women's British Open; Mizuno Classic; and the season-ending ADT Championship, where she crossed the $1 million mark in season earnings; carded three additional top- 10 finishes in 10 official events; became the first player in Korea LPGA (KLPGA) history to complete the season Grand Slam, earning a 10-year exemption on the KLPGA; recorded seven KLPGA victories in 15 starts and seven additional top-eight finishes; won the PRGR Ladies Cup on the LPGA of Japan (JLPGA).
In 2007, as a non-member, recorded three top-six finishes on the LPGA in eight starts, including a tie for third at the Evian Masters; recorded 16 top-five finishes in 18 starts on the KLPGA, including nine victories; after 33 career KLPGA events, broke the KLPGA career money record set by Il Mi Chung (99 events); also won the Thailand Ladies Open on the Ladies Asian Golf Tour (LAGT).
In 2006, competed on the KLPGA, earning Rookie and Player of the Year awards on the strength of three victories; was the first player in KLPGA history to record a sub-70 scoring average (69.72) and led the money list; also won once the LAGT.
In 2005, won once as an amateur on the KLPGA, then turned professional at the end of the year.
Shin's amateur career included victories at the 2005 KLPGA SK Invitational, the Korea Women's Amateur Championship, Songam Amateur Championship, Korea Junior Championship and Korea Junior Championship as a member of the Korean National Team.