Shin wins British Open

Jiyai Shin avoided mistakes in miserable weather conditions Sunday to cruise to a record nine-stroke victory in the Women’s British Open at Hoylake, England.

In the 36-hole finish Sunday in the wind-delayed tournament, Shin took a three-shot lead into the final round after shooting a 1-under-par 71 in the morning. She stayed calm while strong winds and heavy showers sent scores soaring at Royal Liverpool in the afternoon, closing with a 73 to finish at 9-under 279.

‘‘It was a long, very, very tough day out there,’’ Shin said. ‘‘But I kept my focus and concentrated on every shot, and when I made the winning putt, it was great.’’


The 24-year-old South Korean won the major championship for the second time in five years and also won for the second time in seven days on the LPGA Tour. Last Monday morning in Virginia, she finished off Paula Creamer on the ninth hole of a playoff in the Kingsmill Championship.

‘‘When I won at Sunningdale, it was a totally different kind of course, but I finally think I’ve got the right tempo with my swing for links golf,’’ Shin said.

The 10-time LPGA Tour winner entered the day with a five-stroke lead after shooting a 64 — the lowest competitive round ever at Hoylake — on Saturday. She broke the record for margin of victory of five set by Karen Stupples in 2004 at Sunningdale.

‘‘My goal was 1 under par every single day. So my goal was 4 under. I think it was enough score,’’ Shin said. ‘‘So, I’m really surprised even from yesterday and then also today, I hit even par with 36 holes with this weather, so I’m really surprised and inspired by myself. Because really tough course here, so when I finished it today, I’m just like, wow, I can play good score any, any other course, I’m pretty sure of that.’’


Shin completed an Asian sweep of the four majors. South Korea’s Sun Young Yoo won the Kraft Nabisco, China’s Shanshan Feng took the LPGA Championship, and South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi won the US Women’s Open. Asian players have won nine of the last 12 majors.

South Korea’s Inbee Park was second, shooting 72-76.

Creamer shot 72-72 to finish third at 1 over.

‘‘I feel very close,’’ said Creamer, winless since 2010. ‘‘I hit the ball great.’’

Japan’s Mika Miyazato was fourth at 2 over after rounds of 72 and 77. Australia’s Karrie Webb, a three-time winner in the event, pulled within three shots with a 68 in the morning, but finished with an 82 to tie for fifth with South Korea’s Se Yeon Ryu — 12 shots back. Ryu shot 71-76.

Yani Tseng, the 2010 and 2011 winner, shot 76-79 to tie for 26th at 11 over.

European — Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano won the Italian Open at Fiano for the second time, edging Garth Mulroy by two strokes.

It was the sixth European Tour win of Fernandez-Castano’s career. The 31-year-old Spaniard’s biggest previous victory came at last year’s Singapore Open.

He hit a solid shot out of the rough following an errant tee shot and birdied the final hole of the Royal Park I Roveri course outside Turin, finishing at 24 under.

Mulroy fell behind after a bogey on the 17th.

Champions — Willie Wood took advantage of Bill Glasson’s back-nine collapse to win the inaugural Hawaii Championship at Kapolei for his second Champions Tour victory in the last three events.


Wood, 51, birdied the last two holes for a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke win over Glasson. Wood played 54 holes without a bogey, finishing at 14-under 202. Glasson closed with a 72, with five bogeys on the back.

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