• Women's British Open

Shin romps home at Hoylake

ESPN staff
September 16, 2012
Jiyai Shin was utterly dominant at Hoylake © PA Photos

South Korea's Jiyai Shin claimed her second major title after completing an utter domination of the Women's British Open on Sunday.

Shin, who burst onto the scene with a victory in the same tournament at Sunningdale back in 2008, was the only player to finish under-par for the weather-affected tournament, as she concluded at nine-under after a final round 73.

Shin's eventual nine-shot victory ensured Asian nations completed a clean sweep of all the majors in women's golf for the first time in history.

With 36 holes played on Sunday after weather washed out any chance of play on Friday, Shin would have been in for a tense day were it not for the sizeable lead she had built prior to the final day.

In the end the final 18 holes were a procession, especially after her only real challenger, Australian former world No. 1 Karrie Webb, faded badly in the gruelling conditions at Royal Liverpool.

In the end it was another South Korean, Inbee Park who finished second, creeping back to level-par for the tournament thanks to a 40-foot birdie putt at the last that slipped in. That bumped American Paula Creamer down to third, after she had produced the best final round of the leaders - a level par 72 to finish one-over for the tournament.

Despite a final round 82, Webb finished inside the top ten at three-over overall.

Scotland's Catriona Matthew was the best European finisher at seven-over, one shot ahead of Michelle Wie and Cristie Kerr.

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