SOUTH KOREA’S Jiyai Shin mastered brutal conditions at Royal Liverpool Golf Course to win the 2012 Ricoh Women’s British Open by an incredible nine strokes.
It was the 24-year-old former world number one’s second Open title in five years.
Conditions couldn’t have been much harder for competitors with the second round cancelled due to very strong winds and 36 holes played on the final day.
Shin shot a final round 73 in still blustery, wet conditions to finish the tournament on 9-under. Next best was fellow countrywoman Inbee Park (76), with America’s Paula Creamer (72) third on 1-over.
Australia’s Karrie Webb finished tied for 5th on 3-over after a blow-out 82 in the final round. She started the day just three strokes behind the winner.
Shin said the conditions were the toughest she had ever played in.
“The weather was really tough but I just kept focused on each single shot. After I made the winner’s putt it felt like, oh my God, I was so excited,” she said.
The victory came just seven days after winning the Kingsmill Championship in Virginia in a nine-hole play-off with Creamer. Shin had two months out from the game earlier this year after surgery to remove a broken bone in her left hand.2012 Women’s British Open Final Results