Shin wins Classic as Minjee Lee stumbles

From ESPN - February 11, 2018

CANBERRA -- South Korean star Jiyai Shin has stormed home to win the Canberra Classic by six shots as Australian No.1 Minjee Lee stumbled in the final round.

The former world No. 1 carded an eight-under-par closing round of 64 to win at 19-under 197 on Sunday, continuing her love affair with Royal Canberra after winning the Australian Open at the course in 2013.

It was Shin's 50th professional career win and she declared herself a certain starter for the Women's Australian Open, starting on Thursday.

"I am so excited I ca not tell you. Royal Canberra is my favourite golf course in the world," Shin said.

"This morning when I came to the driving range I felt pretty good and I was hitting it well ... I love Australia so to get my 50th win in Australia gives it more meaning."

Seeking back-to-back victories after triumphing at the Vic Open last weekend, Lee entered the last day with a three-shot lead thanks to a career-best nine-under 63 on Saturday.

But four bogeys on holes four to nine proved costly as the world No. 17 slid to a 73 and she held on to outright second place by just one shot from Dutchwoman Anne van Dam, who carded a 68.


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