Know Your Asians: Jiyai Shin (G-Yey Shin)
By Stephanie Wei under General

There’s an influx of Asians on the LPGA. And they’re really good. In fact, they win a lot. But many fans find it difficult to keep track of who is who because, you know, all Asians look alike and their names sound the same. So, let’s get to know them better.

  • Born and raised in South Korea, she’s just 21 years old
  • During her amazing breakout year in 2007, she won 10 KLPGA events
  • She has a whopping 29 total professional wins: 20 on the KLPGA, 1 on the JLPGA, 2 on the Ladies Asian Golf Tour and 6 on the LPGA
  • In 2008 she became the first non-LPGA member to win 3 tournaments, including the Women’s British Open, which earned her status as a full time member of the LPGA
  • She is currently first on the money list and the front runner for both Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, making an impressive 19 cuts in 20 starts and winning 3 times on the LPGA
  • Nicknames: “Little Angel,” “Smiling Angel,” “Cinderella of the Field,” “Final Round Queen” and, for some reason, “Big Mama”
  • She speaks decent English and does her press conferences interpreter-free
  • She likes to shop at Banana Republic and enjoys cooking

Asian-ness Scale (1-10, 1: Michelle Wie, totally Americanized; 5: Se Ri Pak, somewhat assimilated; 10: Eun-Hee Ji, 한국말): Jiyai = 7

[Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images]