Sep
17
2012
Jiyai Shin dominates Women’s British Open, completes “Asian Slam”
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA

Shin back on top

During a week filled with miserable — and almost comical — weather and poor management decisions, Jiyai Shin shined on her way to a record nine-shot win at Royal Liverpool Club in Hoylake, England, to capture her second Women’s British Open title. I’m not sure what’s most mind-blowing and inspiring — the margin of victory; winning the LPGA tourney in a nine-hole playoff against Paula Creamer on the other side of the Atlantic less than a week before; missing two months this summer after enduring hand surgery.

Um, all of the above?

Shin’s victory completed the “2012 Asian Grand Slam.” Fellow South Koreans, Sun Young Yoo and Na Yeon Choi, captured the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the U.S. Women’s Open, respectively, and China’s Shanshan Feng won the LPGA Championship.

This will spark some borderline racist (or simply racist because often people unintentionally make bigoted comments without realizing it) commentary about the Asian Grand Slam being “good or bad” for the LPGA.

Sorry, I’m late for an appointment, but I’ll update this post later with my some more of my thoughts. Interested in the initial reaction/discussion…TBD.

(AP Photo/Jon Super)