HOYLAKE, England — Jiyai Shin avoided mistakes in miserable weather conditions Sunday to cruise to a record nine-stroke victory in the Women’s British Open.
In the 36-hole finish Sunday in the wind-delayed tournament, Shin took a three-shot lead into the final round after shooting 1-under 71 in the morning. She stayed calm while strong wind and heavy showers sent scores soaring at Royal Liverpool in the afternoon, closing with a 73 to finish at 9-under 279.
The 24-year-old South Korean player won the major championship for the second time in five years and also won for the second time in seven days on the LPGA Tour. Last Monday morning in Virginia, she finished off Paula Creamer on the ninth hole of a playoff in the Kingsmill Championship.
The 10-time LPGA Tour winner entered the day with a five-stroke lead after shooting 64 – the lowest competitive round ever at Hoylake – on Saturday. She broke the record for margin of victory of five set by Karen Stupples in 2004 at Sunningdale.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Kapolei, Hawaii, Willie Wood took advantage of Bill Glasson’s back-nine collapse to win the inaugural Hawaii Championship for his second Champions Tour victory in the past three events.
The 51-year-old Wood birdied the last two holes for 6-under 66 and a one-stroke victory over Glasson. Wood played 54 holes without a bogey, finishing at 14-under 202 at Kapolei Golf Course.
EUROPEAN TOUR: In Fiano, Italy, Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano won the Italian Open for the second time, closing with 8-under 64 for a two-stroke victory over South Africa’s Garth Mulroy.
Fernandez-Castano, the 2007 winner at Castello di Tolcinasco, finished at 24-under 264 at Royal Park I Roveri. He has six European Tour victories, also winning the Singapore Open this year.
WEB.COM TOUR: In Boise, Idaho, Luke Guthrie wrapped a PGA Tour card for next season, winning the Boise Open for his first Web.com Tour title.
Guthrie, the 22-year-old former Illinois player who turned professional after the NCAA tournament, closed with 6-under 65 for a four-stroke victory.
He opened with rounds of 64, 71 and 62 and finished at 22-under 262 at Hillcrest Country Club.
Guthrie earned $130,500 to jump from 22nd to fourth with $283,463, more than enough to earn a PGA Tour spot next year as a top-25 finisher.