Shin edged out
In the final round of play at the LPGA Tour Championship at the Houstonian Golf and Country Club in Richmond, Texas, Anna Nordqvist of Sweden took the season-ending tourney and Lorena Ochoa of Mexico finished strong by placing second overall. In the process she staked her claim for a fourth consecutive Player of the Year title.
“I tried my best. I still achieved my season goal [of winning the Rookie of the Year title] so it’s okay,” Shin said after the tournament.
Shin improved to second overall with a strong showing in the second round and looked to be in good shape to become the first female golfer since Nancy Lopez in 1978 to top the money list, and win Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year titles. The 21-year-old, who won the top rookie honor earlier this month, finished eighth overall in the LPGA Championship.
Shin hit a six-under par with 210 while Ochoa finished with an 11 under-par 205 to end the season with 160 points to Shin’s 159 points to take the Player of the Year title.
Ochoa had 148 points coming into the final event of the season, trailing Shin, who had 156 points. Shin managed to add three points to her total, but Ochoa added 12 points.
By Jason Kim [firstname.lastname@example.org]