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Shin takes Women's British Open

Aug. 3, 2008 at 2:37 PM   |   Comments

SUNNINGDALE, England, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- South Korea's Ji-Yai Shin shot a closing 6-under-par 66 Sunday to win the Women's British Open in Sunningdale, England, by three strokes.

Her 72-hole total was 18-under 270 and while mastering the Sunningdale Golf Club course, the 20-year-old Shin recorded the first major championship crown in her brief professional career.

Yani Tseng (66) of Taiwan finished 15-under 273 and was the runner-up.

Overnight leader Yuri Fudoh (71) of Japan finished in a tie for tied for third place at 14-under 274 with Korea's Eun-Hee Ji (67).

Defending champion Lorena Ochoa (69) shared seventh with Momoko Ueda (69) at 11-under 277 and retiring Annika Sorenstam (68) closed her final major championship appearance with a birdie at the last hole to make her total 6-under 282, good for a tie for 24th with nine others.

"I just wish the birdie putt at the last had been for the championship," Sorenstam said.

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