ICHIHARA, Chiba Pref. – South Korea’s Shin Ji Yai took advantage of a late meltdown by Chie Arimura to win the Cyber Agent Ladies on Sunday.
The 2009 U.S. LPGA money list and Rookie of the Year winner shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 to finish at 8-under 208, two shots ahead of Akane Iijima and Miho Koga, at Tsurumai Country Club.
Arimura squandered a two-shot lead with a double bogey on the par-4 14th hole and bogeyed the 16th and 17th, while Shin turned up the heat with birdies at Nos. 13, 14 and 17.
“The birdies on 3 and 4 made me think I could win this tournament,” Shin said. “I couldn’t get a win earlier this year despite putting myself in contention many times (both on the Japanese and U.S. tours), so I was frustrated.”
With Lorena Ochoa retiring after the ongoing Tres Marias Championship in Mexico, Shin is expected to be ranked first in the world sometime soon.
“It means a lot to become the first Asian player to be the world’s No. 1,” Shin said. “But I’m sure I will face enormous pressure and concerns because of that status.”
Iijima carded a 68 and Koga a 70. South Korean Jeon Mi Jeong finished fourth at 5 under after a 72.