Shin ends Kerr’s brief reign

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Lee Westwood wasn’t the only new World No 1 to come out of Monday’s weekly update. There was another – Jiyai Shin.

Lee Westwood wasn’t the only new World No 1 to come out of Monday’s weekly update. Jiyai Shin did the same thing on the Women’s World Rankings list.

Unlike first-timer Westwood, though, this was Shin’s third time to make it to the top in this see-saw season for women’s professional golf.

The bespectacled little South Korean first established herself as the World No 1 on the day following Lorena Ochoa’s retirement, the Mexican having dominating women’s golf, and especially the LPGA Tour, for at least three years.

Shin has since subsequently won and lost the number one slot twice and this will the 11th week she has had it in her possession..

On this occasion Shin ousted American Cristie Kerr who only a week ago took the title from Japan’s Ai Miyazato.

Shin did it on the strength of her 4th place finish on Sunday in the LPGA Tour’s Hana Bank Championship in Korea. Kerr tied for 12th place at the same event and has dropped back into the No 2 spot on the rankings.

The top 20 on the latest Rolex Women’s Official World Rankings are

1 Jiyai Shin (Kor) 10.86
2 Cristie Kerr (USA) 10.64
3 Suzann Pettersen (Nor) 10.52
4 Ai Miyazato (Jpn) 10.50
5 Na Yeon Choi (Kor) 10.38
6 Yani Tseng (Tai) 10.14
7 Michelle Wie (USA) 7.92
8 Song-Hee Kim (Kor) 7.67
9 Paula Creamer (USA) 7.35
10 In-Kyung Kim (Kor) 7.22
11 Sun Ju Ahn (Kor) 7.15
12 Inbee Park (Kor) 6.36
13 Anna Nordqvist (Swe) 5.89
14 Sakura Yokomine (Jpn) 5.75
15 Karrie Webb (Aus) 5.68
16 Morgan Pressel (USA) 5.30
17 Mi-Jeong Jeon (Jpn) 5.18
18 Angela Stanford (USA) 4.99
19 Chie Arimura (Jpn) 4.93
20 Katherine Hull (Aus) 4.91

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