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South Korea’s Jiyai Shin birdied the final hole to claim a one-shot victory at the Evian Masters in Evian-les-Bains, France.

South Korea’s Jiyai Shin birdied the final hole to claim a one-shot victory at the Evian Masters in Evian-les-Bains, France.
The world number four returned a sizzling final round of 67 in blazing sunshine to finish at 14 under for the tournament to secure her seventh LPGA victory and her 30th overall.
The 22-year-old, who held the number one ranking for seven weeks after Lorena Ochoa’s retirement earlier this season and might still be there if not for an emergency appendectomy just six weeks ago, became the first South Korean winner of the event.
She is likely to regain the top spot on the Rolex Rankings when they are released tomorrow morning after coming from two strokes behind to overcome third-round leader Morgan Pressel of the United States.
The American struck a 70 today to finish in a share of second with 15-year-old compatriot Alexis Thompson (67) and South Korean Na Yeon Choi (66) on 13 under.
Norway’s Suzann Pettersen (67) was the top European after her final round of 66 saw her finish on 12 under.
England’s Melissa Reid, who shared a three-way tie for the lead after an opening 66 but slid back on the second day with a 77, completed the tournament with rounds of 71 and 69 and ended in a tie for 19th.
She said: “I consider this the fifth major because it’s the strongest field we play all year.
“It’s the strongest field in the world and it’s good to see what I can play against and shows a few things that I need to work on.
“It also shows that I’m not too far off either. I’ve left a lot of shots out there and you take away that 77 and put a 72 in there and I’m right up there with the leaders, so I definitely feel everything is moving in the right direction, which I’m pleased with and a top 20 in a field like this is pretty good.”

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