Jenny Shin, a 23-year-old native of South Korea who grew up in Los Angeles, captured her first LPGA victory by shooting a bogey-free, final-round 67 in Irving, Texas, to finish 14-under and win the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout by two strokes at Las Colinas Country Club.
It wasn’t quite as painful as watching Jordan Spieth at The Masters, but seeing Gerina Piller fall short again was no less heartbreaking. For three rounds, Piller displayed the kind of ballstriking that would have made Ben Hogan smile. From the 13th hole on Thursday through the end of play on Saturday, Piller hit 41 consecutive greens in regulation.
She entered the final round with a two-shot lead over Amy Yang and M.J. Hur. But her nerves ran rampant on Sunday. Piller bogeyed her first hole after her approach bounded over the green. She missed another green and made bogey at 8 and had an ugly three-putt bogey at 9. After hitting another nervy shot at the 10th, Piller chipped in for birdie but gave it back when she missed the green on No. 12 from 110 yards and failed to get up and down. After flaring her tee shot at No. 15 and missing the green left, Piller missed a 7-footer for par. It was her fifth bogey of the day and dropped her three back, out of striking distance.
Piller shot 73 and finished tied for second, her third top-10 finish in a month. She is still in search of her first career victory.
How it Happened:
Shin, who started the day four shots behind Piller…..READ FULL ARTICLE