Shin to cap season with Mizuno Classic

Jiyai Shin during the Sime Darby LPGA.

Jiyai Shin will call it a season after this week’s Mizuno Classic. Next week is the memorial of Shin’s mother’s death, so she’ll fly back to South Korea rather than play in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. (Shin was 15 when her mother died in a car accident.) She also has decided to skip the season-ending CME Group Titleholders in Orlando, Fla.

“I will start to prepare for next year so that when I fly back to the States in 2012, I will be stronger,” said Shin, winless so far on the LPGA in 2011. She’s the defending champion this week in Japan.

At the start of the year, Shin changed coaches in an effort to gain more distance. She added 15 yards off the tee, but lost some accuracy. She has since gone back to her “old swing.” 

“Yani (Tseng) is really powerful, but my strength is to concentrate and to be consistent,” Shin said.

A back injury also slowed her down in late summer, causing Shin to withdraw from several LPGA events. In May, she canceled starts on the JLPGA because her eyes were so strained from the sun. She started wearing sunglasses.

“People say I’m better looking now,” she said, laughing.

Shin has six top-10 finishes in 17 events this year. She was runner-up at the Kia Classic and ShopRite LPGA Classic. 

“Before this year, golf was easy,” Shin said. “It was a very simple game. This year, I think I need to be smarter.”

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