Tracker: Shin holds off Ko, Tseng for Aussie title

Jiyai Shin fired a 1-under 72 to win the Australian Open by two shots over Yani Tseng.

Jiyai Shin fired a 1-under 72 to win the Australian Open by two shots over Yani Tseng.

Lydia Ko has made plenty of headlines in recent weeks, but Jiyai Shin made sure she captured the final one this weekend at the ISPS Handa Australian Open.

After opening a four-shot lead over Ko through two holes on Sunday, Jiyai Shin used an improbable chip-in for birdie at the par-4 14th hole to break a tie atop the leaderboard and win her 11th career LPGA title.

Ko, who had won three pro titles in the past 13 months, had stormed back in the middle of the round and tied Shin at 16 under with a birdie at No. 12. But a pair of bogeys over her final six holes, as well as two pedestrian pars on two par-5s left Ko with a 3-over 76 and a solo third finish.

"I had a few struggles with my drives but, I can't play good every single round," the 15-year-old said. "Third in a professional event is a pretty good result and I can't say I'm not fully pleased."

Shin needed only a 1-under 72 to claim the title, eventually clearing Yani Tseng by two shots for the title. Tseng, the World No. 1, fired a 7-under 66 and was as close as a shot on the back-nine.

"I'm really surprised," Shin said. "There are so many good players here, so I'm really happy to play well. I can't explain at the moment. I just feel excited."

Here is how it all unfolded on Sunday:

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Update #45: 1:40 a.m. EST

A two-putt par clinches the victory for Jiyai Shin, while Ko also settles for a par at the finishing par-5.

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Update #44: 1:30 a.m. EST

Both Shin and Ko split the final fairway of the day. Ko is likely now playing to try and get a share of second place, but will need an eagle to do so.

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Update #43: 1:27 a.m. EST

Playing the par-3 17th, Ko misses the green to the right and hits a nice bunker shot to about 6 feet. But she can't convert on the par putt and drops another shot to fall back to 14 under, four back of Jiyai Shin, who two-putts for a par.

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Update #42: 1:26 a.m. EST

A pair of pars for Shin and Ko at No. 16, with the latter needing more than simple pars to make up three shots.

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Update #41: 1:08 a.m. EST

A birdie for Jiyai Shin at the par-5 15th hole to move to 18 under, while Ko can only manage a par and Shin now leads by two shots over Yani Tseng.

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Update #40: 12:55 a.m. EST

Shin's lead has been cut to one after Yani Tseng picks up another birdie to get to 16 under. She is 7 under on her round.

Both Ko and Shin hit the fairway at the par-5 15th hole, with Ko's getting a big roll.

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Update #39: 12:52 a.m. EST

Shin was definitely in trouble, but somehow has the touch to chip in her incredibly difficult third shot for an improbable birdie. Meanwhile, Ko cannot convert on her par putt and is two shots back yet again.

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Update #38: 12:49 a.m. EST

Ko has to pop it out of the bunker, back in the fairway. Her third shot finds the green, but will have 20 feet to save par.

Meanwhile, Shin overcooks her approach to the left of the green and could be in some trouble.

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Update #37: 12:43 a.m. EST

Ko finds a fairway bunker on the left side at the par-4 14th hole, while Shin narrowly escapes it and finds the fairway.

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Update #36: 12:40 a.m. EST

Now at the par-3 13th, Ko plays a solid shot to about 20 feet past the hole while Shin is about 20 feet under the hole.

Shin never really gets her birdie putt on line and picks up an easy par, as does Ko. It remains tied atop the leaderboard, with Yani Tseng one shot back.

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Update #35: 12:31 a.m. EST

Shin plays a solid shot from the greenside bunker at the par-4 12th, leaving herself about 10 feet to save par. She misses it and drops to 16 under and is now tied for the lead after Lydia Ko buries a 15-footer for birdie.

Meanwhile, World No. 1 Yani Tseng moves to 15 under with a birdie at No. 15.

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Update #34: 12:25 a.m. EST

Shin opens the door for Ko after coming up short of the green with her second shot at the par-4 12th hole. And Ko takes advantage, hitting in front of the green and running it up to about 15 feet left of the hole.

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Update #33: 12:20 a.m. EST

Moving to the par-4 12th hole, both players take driver and hit the middle of the fairway, only to see the ball hit the slope and carry the ball just into the right rough. Both players should be fine for their second shots.

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Update #32: 12:17 a.m. EST

Solid two-putts from Ko and Shin to pick up pars at the par-4 11th, leaving Shin two shots in front with seven to play, including two par-5s.

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Update #31: 12:14 a.m. EST

After brilliant drives, neither player challenges the pin at the par-4 11th, with Ko about 20 feet in back of the hole and Shin about 20 feet to the left, where she'll have a tricky ridge to deal with.

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Update #30: 12:11 a.m. EST

Both players hammer their tee balls down the throat of the fairway at the par-4 11th, with each looking at a wedge into the green.

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Update #29: 12:06 a.m. EST

Ko chips from the fringe and sends it about 5 feet past, which she makes for a bogey to fall back to 15 under overall, two back of Jiyai Shin, who gets up-and-down from the fringe for par.

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Update #28: 12:02 a.m. EST

Lydia Ko's third shot is not spectacular, putting just off the back of the green and she'll putt from 20 feet to save par at the par-4 10th.

Meanwhile, Yani Tseng has moved to 14 under with a birdie at No. 13 and is 5 under on her round.

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Update #27: 12:00 a.m. EST

Playing the par-4 10th hole, Shin splits the fairway while Ko overcooks her drive and is in the trees to the left.

Shin's second shot hits the green but continues to run and finds the rough at the back. Ko has to punch out and gets back near the fairway for her third shot.

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Update #26: 11:51 p.m. EST

Shin's birdie attempt at the par-4 9th hole stays left and settles about 4 feet from the cup. She makes it for an even-par front.

Ko's birdie putt burns the right edge, again thinking she had the right line. She'll make the turn one shot back of Shin after trailing by four shots with a double-bogey/bogey start to her round.

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Update #25: 11:45 p.m. EST

Ko gets a bit lucky on her second shot at the par-4 9th, with the ball making its way through greenside rough and trickling onto the green, about 20 feet under the hole. Shin also hits the green, but her ball runs out to about 35 feet above the hole.

Meanwhile, rookie Moriya Jutanugarn birdies No. 10 to move to 13 under, currently T-3 with World No. 1 Yani Tseng.

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Update #24: 11:39 p.m. EST

Using less-than-driver, Ko smacks her tee ball up the right side of the fairway at the par-4 9th hole. Shin goes with driver and hammers it up the left side of the fairway.

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Update #23: 11:36 p.m. EST

Ko seems to find the right line on her birdie putt at the par-3 8th, but the ball changes its mind about 3 feet from the hole and she settles for a two-putt par.

But Shin can't take advantage, simply pulling her putt past on the left of the hole and stays one shot ahead.

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Update #22: 11:31 p.m. EST

Moving the short par-3 8th hole, Ko hits a solid shot that settles about 15 feet to the right of the hole. Shin gets inside of Ko, leaving herself about 5 feet for a birdie.

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Update #21: 11:25 p.m. EST

Shin nearly holes yet another chip, leaving it about 3 inches to the left of the cup and taps in for a par at the par-4 7th hole.

But Shin's lead remains one after Ko doesn't hit her birdie attempt hard enough and settles for a par.

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Update #20: 11:22 p.m. EST

The final group moves to the short par-4 7th hole and both players hit the fairway, with Shin putting herself in a bit better position and actually outdriving Ko.

Ko plays a nice approach shot to about 12 feet under the hole, clearing a pair of bunkers in front of the back-right pin. Shin takes dead aim at the flag, but flies it a bit too long and finds the back rough.

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Update #19: 11:13 p.m. EST

Ko plays a great chip to about 5 feet to the left of the pin to set up a try at a third consecutive birdie. But she misses to the right and settles for a somewhat disappointing par at the par-5 6th.

Shin misses her 20-footer for birdie and settles for her second par on a par-5 in the opening six holes. Shin retains her one-shot advantage with 12 holes to play.

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Update #18: 11:07 p.m. EST

Shin does have to go out sideways with her second shot at the par-5 6th hole and hits her third from just in front of Ko's tee ball in the middle of the fairway. Shin's third shot hits the green and will have about 20 feet for a birdie. Nice recovery.

Meanwhile, Ko puts her second shot about pin-high, but left of the green and in the rough. She'll chip for eagle.

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Update #17: 11:03 p.m. EST

The momentum has definitely shifted in the final group, as Lydia Ko splits the fairway at the par-5 6th hole, while Shin pushes her drive to the right and will be blocked by a tree for her second shot, likely needing to go out sideways.

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Update #16: 10:57 p.m. EST

Lydia Ko picks up her second consecutive birdie to move back to 16 under and cuts Shin's lead to one stroke after Shin fails to get up-and-down from the bunker for the first time this week and picks up her first bogey of the day.

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Update #15: 10:53 p.m. EST

After both players hit the fairway at the par-4 5th hole, with Shin sending her approach into a greenside bunker. Meanwhile, Ko safely puts her second shot on the green.

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Update #14: 10:44 p.m. EST

Shin makes her first mistake of the day, sending her 6-foot birdie attempt on the par-5 4th hole past on the right and settles for a par. Moments later, Ko buries her 4-footer to cut Shin's lead to three shots. A bit of a smile coming off the green for the 15-year-old.

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Update #13: 10:40 p.m. EST

After a solid pitch shot by Shin to about 6 feet right of the pin at the par-5 4th hole, while Ko leaves her eagle attempt about 4 feet short, but will still put uphill.

Meanwhile, Yani Tseng eagles the par-5 6th hole to move to 13 under. She is 4 under on her round today.

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Update #12: 10:32 p.m. EST

After a lengthy wait in the fairway at the par-5 4th hole, Shin uses a fairway metal and finds the rough to the left of the green. Ko also uses fairway metal and knocks it on the green, about 60 feet under the hole.

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Update #11: 10:24 p.m. EST

Ko moves to the par-5 4th and she is going to need to start making some birdies to cut into Shin's four-shot lead.

Shin splits the fairway, while Ko does the same, with the 15-year-old blasting it about 30 yards further.

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Update #9: 10:19 p.m. EST

Shin nearly chips in, leaving it on the right lip and settles for an up-and-down par at the par-3 3rd hole. For the second consecutive hole, Ko cannot take advantage, pushing her 10-footer for birdie past the hole on the right and taps in for her first par of the day. Shin remains four shots clear of the 15-year-old amateur.

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Update #8: 10:14 p.m. EST

Ko's body language is not good right now heading to the longer par-3 3rd hole. But it doesn't seem to matter, as she hits a beautiful tee ball to about 10 feet past the hole, while Shin misses the green to the left.

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Update #7: 10:12 p.m. EST

A two-putt par for Shin at the par-4 2nd hole, but Ko can't take advantage, sending her 12-footer for birdie past on the right and leaves herself 3 feet to clean up her par, which she doesn't. A three-putt bogey for Ko and a four-shot lead for Shin.

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Update #6: 10:06 p.m. EST

Ko's nerves seemed to be going away, hitting a beautiful second shot into the green at the par-4 2nd hole and leaves herself about 12 feet for a birdie. Shin also hits the green, but will have more than 20 feet.

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Update #5: 10:01 p.m. EST

The final group moves to the short par-4 after a disastrous start for the 15-year-old. Good news for Ko? There are four par-5s remaining on the course, so there is a chance to score.

Using less-than-driver, Ko finds the fairway on the left. Shin also splits the fairway.

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Update #4: 9:58 p.m. EST

Experience is paying off early, as Shin plays her third shot to about a foot under the hole, while Ko hits her fifth shot from the fairway to about 15 feet right of the pin.

Shin taps in for an opening birdie, while Ko picks up a double-bogey to hand Shin a three-shot advantage after one hole.

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Update #3: 9:50 p.m. EST

Lydia Ko is in all sorts of trouble early, hitting her second shot into a tree and it bounds backward about 30 yards and is still in the rough. Meanwhile, Shin simply guides her second shot up the fairway.

Ko's third shot is a simple one to just get it back to the fairway. She is definitely staring at a minimum of bogey at this point.

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Update #2: 9:45 p.m. EST

A big gallery is gathered at the first tee, a par-5. Ko is wearing a checkered top with white shorts.

Ko, who hasn't seemed to be unnerved in the past, pushing her first tee ball of the day while Shin finds the fairway. Ko shows a wry smile walking away from that tee ball.

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Update #1: 9:38 p.m. EST

Royal Canberra plays at around 6,700 yards and is a par-73. There are three par-5s in the opening six holes, giving players ample opportunities to get into the red early.

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Previous coverage

Ko won her home nation (New Zealand) last week, and our Beth Ann Baldry was there to witness the hysteria around the teenage phenom. Take a look at her story from last Sunday:

BEYOND HER YEARS: Amateur Lydia Ko, 15, showed off a remarkable display of poise and precision to pick up her third career professional title, this one by a stroke at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open on Sunday. Story.

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