|Shin held on in Sunday's late final round as conditions sent others' scores soaring. (Getty Images)|
HOYLAKE, England -- Jiyai Shin avoided mistakes in miserable weather conditions to cruise to a record nine-shot victory at the Women's British Open on Sunday.
With the last two rounds played Sunday, Shin held a three-shot lead after shooting a 1-under 71 in the morning. She then stayed calm while strong winds and heavy showers sent scores soaring at Royal Liverpool in the afternoon, closing with a 73 to finish with a 9-under total of 279.
It was her second British Open title in five years, after she won at Sunningdale in 2008.
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"It was a long, very, very tough day out there," Shin said. "But I kept my focus and concentrated on every shot, and when I made the winning putt, it was great. When I won at Sunningdale, it was a totally different kind of course, but I finally think I've got the right tempo with my swing for links golf."
The big margin of victory was in stark contrast to her win last week, when she outlasted Paula Creamer at the Kingsmill Championship in the longest playoff between two players in LPGA Tour history. That duel stretched into Monday, before Shin won on the ninth playoff hole.
This time, she was the only player to finish below par, with fellow South Korean golfer Inbee Park second with a 288.
Karrie Webb of New Zealand had put herself in contention with a 68 in the morning but finished with an 82 for a tie for fifth place, 12 shots back.
Play was abandoned Friday because of the bad weather, forcing two rounds to be played Sunday.
Play was suspended for about eight minutes during the fourth round as the rain and wind pelted the course, but organizers decided to play on.
Shin opened her final round with a triple bogey at the first hole, but she came back with birdies at the sixth and seventh before dropping another stroke at the eighth.
She picked up three more birdies on the way along with two bogeys, staying in control of her game while Webb, a three-time British Open champion, faded.
Park struggled in the final round and reached the turn at 4 over, then dropped two more strokes on the back nine before making birdies on the 16th and 18th to take second ahead of Creamer.
Creamer and American teenager Lexi Thompson were the only two players to shoot par in the afternoon, although Thompson was already out of contention and finished in a tie for 17th.
Japan's Mika Miyazato was alone in fourth place with a 290 after missing a 4-foot birdie putt on the final green that would have tied her with Creamer.