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Women"s British Open: Jiyai Shin wins to make Asian record

Shin the star at Hoylake as Asian grip on women's golf extends to all four majors

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UPDATED:

20:58 GMT, 16 September 2012

Fourteen years was all it took for golf in the Far East to go from Asia minor to Asia major.

Fourteen years after Se Ri Pak became the first Asian to win a major championship, her Korean compatriot Jiyai Shin completed an overwhelming nine-shot victory in the Ricoh British Open at Royal Liverpool on Sunday that symbolised the region's complete domination of women's golf.

Not only have Asian golfers now completed the Grand Slam this year, they have won the last seven majors in succession.

Champion: Jiyai Shin celebrates with the trophy and on the green (below)

Champion: Jiyai Shin celebrates with the trophy and on the green (below)

Shin's 18th green celebration

Alongside the brilliant Taiwanese
Yani Tseng, the driving force, of course, has been the Koreans, where
producing a good woman golfer seems to be the primary ambition for many
households.

Shin completed her victory with one of the great performances in the recent history of this event.

It is never easy to follow up a
great round, and on Saturday she scored 64, hitting all 18 greens in
regulation to record the lowest total seen in competition on this, the
most historic course in England.

Yet Shin never broke her stride on
Sunday during the course of the final 36 holes played out in conditions
that varied from the benign in the morning to the frightful during
mid-afternoon.

Runner up: Inbee Park came second at Hoylake

Runner up: Inbee Park came second at Hoylake

As the wind blew and the rain came in
sideways, the championship was reduced to ridicule when play was
suspended for a short time for no obvious reason, and contrary to the
rules of the game.

The master commentator Peter Alliss mixed mirth with indignation.

'Yes we know it's miserable, but you can't stop play because it is miserable,' he said.

When one player seemingly carried on
before the hooter sounded to signal play could continue, he added: 'Why
not play when you like, and dole out some prize money at the finish'

Away we go: Shin tees off on the 15th hole

Away we go: Shin tees off on the 15th hole

A poor tournament for the British contingent had two small bright spots.

Scot Catriona Matthew, the 2009
champion, shot 75 to squeeze into the top 10 and Holly Clyburn, 21, from
Cleethorpes, came within two strokes of finishing as the leading
amateur.

Meanwhile, at the Italian Open,
Martin Kaymer picked a timely moment to turn in his first top five this
season, finishing with two 67s in his last event before the Ryder Cup.

Team-mate Nicolas Colsaerts finished alongside him in fifth spot of an event won by the Spaniard, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

Sandstorm: Paula Creamer plays out of a bunker

Sandstorm: Paula Creamer plays out of a bunker

Liverpool weather: Women"s British Open abandoned due to wind

Wind blows Women's British Open off course as play is abandoned at Hoylake

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UPDATED:

15:02 GMT, 14 September 2012

The final major of the golfing season descended into near-farce at windswept Hoylake when players at the Ricoh Women's British Open found themselves battling with conditions former winner Karen Stupples described as 'laughable'.

But good sense prevailed – in gusts that reached up to 60mph the second round was suspended after 78 minutes, all recorded scores were cancelled and the championship will resume at 6.50am on Saturday. Weather permitting, of course.

Stupples, England's last winner of the title in 2004, was among 48 players who teed off.

Look ref! Suzann Pettersen of Norway (left) and Cristie Kerr of the USA (right) indcate to an official how balls were moving in high winds

Look ref! Suzann Pettersen of Norway (left) and Cristie Kerr of the USA (right) indcate to an official how balls were moving in high winds

Defence: People cower behind umbrellas

Defence: People cower behind umbrellas

She actually birdied the downwind
second – 'it felt like an eagle' – but it came either side of a double
bogey and she was by no means the worst.

Compatriot Felicity Johnson, joint
leader early in the first round, dropped to next-to-last on 14 over par
when she ran up a quintuple bogey nine at the first, bogeyed the second
and double-bogeyed the third.

German playing partner Caroline Masson
double-bogeyed them all and the 18 players who completed at least one
hole on the front nine were a cumulative 52 over par when the suspension
came.

Tee trouble: Kerr's ball was blown away before she could drive on the 12th hole

Tee trouble: Kerr's ball was blown away before she could drive on the 12th hole

Things were not as bad scoring-wise
for those on the back nine, but Michelle Wie described seeing fellow
American Cristie Kerr knocked off her feet by the wind and said the same
almost happened to her on the exposed 12th tee.

Kerr had trouble getting her ball to
stay on the tee there and on reaching the green playing partner Erina
Hara had a two-foot putt blown eight feet past the hole.

The only sensible course of action at
that point was not only to bring the players in, but also delete the
scores as if they never happened.

Strong: A flag shows the force of the wind before play was stopped

Strong: A flag shows the force of the wind before play was stopped

'The competitors began their round in
extremely adverse weather and conditions subsequently worsened despite
our belief that they would remain stable,' said tournament director
Susan Simpson.

'It would have been unfair to those
competitors not to declare play null and void and cancel all scores for
the round in question.'

There were, inevitably, complaints
that play should have been called off sooner, but Simpson said the level
of anger was only about 'five or six' on the Richter scale.

Blown away: Kerr walks off the course after play was suspended

Blown away: Kerr walks off the course after play was suspended

It would have been a lot higher, of course, if the worst sufferers had been told the holes played counted.

But as they did not it means that So
Yeon Ryu will resume as joint leader with fellow South Korean Haeji Kang
rather than one behind and that English amateur Holly Clyburn is back
in joint third place on level par. She had bogeyed the first and
double-bogeyed the fourth.

The forecast is for the wind speed to drop overnight, with rain a possibility for Sunday.

Officials went into discussions about
whether there would be enough daylight for the final 36 holes to be
played then, although much depends on how many players survive the
halfway cut on Saturday night.

If not, then the event will spill into Monday.

Can't play: Kerr sits down during the stoppage

Can't play: Kerr sits down during the stoppage

Women"s British Open suspended due to wind

Wind blows Women's British Open off course as play is suspended at Hoylake

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UPDATED:

09:51 GMT, 14 September 2012

Strong winds forced play to be suspended on the second day of the Ricoh Women's British Open at Hoylake – but not before some real horror stories.

Gusts of up to 50mph had been predicted, but officials deemed conditions good enough to resume the championship at 7am.

England's Felicity Johnson, who had been
joint leader early in her first round, set off with a quintuple bogey
nine, dropped another shot at the second and then two more on the third.

Blown away: Cristie Kerr walks off the course after play was suspended

Blown away: Cristie Kerr walks off the course after play was suspended

It sent her next-to-last on 14 over par before she and the other early starters were brought in. German Caroline Masson double-bogeyed the opening three holes to stand 10 over and there was also a change at the top of the leaderboard.

Last year's US Women's Open champion So Yeon Ryu, who shared the overnight pace on two under with fellow South Korean Haeji Kang, bogeyed the long 10th, the only hole she had time for before the suspension.

Johnson and Masson were the worst sufferers, but the 18 players who teed off on the front nine were a cumulative 52 over par at the time of the suspension – and none of them had even completed five holes.

Tee trouble: Kerr's ball was blown away before she could drive on the 12th hole

Tee trouble: Kerr's ball was blown away before she could drive on the 12th hole

England's last winner of the title Karen Stupples had two double bogeys and a birdie, while amateur Holly Clyburn – joint third following her level par 72 – bogeyed the first and double-bogeyed the fourth.

The scoring was better for those who resumed on the 10th tee, but there were still some furious players before the decision was taken to halt the action.

American star Cristie Kerr saw her ball blown off the tee three times at the 12th, but she, Norwegian Suzann Pettersen and Japan's Erina Hara were told to play on for a while longer.

Once at the green Hara's ball was two feet from the hole, but then blew eight feet past.

Strong: A flag shows the force of the wind before play was stopped

Strong: A flag shows the force of the wind before play was stopped

Lee Slattery leads Wales Open at Celtic Manor after first round

Slattery braves stiff winds to take lead at Celtic Manor just days after major bonus

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UPDATED:

18:54 GMT, 31 May 2012

England's Lee Slattery followed one great performance with another at Celtic Manor today.

Three days after shooting 66 at Walton Heath to earn himself a US Open debut, the 33-year-old from Southport took the first round lead in the ISPS Handa Wales Open with a four under par 67.

And if that does not sound special consider this – there were more than 20 scores in the eighties, one in the nineties and a handful of players could not keep a 10 off their cards. Gary Boyd even had two.

Fine form: Lee Slattery putts on the 14th green during the first round of the Wales Open on Thursday

Fine form: Lee Slattery putts on the 14th green during the first round of the Wales Open on Thursday

A stiff wind and fast-running conditions made life tough on the course where Europe beat America two years ago in a Ryder Cup remembered not just for its thrilling finish, but also its torrential rain.

Slattery had already made eight trips to the European Tour qualifying school by then, but his career turned around last October when, on his 183rd start, he captured the Madrid Masters – even with a double bogey seven on the final hole.

Now he is planning for a trip to San Francisco which will include not only his first-ever tournament there, but also a visit to Alcatraz and possibly the baseball game at which Rory McIlroy is throwing the ceremonial first pitch.

Great Scot: Paul Lawrie plays his second shot into the 16th green on the Twenty Ten course

Great Scot: Paul Lawrie plays his second shot into the 16th green on the Twenty Ten course

'I know Olympic Club is going to be difficult, but I'm really looking forward to it,' he said.

'It's more the atmosphere. I remember The Open at Hoylake (his only previous major was there in 2006) and I thrived on it.'

Slattery's round was not without its scary moments. He was an inch from going in the water on the short third and was relieved to find his ball in bounds at the 580-yard ninth.

The hole still cost him his only dropped shot, but he added: 'It was very difficult. The wind was stronger than anticipated and if you get round without a bogey it's an amazing achievement.'

Nobody did.

Scot Paul Lawrie, second on the Ryder Cup points table, needed to birdie two of his last three holes for a 74, the same as 2010 captain Colin Montgomerie, while his successor Jose Maria Olazabal took 76 and holder Alex Noren an 81 before withdrawing with back trouble.

Top grass: Johan Edfors of Sweden plays his second shot into the 14th green at Celtic Manor

Top grass: Johan Edfors of Sweden plays his second shot into the 14th green at Celtic Manor

Slattery finished the day one ahead of German Marcel Siem and Dutchman Tim Sluiter.

While Sluiter closed with four successive birdies Siem bogeyed his last two holes on the same lay-out where he led by three with a round to play two years ago and then fell away after a quadruple bogey seven on the third.

Only four members of the victorious 2010 side are in the field. Ross Fisher, who has dropped to 157th in the world since that memorable week, did best with a 70.

Miguel Angel Jimenez took a double-bogey seven on the last for 76 and Italian brothers Francesco and Edoardo Molinari were 74 and 77 respectively.

The others to break 70 were Spanish duo Pablo Larrazabal and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Ireland's Simon Thornton and Swede Joel Sjoholm.