Royal Liverpool, near the birthplace of the Beatles, hosted the Women’s British last week.
Which made it appropriate when the weather-whipped, 36-hole Sunday finish was definitely a hard day’s night full of misery offering very little help from anybody’s friends.
Only dear prudence kept helterskelter shots from landing here, there and everywhere in the final round. At the end, Korean Jiyai Shin was able to get back to basics and complete a magical mystery tour to the winner’s circle for the second straight event, in a week that felt like it had eight days because it had begun the previous Monday with an LPGA playoff in Virginia.
Yes, it was a long and winding road.
“I think this course is made for me,” said Shin, who’s getting so much better all the time.
Note: Asian women won all four majors this year. Shin’s nine-shot margin of victory was the largest in this event’s history as a major.
Meanwhile back in the States, the PGA Tour’s door was dark in advance of this week’s Tour Championship in Atlanta one week ahead of the Ryder Cup near Chicago at the end of the month.
On the Euro Tour, Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano won the Italian Open. More importantly there, slumping Ryder Cupper Martin Kaymer carded a pair of weekend 67s to give captain Jose Maria Olazabal hope that he may be breaking out of his prolonged funk. Kaymer and rookie Ryder teammate Nicolas Colsaerts shared fifth place.
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