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Jiyai Shin

Kerr back to No. 2 in women's golf ranking

Daytona Beach-- Jiyai Shin remained atop the world women's golf rankings but Cristie Kerr moved back to the No. 2 spot.

Kerr tied for third at the LPGA Tour Championship, three strokes behind tournament winner Maria Hjorth, a result that boosted her rankings point average to 10.7 and allowed her to move ahead of Suzann Pettersen, who tied for 11th at the Tour Championship.

Pettersen also has an average of 10.7 but Kerr has appeared in more tournaments over the rankings period.

Shin, whose ranking average is 11.17, is No. 1 for a sixth consecutive week.

Choi Na-yeon tied for fifth in the tournament and so switched places with Yani Tseng. Choi (10.46) is now fourth and Tseng (10.30) is fifth.

Pettersen now 2nd in women's golf ranking

Daytona Beach, Fla. -- Suzann Pettersen jumped to No. 2 in the world women's golf rankings and Jiyai Shin retained the top spot.

Pettersen finished second behind Kim In-kyung at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, which had its final round Sunday. The win boosted Kim from ninth to seventh in the world rankings and Pettersen went from fifth to second.

With only the LPGA Tour Championship -- Dec. 2-5 in Orlando, Fla. -- remaining on the tour's 2010 calendar, positioning continues for the year's final standings. With little difference in rankings point average among many players, there could be substantial juggling after the championship.

Shin, Tseng are 1-2 in women's golf

Daytona Beach -- Jiyai Shin tightened her hold on the top spot in women's golf and Yani Tseng jumped to second in the world rankings released Monday.

Shin won last week's Mizuno Classic in Japan, finishing two strokes ahead of Tseng, the tournament runner-up. The victory allowed Shin to increase her lead at No. 1 while Tseng's showing pushed her from sixth to second in the rankings.

Shin has a rankings point average of 11.62, well ahead of Tseng (10.69).

Cristie Kerr (10.51) slipped from second to third but Choi Na-yeon, who tied for fifth at the Mizuno, is right behind at 10.50.

Shin wins LPGA tournament in Japan

Shima-- Jiyai Shin, the No. 1-ranked women's golfer, on Sunday had her second consecutive bogey-free round and claimed the title at the LPGA's Mizuno Classic.

It was the second time Shin won the event in three years. She shot 5-under-par 67 Sunday and finished with a 54-hole total of 18-under 198 in taking the first-place check of $180,000. Yani Tseng was second at 16-under and took home $109,523.

Shin had just two bogeys in the tournament and both came during Friday's first round. She was 13-under since a first-round bogey at No. 14.

Shin back at women's golf No. 1 spot

Daytona Beach, Fla. -- Jiyai Shin once again passed Cristie Kerr and reclaimed the No. 1 position Monday in the world women's golf rankings.

Shin tied for fourth at the LPGA Hana Bank Championship in South Korea and, with Kerr three strokes back and tied for 12th, was able to move to the top spot. Kerr had taken over the No. 1 position from Ai Miyazato last week.

The leading players are still bunched, however, and additional switches are likely as the season winds down. Eight players in the Top 10 changed places this week.

Shin has a rankings point average of 10.86 while Kerr is at 10.64. Suzann Pettersen (10.52) moved into the No. 3 spot and Miyazato (10.50) is fourth.

Kerr back at No. 1 in women's golf

Daytona Beach, Fla. -- Cristie Kerr returned to the No. 1 spot in the world women's golf rankings, with Jiyai Shin moving up to second and Ai Miyazato dropping to third.

Kerr, who finished eighth at last week's LPGA event in Malaysia, was No. 1 for one week in August before Miyazato took over. She was also ranked on top for three weeks in June and July.

While she's back at No. 1 as of Monday, she owns just a narrow lead for the top spot. Kerr has a ratings point average of 10.88, while Shin is at 10.76 and Miyazato's average is 10.63.

One of those three golfers -- Shin and Miyazato for 10 weeks each and Kerr for five -- has been ranked No. 1 since Lorena Ochoa retired this spring.

Wie's second title is worth Top 10 ranking

Daytona Beach, Fla. -- Michelle Wie's second LPGA championship improved her world women's golf ranking to No. 7, the list released Monday showed.

Wie won the Canadian Women's Open by three strokes over Lee Jee-young, Kristy McPherson, Suzann Pettersen and Jiyai Shin and moved up from her previous No. 12 ranking.

Wie's move into the Top 10 shook up the bottom part of that group but the top six places were unchanged from last week.

Ai Miyazato is still No. 1 ahead of Cristie Kerr, while Pettersen is third and Shin fourth. Yani Tseng is ranked No. 5 with Choi Na-yeon in sixth.

Shin back to No. 1 in women's golf ranking

Daytona Beach -- Jiyai Shin's one-stroke victory at the LPGA's Evian Masters returned her to the No. 1 spot in the world women's golf rankings.

Shin had a closing-round 67 Sunday -- the fourth consecutive round in which she improved her score at the Evian Masters Golf Club in France -- and edged Choi Na-Yeon, Alexis Thompson and Morgan Pressel by one stroke for her seventh LPGA title in two years.

The title also moved Shin, ranked fourth a week ago, to the No. 1 spot in the world rankings, a position she held for seven weeks in May and June. She pushed last week's No. 1, Ai Miyazato, to second, the second time Miyazato held the top spot for one week.

Shin's final birdie secures Evian victory

Evians-Les-Bains -- Jiyai Shin's birdie on the final hole Sunday lifted her to a one-stroke victory at the Evian Masters in France.

The former world No. 1's birdie on the 18th was one of five she made in the final round en route to a 5-under 67, finishing the tournament at 14-under 274.

She edged third-round leader Morgan Pressel (70) by one shot afer Pressel failed to convert a birdie putt on the 18th.

Pressel ended tied with Na Yeon Choi (66) and 15-year-old Alexis Thompson (67) one shot back at minus-13.

Thompson ended her round with two straight birdies in a bid to become the youngest-ever LPGA Tour event winner, but came up a bit short.

Shin downs Wie in LPGA Match Play

Gladstone, N.J. -- Top-seeded Jiyai Shin won two holes late in the contest Saturday to defeat Michelle Wie in the quarterfinals of the Sybase Match Play Championship.

Shin used a par on the 15th hole and a birdie on No. 16 at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in New Jersey to bounce Wie and take the Kathy Whitworth bracket 2 & 1, and advancing to Sunday morning's semifinals against Sun Young Yoo.

Yoo will face Shin after notching an upset win Saturday over fourth-seeded Yani Tseng, 2 & 1, to triumph in the Patty Berg bracket.

In the Mickey Wright bracket, 10th-seeded Angela Stanford emerged with the win, dispatching 15th-seeded Catriona Matthew, 5 & 3.