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Published: Sunday, 7/5/2009

LPGA players conceding nothing

BY MAUREEN FULTON
BLADE SPORTS WRITER
Jiyai Shin has been consistent in the first three rounds, firing 66-67-68. She might have to go lower Sunday to catch Eunjung Yi.
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One week ago, Jiyai Shin was in the exact same position as Eunjung Yi - a four-stroke lead with one round to play at the Wegmans LPGA.

Shin, the LPGA money list leader, went on to win by seven strokes. But in a way, Shin is glad that their places are reversed this week at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

"On Sunday morning I was very nervous because I was close to winning," Shin said. "Now I'm following the leader, so I'm more comfortable.

"The leader, she's never won before and she has a chance for it tomorrow. Maybe she feels pressure and gets nervous."

After firing a 61, Yi is at 18-under par, four shots in front of Song-Hee Kim and Morgan Pressel. But in just her second year on tour, Yi is untested in big moments. Not too far behind her linger some heavy hitters, ready to swoop in if Yi falters.

Shin and Yani Tseng, the second-ranked player in the world, are one of eight players tied for fourth place at 12-under. Lorena Ochoa, the world's top-ranked LPGA golfer, is one shot back of that group at 11-under.

Ochoa said she is confident she can catch the leader today at Highland Meadows. She shot a 67 yesterday and wants to go lower today.

"[Going low] is the only option," Ochoa said. "There's nothing to lose. I'll just go after it and try to make the fans happy."

Ochoa birdied four of the first six holes yesterday but couldn't find another one after that.

"I'm a little frustrated that it didn't happen for me, especially on the back," Ochoa said. "I had chances, but a lot of the putts were in the 15-20 foot range. The last two were closer, but they weren't easy.

"That's golf. You just keep trying. If not this week, maybe next week. It's a funny game, you never know."

Tseng, a native of Taiwan who has seven top-10 finishes this year, carded a 65.

"Today I changed back to my old putter after trying a new one the last two days," Tseng said. "I hit the ball really solid today. I feel very confident now. I'm looking forward to the next day."

Tseng, who finished tied for second last week, promised she would not be timid today.

"You can't hope somebody misses on this golf course, you've got to go take it," Tseng said. "I need to play aggressive tomorrow."

In addition to her win at Wegmans, Shin finished third in the McDonald's LPGA Championship three weeks ago and is now ranked third in the world. She's scored 66-67-68 this week.

"The course is a good match for me," Shin said. "I like faster greens. I have confidence with my driver.

"Today Eunjung played at 10-under, so maybe I'll try tomorrow for a 10-under."



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