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Shin's Impressive Australian Open Record

When it comes to Australian Open events, Korea's Jenny Shin has one of the best record's of any player that has competed in the past five years.

So impressive is her record, that in her last five attempts the 24 year old has achieved an incredible four top ten finishes, with an 18T in 2013 - her only finish outside the top ten since 2012.

With her confidence in playing links style courses there is no reason why the talented player can't continue her amazing form next month at Royal Adelaide Golf Club.

"I really enjoy playing the links course and most of the Australian Open courses I’ve played are links courses," Shin said.

"Also the Australian Open is usually my first event of the year and my condition is at its best."

Last year's Australian Open was held at Grange Golf Club, Royal Adelaide Golf Club this year, and Kooyonga in 2018.

But it was not only the golf course that Shin took a liking for in Adelaide but also what the city had to offer during her stay and the golfing talent says can't wait to visit again.

"I had a great time in Adelaide last year," Shin explained.

"We stayed right next to the water with markets and a bunch of restaurants nearby, where everything was within walking distance.

"The food was great in most places so I’m looking forward to another great week."

Currently ranked 37 in the world, Shin broke through for her first win on the LPGA tour last season at the Volunteers of Texas Shootout in April, overall she finished with five top ten's for the year.

Only 2014 the Korean has had a better season, with six finishes inside the top ten, but Shin is hoping of stronger performances to come.

"With my first win on tour, last year felt much more special than the other years and yet it’s the year with the most cut misses since 2014 I believe, so I hope there are better years to come," Shin said.

"My goals for 2017 are simple, miss less cuts as possible and do my absolute best in every event.

"But my future goal is to have at least 5 wins on tour."

To be one of the world's best golfers takes a lot of hard work and Shin is no exception.

She trains approximately five hours a day on the course with another three physical training sessions also part of her busy schedule.

Shin believes her parents, mother Hyun and father Chang have played a huge role in her career.

"Both my parents play a big role, my mother sacrificed her life to help me get where I am today and I learned by watching her what it means to be discipline and how much effort is needed to be great at something," Shin said.

"I’m the only person in my family to play at the level I’m playing and I think I get my athleticism from my father and my personality from my mother."

The Southern Californian local would also like to set the record straight in terms of her fans believing she never smiles much!

"I heard from my fans that I don’t smile much on TV and that’s not really me," she continued

Shin will miss the first LPGA event for 2017 (Pure Silk Bahamas) to concentrate on the Australian Open, her first tournament for the year.

The Australian Open starts on Thursday February 16 at Royal Adelaide Golf Club with tickets available from http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=GOLFAUS17.

Images- Jenny Shin & Peter Argent