Ahn would win again on tour just a few weeks later.
After a 4th in her next event, she played the rain shortened High
One Resort SBS Charity Women's Open. Like at her first win, she
shot a great final round score to seize the lead. This time, she
wound up in a playoff with Hyun Hee Moon, but won that on the first
In all, Shin Ae had 8 top tens in 2010 and finished
third on the KLPGA money list.
Shin Ae had a much worse season in Korea in 2011.
She had a 2nd place finish at the Nefs Masterpiece and a 3rd at
the season ending ADT-Caps; but she only had three total top tens,
and finished 22nd on the money list. Still, she was far from forgotten:
the fans voted her Most Fashionable Player at the season ending
KLPGA Awards Show.
Ahn had some good results playing overseas. By far
her best tournament outside of Korea came at the Evian Masters in
July. She put herself into contention with a first round 67, and
ended up finishing tied for 9th. That result alone earned her $67,000.
She also made her first cut at a Major when she finished 64th at
the US Women's Open.
In 2012, Shin Ae really struggled. She finished
61st on the KLPGA money list, with only one top ten at the very
start of the season. She ended the year with two mediocre results
to start the 2013 season. She also played a couple of events on
the LPGA, but her best finish was only a 59th at the Evian Masters.
Shin Ae made less than 100 million won in 2013 and
finished 39th on the money list. She had a couple of top fives,
but otherwise struggled. But her name was still very much in the
news: there was a rumor she was dating a K-Pop star, and the paparazzi
followed her in force. At the end of the season, she signed with
new sponsor TaylorMade/Adidas, and was featured prominently on the
web wearing their golf clothing in the weeks that followed.
Ahn finished 37th on the 2014 KLPGA money list with
about 115 million won earned. She had four top tens during the season,
her best finish coming at the year's final Major, the KB Star Championship.
She finished 5th there.
Shin Ae had much the same kind of season in 2015
as she had in 2014; once again, she made 4 top tens and played well
but not spectacularly the rest of the time. But there was one week
where she was on fire, and it resulted in her first win in several
years. That win came at the year's second Major, the KLPGA Championship.
Ahn put herself into the hunt through three days, then shocked the
field with a brilliant 67 on the final day to force a four-way playoff.
Ahn made birdie on the second hole, and only little known player
Yeun Jung Seo could match her. Ahn made two more birdies, eventually
beating Seo on the 4th playoff hole for the Major win.
Ahn finished the year with 266 million won earned,
good for 18th on the money list.
Ahn had a weaker season in 2016. She had three top
tens, her best finish a 5th at the Honma Golf Classic in late October.
She finished 53rd on the money list with a little more than 126
million won earned.
Ahn attended Japanese tour Q-School and managed
to earn a limited tour card for 2017. She will probably play mostly
on the JLPGA, as even with her status, she should be able to get
into more than 20 tournaments.