Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Its Shanshan at the Double in Dubai.

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Shanshan Feng  wins the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, making it a double victory for her on the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club.

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A last round -2 under par 70 was enough to give Shanshan her second victory at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters with a -19 under par total, a five shot winning margin.

“It’s my second time to win here, and the staff just told me I’m actually one of the two people that has won twice here, and the other one is Annika.  So it makes me like feel really proud of myself.”

“I think if I would get to 22 under, then I didn’t think anybody would catch up.  So I was going for 22, but of course I didn’t.  I still think I did well.”

In second place on her own was Carlota Ciganda, a final round -4 under par 68 giving her a -14 under par total, with Caroline Masson third at -13 under par.

Charley Hull sealed the 2014 ISPS HANDA Order of Merit after tying for fifth place at -10 under par, sharing that finish with Liz Young, Melissa Reid, Nicole Broch Larsen and Malene Jorgensen.

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This €20,000 cheque was enough for Charley to become the youngest winner of the Order of Merit, in just her second year on tour;

“It’s good to win, I didn’t really know coming into this week.”

“Just the back nine today, I just thought don’t make any silly mistakes.  I doubled the first but got two birdies on the bounce back so pretty happy with myself there.”

“I went double, birdie, birdie, bogey, birdie.  So it was an interesting front nine.”

” But towards the end of the back nine, I really got the feeling with my woods off the tee.  I started feeling so much more confident.  Just working on getting a bit more width on my swing.  I definitely feel a lot more confident.”

Amy Boulden capped her first season as a professional on Tour, by winning the Ladies European Tour’s OMEGA Rookie of the Year award.

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Amy was delighted with her win, and her first year on Tour;

“It’s been a really great first season on the Ladies European Tour.”

“It was one of my goals from when I turned pro, to win Rookie of the Year.  I thought it was going to be quite tough this year not having a full card.  I wasn’t sure how many events I was going to be playing in but starting the year well has helped me a lot.”

“It’s a real honour to win and join the prestigious list of former winners, including Laura Davies, Annika Sorenstam and Charley Hull.”

 

Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Shanshan Feng Leads By Five.

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Shanshan Feng leads the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters by five shots on the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club.

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Shanshan extended her lead in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters to five shots going into the final round on Sunday. She completed a third round of -6 under par 66 to get her tournament total to -17 under par. Shanshan won here in 2012 with -20 under par total, and thinks she could do that again;

“My goal was actually to get to 20‑under, so now I’m 17.  So I think, yeah, still have a chance to get to 20.”

“If I make it top three, I’m happy.  But of course, you know, if I have a chance to win, I’m going to give all my best.”

Melissa Reid is in second place on her own, a third round -7 under par 65 elevating her up the leaderboard with a -12 under par total. The ex-rebel said she was playing good golf, and it comes from working hard on her game;

“It’s been a long time coming.  I worked actually a week with my coach, Kevin Craggs, a week before this week at Saadiyat, and I think we just found kind of the missing ingredient.”

” So it was nice to put it into play.  I played really well yesterday.  I think I missed three greens yesterday and then today I think I missed one.  So I’m hitting it well.  I’m just trying to keep it simple and get the noise out of my head.  It’s working.” 

“It’s been a really tough couple years.  It’s been a lot harder than I expected and I probably didn’t give myself enough credit for what’s happened and stuff.”

“Things change, and I actually feel that my personal life is stable, which is quite nice, not being a rebel anymore. The last two or three months, everything has quieted down and everything’s good and I’m happy, and I think it’s now showing through in my golf.”

Carlota Ciganda, Anna Nordqvist and Charley Hull are two shots further back in a tie for third position at -10 under par.

Charley reported that she was going well and then somehow lost concentration;

“I’m actually really happy to be honest. I got off to a fast start and I was 3‑under through ten holes, and just lost a little bit of concentration for two holes.”

 I fought back after making a triple and a bogey with three birdies after that, so I’m really proud of myself for doing that. Just bad course management.”

“My caddie told me to chip out and I was like, no, I’m going for it.  But I’m happy I went for it because I’ve learnt from my mistakes.  I have to make my own mistakes to learn from them.  So I’m happy , I’m not happy for making it, but I’ve definitely learnt and I’m happy I holed like a 50‑foot putt.”

Georgia Hall produced the perfect shot when she aced the 167-yard par three 15th hole using a 4-iron. The 18-year-old from Bournemouth in England won a gleaming Mercedes Benz C 200 worth around €60,000, and will now have to buy herself some driving lessons as she can’t yet drive. You can see the car in the picture above with Shanshan.

Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, Shanshan Shines.

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Shanshan Feng shines in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, taking a four shot lead on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club.

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Shanshan had a bogey free -5 under par 67, to give her an Omega Dubai Ladies Masters tournament total of -11 under par, and a four-shot lead going into the week-end. Shanshan does not check the leaderboard while she is playing, but she did speak about her low winning scores;

“I didn’t make as many birdies as I did in the first round, but it was a bogey-free round with five birdies. So I think I did really well.”

“My goal is just top three and if I can achieve that I will be really happy. I am not trying to think about winning or anything.”

“This 21 under is my second best finish after Reignwood where I was 26 under. I don’t think 21 under would be easy to break. I am thinking about it, the plan is to focus on every shot and if I do it, I do it.”

“While I am not really trying to guess where I am at the moment, but I would say I feel comfortable with my current position. I have been in this position quite a few times and I can handle the pressure.”

Charley Hull is in second place, four shots back at -7 under par, a second round -2 under par 70 securing that position on her own. She unfortunately double bogeyed the 18th after hitting her approach shot into water;

“I actually hit a pretty good shot into 18.  The wind really gusted when I hit that shot.  It was gusting anyway.  Hit a half 9‑iron and only had 105 yards to clear it and usually hit my nine about 132.  I hit it a lot less than a full one, but it was quite strong going into that green.”

“I was 4‑under until then but still finished 2‑under which isn’t too bad.  What am I, four, five off the lead, so that’s nothing at all.”

Anna Nordqvist, Noora Tamminen and Gwladys Nocera are sharing third place, all on -6 under par for the tournament.

Anna has her brother on the bag this week, and said she is out to enjoy herself;

“With my little brother on the bag, I am just trying to enjoy Dubai as much as I can.”‘

“The course is in phenomenal shape. You can made a lot of birdies if you hit good shots and get your putting going. Will try to stay aggressive the next two days and just enjoy myself.”

Cheyenne Woods, playing her first tournament in Dubai, stayed in contention, following her opening round 70 with a second round -3 under par 69 to join the group of four ladies at -5 under par. She likes Dubai and spoke about how well the leader Shanshan is playing;

“I really played well and hit the ball well till the end. I may have left a few shots here and there, but overall I am very happy.”

“I love the course and looking forward to the weekend.”

 “Obviously, she is playing very well and I am playing the best that I can. I will do everything I can to keep with the pace. I am not going to try and play outside of myself or do anything crazy because that’s when bad things happen.”

Cheyenne  later went to the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel to follow in the footsteps of her uncle, Tiger Woods, who was the first player to hit shots from the helipad of the seven-star hotel, 10 years ago.

“The experience was just awesome. I have seen the photos of Tiger hitting the ball. How crazy it was and it went viral. It was a cool opportunity for me to get up there.”

 

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.

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Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.

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Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Two Tied at the Top

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Carin Koch and Shanshan Feng are the two ladies tied at the top of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters tournament at the Emerites Golf Club.

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Carin and Shanshan carded first scores of -6 under par 66 in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters tournament on the Majlis Course at Emerites Golf Club.

Carin said she had not played for while;

“I haven’t played an event since September, so it was probably more just trying to find the fairway and the green and remember how to do it.”

” It was very unexpected for me.  Like I said, I just made a lot of putts and hit a lot of iron shots close, and that makes all the difference.”

Shanshan was happy with her start to this tournament;

“I think we had so many birdie chances out there and I made seven, which is pretty good, because I think my putting was really working.  If anything, I would say I can work maybe a little harder on my driving.”

“This year coming in, I set my goal, I said maybe top three.  And I would say 6‑under is a pretty good start.”

Charley Hull had a -5 under par opening round of 67, and was also very happy with that score;

“I was pretty happy with the way I performed out there today. “

Especially with changing to left over right for about four months now, first time my coach has seen me putt left over right in a tournament, as well.”

” So it’s good for him to do that, because he was the one who wanted me to change after the British Open.  Yeah, definitely happy with that.”

Lee-Anne Pace was another of the group who carded a first round -5 under par 67, she said she had played solid golf;

“Very solid.  Not missing a lot of shots.  Hitting a lot of greens and putting very well.  I think the greens are fantastic.”

” They are very fast and running out, so really good condition, the course. I love this course.  I finished second here last time, so I have really good memories about it.”

Also on -5 under par was Becky Brewerton, she gives credit to her new caddy;

“I’ve got Jamie Spence caddying for me this week, plays on The Seniors Tour and done some really good work with him actually. “

“He’s been a bit of a mentor to me the last 12 months, so I think it was quite comforting having him out there.  He sees the shot in obviously a player sort of way, as well.  Any time I was in doubt, he came through and just made me really confident.”

“It’s been coming for a few months.  It’s just I’ve been lacking confidence in tournament and that’s the bit I’ve found hard to get back.  But I’m getting that now and I’m kind of over the fears that you feel when you’re really struggling.  Yeah, feeling very good.”

Hero Women’s Indian Open. Gwladys Wins.

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Gwladys Nocera, from France, wins the Hero Women’s Open at the Delhi Golf Club in India.

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Gwladys carded a final round -1 under par 72 for a -11 under par winning total at the Hero Women’s Indian Open, a comfortable five shot victory;

“It’s always good to win, I love it, and it’s nice to win in India for a second time, so I’m really pleased.” 

“It worked out really well the first day and after that I tried to play my game and that’s it.”

“I’ve played on tour for 12 years so experience always helps and it did today. Today, my putting was not too good but I told myself I am capable of shooting a good score. I stayed patient and it paid off.”

Fabienne In-albonHyeon Seo Kang and Hannah Burke all tied in second place, a distant five shots behind with -6 under par totals.

Hannah equalled her career best finish in a tie for second, and it was also a special day for Fabienne, who posted the best result of her time on tour, and has done enough to secure her playing privileges for 2015.

Indian rookie Vaishavi Sinha struggled in the third and final round, she finished on her own in fifth place at -5 under par for this 54 hole tournament at the Delhi Golf Course.

Hero Women’s Indian Open. Gwladys Clings On To Lead.

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Gwladys Nocera clings onto the lead in the Hero Women’s Indian Open at the mid-way point at Delhi Golf Club.

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Gwladys shot a second round of -1 under par 72 to lead the Hero Women’s Indian Open going into the week-end, with a -10 under par total. She has a two shot lead over her nearest rival starting tomorrow, moving day. The difference between yesterday’s brilliant round and today’s mediocre score was poor putting;

“I played well but the putts didn’t drop. Today 15 greens and 33 putts. Yesterday II had 26 putts.” 

 “I think the pins were tough today, beside major slopes, and it was tricky.”

In second place is Indian rookie professional Vaishavi Sinha, her second round -2 under par 71 could, and should have been better;

“Yesterday I hit 12 greens and today I hit 10 greens.”

“My hitting was a lot worse today and it was quite frustrating because I didn’t miss greens just on the edge, I was missing way left and they were wild shots, so my short game was really good today.”

In third place is defending champion Thidapa Suwannapura from Thailand, but a -5 under par tournament total is five shots off the pace of the leader.

Sharing fourth position are, Sharmila Nicollet, Hannah BurkeHolly Clyburn and Chloe Leurquin, all on -4 under par, and a long way from the top of the leaderboard.

Sharmila, from Bangalore, is not daunted by the huge gap, she is going for a win;

“I think I was playing well. I started off badly with two bogeys and I hit one in the trees with a penalty.”

 . “Overall my putting was really good: 28 yesterday and 29 today so it’s improved overall and I’m playing well with the game I have this week. You never know what happens tomorrow and I’m going for the win.”

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Gwladys Nocera shot an opening round -9 under par 64, on the Par 73 Delhi Golf Club course in India.

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Gwladys has a first round lead of three shots over her nearest rival after her amazing, record breaking -9 under par 64 in the Hero Indian Women’s Open. She and her caddy came well prepared for this years challenge, and the strategy has paid off for her;

“You can be offensive on this course if you want, but the risk is big.”

“I felt like I was playing chess, you place the ball and then when you have the opportunity to hit close to the pin you try your best; all the time. You can be offensive on the shot, but not on the strategy.”

“I think it’s the kind of course that is good to play a couple of times. We brought notes from last year and I played two practice rounds and tried a couple of things. We came up with a plan and we didn’t change it.”

Holly Clyburn and local player Vaishavi Sinha are in second place at -6 under par following their opening rounds of 67.

Holly was happy to be back from injury, and playing well;

“It was nice to be back out there and have some birdies and finish six under. It was really solid and I’m happy with how I played today. I’ve had six weeks off and a little set back with an injury, so I just enjoyed it and got on a roll.”

“I played really solid on my first nine, which was the back nine. I should have got the first three in the first three holes but it didn’t happen and I just kept grinding away and made a nice birdie on 13 and then made two nice ones down 17 and 18 and sat on the lip for eagle on 18, so it was nice.”

“I started afresh on the front nine and made a great four down one and followed up with a birdie on two. I settled myself in and made two great ones on four and five. I had a great opportunity on six and it went the other way on me.”

One shot further back, on her own in fourth position is Chloe Leurquin, a round of -4 under par 69 separating her from a bunch of ladies on -3 under par.

Of special note was Indian amateur Amandeep Drall, 21, had a hole in one on the par-3 fifth using a 7-iron and she said:

“It feels amazing to have my second hole in one. A lot of people are still looking for their first.”

And that statement includes me.