Shanshan Feng won the CME Group Titleholders event at Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Florida.
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Shanshan, from China outplayed a star-studded leaderboard at the season-ending CME Group Titleholders event. She shot one of the low rounds of the day on Sunday with a bogey-free -6 under par 66 to finish at 15-under par for the tournament.
Shanshan said she was really happy to win her second LPGA title;
“I think it was a magic when I won in China, I had a little luck on the second shot on 18th hole and I made the eagle. I think it started from that win again I got confidence back, and I did really well in Malaysia, too. I was like ‘Oh, no, I only have two more tournaments this season, so I hope I still have 10 more so I can keep up the good game, but I’m still really happy. Even though I didn’t set my goal as winning in the beginning but I started the round really strong, I was four under through six and I knew I was up there and the pressure was starting to get in my mind. As you could see, I didn’t make many putts. Even though my iron game was really, really accurate, I think that’s why I won.”
Gerina Piller finished in second place at -14 under par, she was playing one group behind Shanshan in the final pairing. Gerina hit a phenomenal second shot on the par-4 18th leaving her with a 10-foot birdie putt to force a playoff, unfortunately for her she missed the putt to force the play-off;
“The second shot, it was kind of on an upslope so I figured if I just get it up in the wind the more it will carry, and the higher I hit it the softer it’s going to land. I had some juices going so I just took a 7 iron and that’s what you practice for. So I just stood over it and said just trust yourself and I hit it pretty good and it ended up really good. The putt, I thought it was going right, I didn’t know it was going to break that much, and just I was happy with the way I hit the putt, I just didn’t read enough break.”
Gerina said just being in the lead heading into Sunday’s final round was great experience;
“Absolutely. I’ve never led an LPGA event and I did, I guess, LPGA Championship for one hole and I didn’t know I was leading so that doesn’t count. So to come out and grind like I did and give myself an opportunity to force a playoff, I’m pretty excited about that. I’m excited that I’m done for the year.”
Pornanong Phatlum finished third, at -13 under par, while Lydia Ko was relieved to finally get her first professional event under her belt this week. She was critical of her T21 finish, carding rounds of 71-71-72-70 to finish at -4 under par;
“I had so many chances to play much better, so I’m a bit disappointed in that. I think my goal was to not make any doubles and I made three, which made that bad, too. I didn’t have a really good front nine apart from today, so I think that kind of , like that didn’t make a good start to the day. But I know I finished strong on the back nine score wise. I’ve learned a lot of things this week, and yeah, I’m pretty happy that my first week is gone. It’s not a week that comes again, so yeah, I’m glad that it’s over and then I can start a whole new career.”