Buick Championship. Defending Champion Shanshan Retains Title.

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Defending Champion Shanshan Feng successfully retains her Buick Championship title in China, in a play-off against Na Yeon Choi.

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Shanshan and Na Yeon both carded final rounds of -5 under par 67 to finished tied at the top of the Buick Championship leaderboard at -14 under par. Shanshan then birdied the first extra hole, the 18th to win the trophy;

“I didn’t expect it!”

“Today, from the beginning, Na Yeon was ahead and I was behind, but I never gave up.”

“When we had two holes left I thought, ‘I’m just going to try my best and see what happens,’ and I think I had luck on my side.”

“I’m really happy to finish with a birdie on the last hole and I’m really proud that I was able to defend my title.”

Na Yeon led for most of the round, until a heavy shower set in and play was suspended for 30 minutes due to the threat of lightning, the momentum turned as she bogeyed the 18th, in regulation play and then again in the play-off.

Beth Allen finished in third position ,six shots further back, a last round -1 under par 71 giving her that place on her own after finally making a birdie on 18, this finish also enables Beth to return to the top of the LET Order of Merit ;

“It was tough unless you got off to a pretty good start, and I just hung in there and did the best I could and I’m happy with third.”

 “I got back with a vengeance and I’m really proud of myself. I’ve always had issues with that hole, no idea why, but I nailed it.”

Buick Championship. Shanshan & Na Yeon Locked Together at the Top.

White Dragon GolfBuick Championship Defending Champion Shanshan Feng and Na Yeon Choi are still locked together at the top of the Buick Championship leaderboard, in China.

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Shanshan and Na Yeon both carded the same score of -2 under par 70 in the third round of the Buick Championship, to stay at the top of the leaderboard at -9 under par.

Shanshan was really happy with her round today;

“I had a bit of a rough start because I was nervous to be honest at the beginning, being the defending champion, playing back in China and this is my sponsor’s event, so I do have a lot of pressure.”

“After two holes, I was like, ‘You know what? I’ve done well for the first two days and so why not just do the same thing, just focus on every shot,’ and I came back slowly.”

“I made a good back nine and I’m happy about the result.”

Na Yeon was leading until a bogey at the last hole, which she put down to tiredness;

“I think I played really well, especially on the front nine. I had three birdies out there and without a bogey.”

“I think I was a little tired on the back nine.”

Beth Allen is in third place, a -1 under 71 today keeping her in touch with the leaders at -7 under par. She was also happy with her effort in the tough conditions;

“It was a solid day with tough conditions, and a completely different wind to yesterday.”

“It was tricky.”

 Florentyna Parker from England, who led for the first three rounds of the Lalla Meryem Cup last week is in fifth position at -6 under par, a third round -1 under 71 keeps her in the mix.

Heavy rain and winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour are predicted for Sunday’s final round, so just about anything could happen here, looking forward to it.

 

Buick Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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Defending Champion Shanshan Feng and Na Yeon Choi are the two ladies tied at the top of the Buick Championship leaderboard, in China.

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Na Yeon carded a second round -4 under par 68 , while defending champion Shanshan recorded -6 under 66 to both sit on top of the Buick Championship leaderboard at -7 under par.

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Local lady Shanshan said she had enjoyed a great round today, finally reading the greens and making some putts;

“I played great today. The wind obviously was stronger and it was colder out there, so the conditions were tougher than yesterday.”

“I made some nice putts which was different from yesterday. Yesterday, those grains distracted me. I believed that it would break to the right or left, but it didn’t.”

“Today, I took the lesson and putted them straightforward. It worked and I had a great round.”

Ha Na was troubled by the wind, but very happy to be sharing top spot;

 “Overall my name is on the leader board so I’m pretty happy and proud of myself.”

“I was patient out there as I didn’t have my A game, especially with my driver and irons, I missed a lot of shots.”

“I was disappointed with myself but I tried to hang in and my caddie helped me a lot.”

“The wind direction has been different every day so each hole it’s different, and it’s playing like a different course.”

Xiyu Lin, -5 under 67 today and Beth Allen, -3 under 69, are tied in third place, one shot off the pace, at -5 under par.

Beth was frustrated at signing for a bogey on her last hole, finding the water, but is happy with her putting;

“I’ve been playing really well and the last is really frustrating but I have to get over it and keep making birdies so we’ll see what happens.”

“I think I had 27 putts today and 28 or 29 yesterday. I hit lots of greens in general so if I’m holing putts I’m scoring pretty well.”

“I love this golf course and played well here last year. I like the greens here and I see them. I feel really comfortable and my putting stroke is the same as Morocco.”

Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Shanshan Wins, for Record Third Time

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Shanshan Feng wins the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters title for a record third time in Dubai. The trophy was presented by the patron of the tournament  HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein. She is in the picture below with Shanshan and her husband HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

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Shanshan carded a bogey free final round -6 under par 66 at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, to post a -21 under tournament total, giving her an amazing twelve shot victory, and equal her own low scoring record for the tournament, along with her third victory here;

“I am really delighted to win in Dubai, which is a lucky place for me.”

“Coming to this tournament my goal was a top-five finish and I’m delighted to exceed my expectations.”

“Dubai has been really good me, a lucky place, indeed.”

“It wasn’t easy out there in the windy conditions, but I kept my composure and got the job done in the end.”

Winning the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters was the icing on the cake for Shanshan, who now becomes the first player from China to win the Ladies European Tour’s Order of Merit, with Melissa Reid finishing in second place.

Thidapa Suwannapura finished those twelve shots back in second place, a last round +1 over par 73 gave her a -9 under par total.

Third place went to Melissa Reid, her final round of -3 under par for a total of -8 under in the competition.

Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in Dubai spoke about the tournaments support for Pink Friday;

“In line with Dubai’s commitment to encourage women to take to sporting activities for healthy living, we organised “pink day’ on Friday to raise awareness about breast cancer and support initiatives of Al Jalila Foundation Research Centre.”

“I would to thank all players for their enthusiastic support to the noble cause.”

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Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Feng Flies on “Pink Friday”

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Shanshan Feng flies on Pink Friday at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, and will take a five shot lead into the final round tomorrow at Emirates Golf Club, in Dubai. There was pink flagsticks and even pink tees ,the entire golf course glowed with the color that is now recognised as the color of breast cancer awareness and research. Players, caddies, officials and many spectators turned up in pink to support the noble cause.

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Shanshan shot another round of -5 under par 67 to lead the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters at -15 under par. She started the day with five birdies on the front nine, with two bogey’s and two birdies on the back, as she moves towards winning this event for a record third time;

“Today, I think the front nine was really good. I had many birdie chances and a lot of them were really close.”

“The back nine, well, I made a couple bogeys there. I think it just happens.”

“It’s normal because the day was a little bit more wind. So human beings, we’re going to make mistakes.”

“After that, I was happy that I made birdie on the 17th,”

“I didn’t think the back nine was easy. I think the back nine, maybe I misjudged the wind a couple of times. And then there was one poor drive on the 12th hole.”

Thidapa Suwannapura is now in second place, at -10 under par, a third round -7 under 65 shooting her up the leaderboard;

“Today I just see the line and my caddie, Matt, he’s my friend, and he can see the same thing as me.”

“Like, yeah, I like it, just knock it, and it’s in. I’m like, yay. Just keep going.”

“It’s not easy out there. I’m not expecting anything. I’m just hitting balls and trying to knock it on the green. Just par is fine for me.”

Jade Schaeffer returned a -2 under 70 third round to end the day four strokes back in third position with a -6 under tournament total, and was happy with that;

“I’m very happy, because I don’t play a lot of tournaments this year and I’m just training a lot with a new coach.”

“I’m so happy now that it’s working good. Just my head, I feel very well and I hope tomorrow is good, too.”

Dame Laura Davies slumped with a +5 over 77 third round score, which dropped her to 10th place on her own at -3 under for the competition.

Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Shanshan Siezes Control.

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Shanshan Feng from China, seizes control of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, following the second round.

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Shanshan has recorded two rounds of -5 under par 67, to sit on top of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters leaderboard at -10 under par, and enjoys a two shot lead over the field.

Shanshan won here in 2012 an 2014, and says she is relaxed and feeling good. She holds the course record here of -21 under for this tournament, but is not thinking about that at the moment;

“I am really relaxed. I have done well so far and will just keep trying do the same things again.”

“This course is about making birdies. If any player who shoots nine or 10 under in one round, will stand a chance of catching up with me.”

“I am not thinking about it. Every year conditions are a little bit different, so, it doesn’t really matter if I break my own record or not.”

“I just want to enjoy and be relaxed this week. I have had two good days so far, and there is another two days to go.”

The nearest challenger is Dame Laura Davies, in second place at -8 under par, just two shots back. A second round consecutive round of -4 under keeping her well in touch with the leader.

Laura thought today’s round was better than yesterday, and said 31 putts in those conditions was pretty good;

“Probably a better round today than it was yesterday because of the wind. It was really tricky.”

“Hit a lot of long irons into the par 4 because a lot of the longer holes were into the wind today; whereas, we were sort of downwind yesterday. No, very pleased, 31 putts, pretty good, happy.”

“I don’t think I’m at full power, especially with the driver. Doesn’t really matter. We can take half a club more. But I’m not quite hitting it as long as I normally do, and I think it’s that I can’t load up and really get through it because I can feel it a little bit, but maybe that’s helping me hit more fairways. Swings and roundabouts, really.”

“I just have to keep doing what I’m doing. In my mind at the start of the week, I thought four 68s would be really good.”

“It might not be good enough but I would love to shoot two more 68s and see what happens.”

Caroline Hedwall and Pornanong Phatlum are tied for third place, five shots back at -5 under par, with both ladies shooting -4 under today.

Caroline was happy to be rolling in some putts;

“I’m just happy I started rolling in some putts. Today I didn’t have a single bogey, so that felt nice.”

“After China, after Xiamen, I had eight weeks off and changed my grip and been working hard on that. It’s nice that it’s paying off.”

Pornanong was not feeling too well today, but she also had a good day with the putter;

“Actually I’m a little bit sick and I just try to play like my game and trust my swing. I talk with my brother a lot to get like no pressure.”

“So today, putting very well also is the key today.”

 

 

Sanya Ladies Open. China Triumphant, Xiyu Lin Wins.

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Xiyu Lin, from China was triumphant at the Sanya Ladies Open at Yalong Bay Golf Club.

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Xiyu had a bogey free final round -7 under par 65, to win her home town tournament, defending the title she won lat year, the Sanya Ladies Open in China, with a -13 under par total;

“It’s the first time I’ve been waiting in the clubhouse to see if someone could catch me and I was so nervous.”

“I kept telling myself, whatever happens, just accept that and thank God it was a good result.”

“I just love this course so much and every hole, every fairway, every green. I need to find out why I always play well in Sanya.”

“I enjoy playing here and people are so nice. Every time I play here it’s such an enjoyable week.”

“On the last couple of holes, I was a little bit mad, because I missed a short putt on 15, I missed a birdie on 16 and then missed a putt on the last from eight feet.”

“After nine holes I was the same as last year, 10 under and I was telling myself to finish at least 15 this year, trying to make it a little bit better.”

“Unfortunately I didn’t but I gave myself lots of chances and I hit the ball very solid. I’m so glad my long game was really good and even my wedges were getting better the last couple of holes.”

In second place was 17 year-old Jing Yan, a last round -4 under par 68 gave her a -11 under par total;

“I felt like at the end if I played better there was a chance to get to that number one spot or tie it, but I’m happy with the way I held up.”

“Overall it’s been a pretty good week after what happened at the last tournament. It’s a learning experience so I tried to put that behind me and tried to think about moving forward and playing the best golf I can.”

Shanshan Feng claimed third place, a tournament total of -10 under par courtesy of a final round -2 under 70, meant that Chinese players filled the top three spots on the leaderboard. Not a bad effort for a country that has banned golf.

Shanshan said she started poorly, but was happy with the Chinese 1,2,3;

“I would say I had a rough start today. I started with a bogey on the par five and then missed a couple of greens.”

“It didn’t start the way it should have, but I made four birdies from the ninth to the 16th, so that was not bad.”

“I think that’s the first time ever. First and second place, they are both under 20, so I’m really happy to see that because the Chinese girls are doing a lot better and they are trying to catch up.”

“I feel like the pressure is off now, because they are good enough to be on the leader board. It’s not just me, I’m not lonely anymore, so I’m happy.”