Dubai Ladies Masters. Shanshan Feng Wins.

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Shanshan Feng wins the Dubai Ladies Masters title, for the fourth time in her career.

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Shanshan, from China, took the Emirates Golf Club course apart in the final round of the Dubai Ladies Masters, shooting -8 under par 64, to win the title with her -10 under par total, a two-stroke winning margin;

“I’m really happy that I actually brought out my A Game today.”

“I knew that it was going to be windy today and I knew that playing in the wind is one of my strongest parts.”

“So even though I was five behind, but you know, in the morning, I always thought that maybe I would still have a chance to win this week and I tried my best.”

“Eight under was a pretty good score.”

Charley Hull, from England finished in second place, two shots back at -8 under for the competition. A good final round -7 under par 65 not good enough to win, some putts lipped out;

“It could have been a really good score, from 13, 14, 15, the putts just edged, but my friend texted me this morning.”

“He goes, if you shoot 65 or lower, I’m going to get my kit off by the tree. So I shot 65 or lower, so he’s got to do it now!”

 “Today I kind of woke up and got into my golf game. I’ve been a bit lazy all week I felt on the golf course but today I got in there and kind of concentrated.”

“Today I did and I felt good. I holed a few putts today and I missed a lot of putts, it was on the edge. I hit a lot of good putts out there.”

“Kind of evened itself out. Hit it pretty well, pretty decent and it was really windy today. So I’m quite happy with my score in the conditions.”

Aditi Ashok, -2 under 70 today, the teenager from India, who won the previous two tournaments, came through to share third place with Florentyna Parker from England, who led at the start of play today, but she only posted -1 under 71 in the final round.

Aditi was happy with her result;

“It was pretty solid. I actually didn’t start very well today. I started, I was plus one in the first four holes but in the first four, all four were actually birdie-able with the tailwind. “

So I didn’t really make use of that. I made a par on No. 3, which is playing one shot under compared to the field. That was not so good, but it was better after, the back nine, especially. I shot 2-under on the back nine.”

“I’m happy. I shot two under three days in a row. I feel it was consistent but it could have been better. But there’s always something you can do better every week. So it’s fine. I think I’m tied third right now, so I’m happy with that.”

Florentyna was also happy with her performance overall;

“I struggled on the front nine and was two over and I finished really well, so I was three under for the last five holes. So that was really good.”

“I’m pleased and I’ll take it. I’m going on holiday tomorrow, so that’s perfect for me. I’ve had a great year and eight top tens. I’m really thrilled.”

Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, 1st Round Finally Completed, Florentyna Parker Leads

 

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The Omega Dubai Ladies Masters 1st round has finally been completed, and Florentyna Parker leads at the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club.

Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.

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Play resumed after the untimely death of a caddie yesterday, and the suspension of the round, and Florentyna, from England, shot -5 under par 67 to lead the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.

Florentyna, after starting well, sadly finished with a double bogey six, which included a three putt;

“Yesterday I started so well. I had seven birdies on the front nine and gave myself nine chances.”

“The last three years I’ve missed the cut in Dubai and it’s been very disappointing.”

“I was thinking back to 2010, when I finished fourth. I think I started with a five or six-under on the back nine, which was my front nine.”

“And I said, I need to get that feeling back and somehow do the same.”

“It was good that I made back-to-back birdies and obviously I struggled on the last two holes.”

Sophie Giquel-Bettan and Cheyenne Woods share second place, at -4 under par, after their opening rounds of 68.

Cheyenne was extremely happy with her putter performance;

“I thought I played really well, the two nines were a little different.”

“I thought I played a really solid round, hit the ball well and gave myself a lot of chances for birdies and my putter felt great, so I’m really happy with today.”

The Defending Champion, and world number four, Shanshan Feng went round in even par 72, the same score as poor Anne-Lise Caudal, whose caddie,  Max Zechmann, who was only 56 years old, passed away on the course yesterday.

Anne-Lise Caudal's caddie, Max Zechmann (seen at far right), passed away after an apparent heart attack Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Anne-Lise with caddie  Max Zechmann.

This event has been reduced to 54 holes, because of the sad events of yesterday.

CME Group Tour Championship. Shanshan Feng, Fantastic Form.

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Shanshan Feng is in fantastic form as she leads the CME Group Tour Championship after round one in Naples, Florida.

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Shanshan shot -6 under par 66 in the first round of the  CME Group Tour Championship, to top the leaderboard by one shot;

“Well, I’m normally a pretty good ball-striker, but I’m not one of the longest hitters. For me it would be hard to really stop the balls on these greens.”

 “But, I mean, I think the pin positions are still like reasonable. Like it’s not like maybe three yards over the water or over the bunker. It still gives us room to actually land it in the certain spot and have a birdie chance.”

Second place is shared by Charley Hull and So Yeon Ryu, both at -5 under after their opening rounds of 67.

So Yeon is focusing on every shot;

“So what I learned through that is I just rather more focus to like imagination. You know, just keep imagine how the ball going to fly and what shot I am going to hit instead of where is my hand going to be, my wrist.”

 “So I think you I was really struggle all year this year, but that was the biggest thing I was learn back then. I think that study was really very helpful.”

Charlie is just back from holiday, and is seeking her first LPGA Tour win;

“I always play well when I come back from holidays and stuff as well.”

“Because I don’t play well when I play too many weeks on the course because mentally I’m not there.”

“If I like,  even if I have four weeks off, I would rather have four weeks off than play four, five weeks.”

“Yeah, because when I play too much golf I kind of;  I don’t concentrate. I kind of get; I can’t explain it.” Mentally tired. If I’m back home I’m kind of refreshed.”

There are then seven ladies at -4 under par, and tied for fourth place.

World number one Lydia Ko is at -2 under, with round of 70.

Race

TOTO Japan Classic. Shanshan Wins in a Tight Finish.

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Shanshan Feng wins the TOTO Japan Classic, in a tight finish at Taiheiyo Club Minori Course in Japan, and back to back victories.

TOTO Japan Classix

Shanshan Feng

Shanshan was cruising to victory in the TOTO Japan Classic, teeing off the last with a comfortable three shot advantage at -15 under par. A wayward tee shot put her into the tree’s resulting in a double bogey six, and a one shot win at -13 under par, with a last round -2 under 70.

Shanshan said her recent good form started with her Bronz at the Olympics;

“When I was in Rio I didn’t set any goals but I knew all of the Chinese people would be watching so I made sure that I should be smiling whether I was playing well or not.”

“That really helped, because I think I had other mind sets, so I actually brought out my A-game again.”

“I finished 3rd and got my bronze medal at the Olympics and I really got my confidence back after that so I know that I’m still Shanshan and I can still win.”

Pushing hard all the way was Ha Na Jang, a final round -4 under par 68 getting her close to the leader, and in the end very close, finishing in second place at -12 under.

Tied in third at -10 under par were, best placed home player Kotone Hori, -4 under par 68 today, So Yeon Ryu,-4 under 68, defending champion Sun-Ju Ahn, -2 under 70, and Soo-Yun Kang, -1 under par 71.

 

TOTO Japan Classic. Shanshan Shines.

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Shanshan Feng shines at the TOTO Japan Classic topping the leaderboard with a new tournament record of -8 under par 64  at Taiheiyo Club Minori Course in Japan.

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Shanshan’s bogey free-8 under 64 gave her a one shot lead at the top of the TOTO Japan Classic with a -11 under par total.

Shanshan said her putting was the difference now;

“Right now my confidence level is pretty high, I know how to score.”

“The reason why I struggled in the first half of the year, I was actually hitting the ball pretty well but I didn’t know how to score.”

“Now the putting is working and even though I leave myself a 15-footer for birdie I feel comfortable to make it. So now I feel a lot more comfortable and confident on the course.”

Ariya Jutanugarn is in second place at -10 under par, her second round -4 under 68 keeping her in touch with the leader.

Ariya’s putting deserted her on the back nine;

“Front nine I made a lot of putts, so I made a few birdies.”

“The back nine my putting wasn’t that good but overall it was pretty good, my putting was just ok today.”

Third place is shared between Suzann Pettersen, -6 under 66 today, and Soo-Yun Kang, -3 under 69, both ladies are at -9 under for the competition.

Sime Darby LPGA. Shanshan Wins in Malaysia.

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Shanshan Feng, from China, wins the Sime Darby LPGA in Malaysia, at TPC Kuala Lumpur, East Course.

Sime Darby LPGA

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Shanshan had a final round -4 under par 67 to win the Sime Darby LPGA with a -17 under par total, a three shot victory;

“It feels great, my record here is really good, especially the past four years.”

“I had a very fantastic week, every time I come back here, it makes me feel like I’m at home.”

“I’m really relaxed and I love everything, love the food, love the people. So I’m really looking forward to come back every year.”

Suzann Pettersen, Norway, was in second place at -14 under par, a last round -5 under 66 moving her up the leaderboard.

Tied in third position were Amy Yang, USA, -2 under 69 today, and Anna Nordqvist, Sweden, -1 under 70. Anna dropped two shots on the final hole, a double bogey six, when par would have given her a share of second.

World number one Lydia Ko, from New Zealand, finished T12 at -8 under par with her final round of even par 71, which came apart with a double bogey 5 at the par three 15th and a bogey at the last hole.

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Amy Yang Leads.

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Amy Yang, from South Korea, leads the Sime Darby LPGA at TPC Kuala Lumpur, East Course.

Sime Derby LPGA

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Amy had a first round -8 under par 63 to lead the Sime Darby LPGA, and said she likes playing in Southeast Asia;

“I don’t know why, but I do enjoy Southeast Asia. I’d rather play in this weather than cold weather.”

“A lot of golf to play the next three days, so just going to keep being simple.”

Marina Alex is second, a first round -6 under par 65 keeping her in touch with the leader, with a great putting display;

“I putted great.”

“Obviously anyone who shoots a low number is going to say they putted well.”

“I just worked a little bit on it yesterday and I just for whatever reason, the stuff that I was working on really felt good on the course and I holed a bunch of putts.”

“Some are 20 to 30-footers, so it was really nice to see some long putts go in the hole.”

Six ladies are tied in third place at -5 under par, Michelle Wie, Mo Martin, Azahara Munoz, Jenny Shin, Shanshan Feng and Suzann Pettersen.

World number one Lydia Ko, after suddenly dumping longtime caddie, Jason Hamilton,  managed only an even par 71, to be T 30.

Lydia stated;

“I think sometimes change is a good thing.”