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.”

L.E.T. Buick Championship. Shanshan Cruises To Win.

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Shanshan Feng cruises to a win at the Buick Championship at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club.

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A final round -2 under par 70 gave Shanshan the victory at the Buick Championship with a total of -17 under par for the tournament, a six stroke winning margin. A very dominant performance, and she is now predicted to move up to fourth place on the Women’s World Rankings.

Shanshan was pleased to win in China, and especially her own sponsors trophy;

“This is not my first time winning in China. I think this is my third time and second time on the LET. I’m really honored to win my sponsor’s tournament.”

She and her amateur partner Liang Zhang also won the team Pro-Am competition, which was running simultaneously over the last two rounds of the competition.

Hyeon Seo Kang finished in second place at -11 under par following her last round -3 under par 69. There was no way she was ever going to catch Shanshan in this competition.

Third place went to Nicole Broch Larsen with her tournament total of -8 under par, a -2 under par 70 last round made no dent in the massive lead of Shanshan.

Nicole enjoyed recording a career best finish in only her second year as a L.E.T. member.

“I came into this week with not my best game but I practiced a lot and it went well.”

“The first two days I didn’t make too many putts but Saturday was the perfect day. I shot seven under and holed a bunker shot and a wedge shot.”

“It was nice putting myself in this position and today started with four birdies in the first five holes, which was really nice.”

First round leader Stacy Keating, who started the week with a course record 63 tied for fourth place, along with Amy Boulden, Wichanee Meechai, Marianne Skarpnord and Margherita Rigon.

Amy thinks she was too bold with some of her putts, but will take away the positives from the week;

“The front nine I played solid golf. I was hitting it close and making some solid putts then on the back nine I just got a bit aggressive with my putts.”

“It was a good week for me. I feel like my game is in good shape and I don’t feel far away. I’m happy with my performance and I got better each round.”

“Although my score wasn’t as good today I got to five under and it could have been a really low round today so I’m just taking the positives away.”

L.E.T. Buick Championship. Shanshan Stretches Lead.

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Shanshan Feng stretches her lead in the Buick Championship to seven shots at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club in China.

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Shanshan carded a third round -3 under par 69 to extend her lead in the Buick Championship to a massive seven strokes going into the final round tomorrow with a -15 under par total.

After the cut was made the leading 50 players and ties on Friday evening, the professionals were drawn with amateur partners for the additional team better ball competition being played simultaneously over the weekend,  a somewhat novel format on the Ladies European Tour which has excited both the professionals and amateurs.

Shanshan said she was initially apprehensive about playing alongside an amateur;

“I would say at the beginning I was a little bit nervous. It was my first time playing with amateurs in the same group in a professional tournament, so that was fun.”

“After a few holes I thought my amateur did really well, because he saved me maybe two shots on the first three holes.”

“He did very well and then I started to be more relaxed and make birdies. The bogey on the last hole was a little sad but I still did pretty well overall.”

Sharing second place are Hyeon Seo Kang and Marianne Skarpnord, they are both at -8 under par for the tournament.

Marianne said she had been putting very well, on the front nine;

“I’ve been putting well on the front nine, both yesterday and today but on the back nine it’s like it goes cold and I don’t make anything.”

“I had four or five putts within three and a half metres on the back nine and didn’t make any of them, so it was not completely useless but could have been a lot better.”

Charley Hull is in a large group back at -5 under par, with all thoughts of winning gone, she was happy to have some fun playing with the amateurs;

 “I played a lot better because I hit more fairways with my driver so it was easier for me to hole putts because there was less pressure on myself.”

“I enjoyed the format, because it was nice and not too intense playing with an amateur, so that was fun.”

 

L.E.T. Buick Championship. Shanshan Soars in Shanghai

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Shanshan Feng soars in Shanghai at the Buick Championship on the Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club course.

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Shanshan shot a second round -5 under par 67 at the Buick Championship to reach a -12 under par 36 hole total, and a six shot lead at the top of the leaderboard.

The tough conditions today did not seem to bother her too much;

“Today the conditions were tougher than yesterday but the greens were still kind of a little softer, which helped a lot, because the wind picked up.”

“I misjudged the wind a few times for distance and made a three putt on the second hole, but I made two birdies right after it and I was back in the game.”

“I think five under was a pretty good score today.”

Xiyu Lin and first round leader Stacey Keating are in second place both at -5 under par. Stacy carded a horror round, she went from -9 under par 63 yesterday to +3 over par 75 today.

Stacy blamed the tough conditions for her fall;

“It was obviously very different score wise, but it was very, very tough out there today.”

“It was blowing an absolute gale from my second or third hole. Three over is not the best score but I did make some birdies out there.”

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Xiyu Lin was happy with her round but did miss a couple of makeable putts;

“Today was windy so I’m happy with the score.”

“My game was pretty good, especially my long game. I’m making some swing changes so I’m glad the ball is still under control.”

“On the back nine I had a couple of bad putts and missed about five birdie chances from within three yards. I think tomorrow will be better because I’m going to practice.”

Rainfall is expected overnight, and the forecasts predict a few showers on Saturday morning but it will be mostly dry for the weekend.