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.

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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.”

 

 

LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship. Play-Off Win For Carlota

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There was a play-off win for Carlota Ciganda at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship on the Sky 72 Golf & Country Club, Ocean Course in South Korea.

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1st time winner Carlota Ciganda / getty

This win was Carlota’s maiden LPGA Tour victory, and a come from behind win.

Carlotta carded -2 under par 70 in the final round to post a club house lead at -10 under par. Alison Lee could not hang on to her three shot lead, at the start of play, scoring a miserable +3 over par 75 in the last round, but it did get her into the play-off.

Carlota made birdie at the first play-off hole, the par five 18th, Alison could only post par, pushing her back into second place.

Tied in third place were Shanshan Feng, -2 under 70 today, and Min-Sun Kim, -1 under 71, both ladies had -8 under par totals.

Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. Ha Na Hangs On To Win.

 

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Ha Na Jang hangs on in Taipei to win the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship, at Miramar Golf & Country Club.

Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship

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 Ha Na took nine more shots to complete the final round a 71, than she needed yesterday in the second, 62. But it was still good enough to win the Taiwan LPGA Championship with a -17 under par total, a one shot victory;

“I was like nervous every hole, Shanshan really good play today.”

She make birdie hole No. 15; chip in. It’s like, Oooo, awesome. Like that.”

“After 15 hole I am very nervous, but I am trying talk about myself just be patient. Just you play. Don’t think about other player. Just play.”

“That’s why I got very nervous. And then I’m just simple every hole because weather is just so bad.”

“And then just keep going the fairway and the green. That’s why great score, too. Really happy today. Thank you.”

“Yesterday my agent and all the people text me say just try small celebration. Please just you try it.”

“That’s why I got try a little more small one. But I think it’s really good.”

“Celebration is a little small but looks like a little bigger. It’s like dancing, I like it, I like it like that. So happy, right?”

Chasing the leader down was Shanshan Feng, a last round -6 under par  66, the low round of the day, came so close, finishing in second place with her -16 under par total, a great effort on her part.

Hyo Joo Kim, -3 under 69 today and Brooke Henderson, -2 under 70 tied for third place at -10 under par.