Feng wins in Malaysia

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Shan­shan Feng won the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia yes­ter­day to cap a string of high fin­ishes that started with an Olympic bronze medal. The 27-year-old Chi­nese star beat Suzann Pet­tersen by three strokes at TPC Kuala Lumpur for her sec­ond vic­tory in the event.

“Ev­ery time I come back here, it makes me feel like I’m at home,” Feng said. “I’m re­ally re­laxed and I love ev­ery­thing, love the food, love the peo­ple.”

She shot a 4-un­der 67 af­ter fin­ish­ing off a third-round 64 in the morn­ing. “Nor­mally, I’m a pretty good ball-striker,” Feng said. “They have some very tough greens here that we have to be more ac­cu­rate, and I think that’s good for me. And also, some­how, I al­ways read the greens here very well. So this week, I made a lot of putts.”

Feng has fin­ished no worse than a tie for fourth in her last six events. Af­ter Rio, she tied for fourth at Evian in France, then opened the Asia Swing in China with a fourth-place tie at Reign­wood, was sec­ond in Tai­wan and tied for third in South Korea.

“I started to ac­tu­ally get my con­fi­dence back,” said Feng, China’s only ma­jor golf cham­pion. Feng has an even bet­ter run go­ing at TPC Kuala Lumpur. She was sec­ond in 2013, won in 2014 and tied for sec­ond last year. She won for the fifth time on the LPGA Tour, end­ing a drought that dated to her 2014 vic­tory.

“Can I ac­tu­ally join the mem­ber­ship here?” Feng said dur­ing the tro­phy cer­e­mony. “I re­ally love this golf course. Can we have like 10 LPGA events here on this course?” Tied with Anna Nordqvist af­ter the Swede’s tap-in birdie on the par-4 13th, Feng re­gained the lead with a sweep­ing 18-foot birdie putt on the par-4 14th. She added a down­hill 15-footer on the par-3 15th, and had a three-stroke lead mo­ments later when Nordqvist three-putted the 14th. On Thurs­day, Feng made dou­bles bo­geys on 14 and 15 in an open­ing 66. She birdied both holes in the third round. “It ac­tu­ally evened out,” Feng said.

She fin­ished at 17-un­der 267 and earned $270,000 - more than enough for vic­tory cel­e­bra­tion she’s plan­ning be­fore tour­na­ment next week in Ja­pan. “I love Ja­panese food,” Feng said. “I think I’m go­ing to go for maybe - like nor­mally I go to the sec­ond-most ex­pen­sive meat - I’ll go for the meat. What I’m go­ing to do is I’m go­ing to go for the most ex­pen­sive meat next week.” Pet­tersen shot her sec­ond straight 66. The Nor­we­gian with 15 tour vic­to­ries bo­geyed the 16th and birdied the last two. On Satur­day, she had a dou­ble bo­gey on 15. “I’ve had some stupid mis­takes, prob­a­bly like ev­ery­one else and giv­ing away a lot of shots,” Pet­tersen said. “Felt like yes­ter­day I gave away a great chance of win­ning this.”

Nordqvist had a 70, hit­ting into the water on the par-4 18th for a dou­ble bo­gey that dropped her into a tie for third with Amy Yang (69) at 12 un­der. “Played so well this week,” Nordqvist said. “Fin­ish­ing with dou­ble was ob­vi­ously not what I planned. I was in-be­tween clubs on the last hole and it was kind of gust­ing out and we were go­ing back and forth. Pretty poor de­ci­sion there.” —AP

KUALA LUMPUR: Shan­shan Feng of China holds her tro­phy up dur­ing a vic­tory lap af­ter win­ning the LPGA golf tour­na­ment at Tour­na­ment Play­ers Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, yes­ter­day. —AP

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