Feng looks to ex­tend dom­i­na­tion in Dubai

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

China’s world num­ber four Shan­shan Feng will look to ex­tend her dom­i­na­tion in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, the sea­so­nend­ing cham­pi­onship of the Ladies Euro­pean Tour, when she seeks a fourth ti­tle in last five years. Feng is the high­est ranked player in the field, which also boasts of two-time ma­jor cham­pion Suzann Pet­tersen of Nor­way and Eng­land’s Charley Hull, a win­ner on the LPGA Tour a fort­night ago.

How­ever, the thrill of a sea­son-end­ing cham­pi­onship will be slightly di­min­ished this year, with both Or­der of Merit and Rookie of the Year awards al­ready de­cided.

Amer­i­can Beth Allen, who won back-to­back ti­tles in France and Abu Dhabi, leads the Or­der of Merit with earn­ings of 311,391 eu­ros and her lead at the top is in­sur­mount­able in the half mil­lion euro tour­na­ment that of­fers a win­ning cheque of 75,000 eu­ros.

In­dia’s 18-year-old Aditi Ashok, who is hav­ing a sen­sa­tional sea­son, is placed sec­ond in the Or­der of Merit, hav­ing won her last two tour­na­ments - the In­dian Open and the Qatar Open. Her earn­ings of 180,415 eu­ros can­not be matched by sec­ond-placed Spain’s Nuria It­turios even if she wins on Satur­day.

Both Allen and Aditi were ex­pected to reach Dubai late on Tues­day for the tour­na­ment start­ing Wed­nes­day, as they par­tic­i­pated in the fi­nal stage of the LPGA Tour Qual­i­fy­ing School in Florida that fin­ished on Sunday. Allen fin­ished in­side the top-20 and se­cured a cat­e­gory 12 card for next year, while Ashok was tied 23rd and will have a cat­e­gory 17 sta­tus.

Feng has turned around her game af­ter a poor start to the sea­son. She won the bronze medal in the Rio Olympic Games, and there­after, she hasn’t fin­ished out­side the top-10 in her last seven starts.

And Feng said she was keep­ing her goals mod­est, as she does at ev­ery tour­na­ment. “Top-five. It’s like I said ear­lier, I never set a goal that will re­ally put me un­der a lot of pres­sure. Go­ing for a top-five is some­thing I feel quite com­fort­able do­ing it, so I think that’s maybe my goal right now,” said the trail­blaz­ing 27-year-old Chi­nese, who won the tour­na­ment last year by a whop­ping 12 shots af­ter shoot­ing 21-un­der par.

The tour­na­ment also fea­tures Cheyenne Woods, niece of 14-time ma­jor cham­pion Tiger Woods, who made his come­back to tour­na­ment golf af­ter nearly 16 months of in­jury lay-off.—AFP

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