Feng clinches record Dubai Ladies Mas­ters

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De­fend­ing cham­pion Feng Shan­shan won a record fourth Dubai Ladies Mas­ters ti­tle yes­ter­day fol­low­ing a bril­liant eight-un­der par fi­nal round 64.

The 27-year-old from China started the day five shots be­hind overnight leader Felicity Johnson of Eng­land. But she claimed back-to-back ti­tles fin­ish­ing on a 10-un­der par to­tal of 206 as the lead­ers fell by the way­side on a windy day at the Ma­jlis course of Emi­rates Golf Club.

Feng, the high­est ranked player in the field at world No4, was chased home by Eng­land’s Charley Hull sec­ond at eigh­tun­der par fol­low­ing a 65. In­dia’s Aditi Ashok signed off a bril­liant sea­son tied for third place with Eng­land’s Floren­tyna Parker at six-un­der par 210 in the tour­na­ment that was re­duced to 54 holes fol­low­ing the death of cad­die Max­i­m­il­ian Zech­mann on the open­ing day Wed­nes­day.

Amer­i­can Beth Allen won the LET Order of Merit crown, while Ashok was the Rookie of the Year. Feng made the most of the early holes play­ing down­wind, mak­ing four birdies in a row from the sec­ond on­wards, and then had an­other fan­tas­tic stretch from the dif­fi­cult par-4 ninth on­wards, as she added three more to her tally. “I’m re­ally happy that I ac­tu­ally brought out my ‘A game’ to­day,” said Feng. “I knew that it was go­ing to be windy and I knew that play­ing in the wind is one of my strong­est parts. So even though I was five be­hind, 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.”

Hull, who won her first LPGA Tour ti­tle three weeks ago at the CME Group Tour Cham­pi­onship, had a sim­i­lar story to Feng. Af­ter two quiet days, the 21-year-old from Woburn caught fire and posted a bo­geyfree 65. “To­day, I kind of woke up and got into my golf game. I’ve been a bit lazy all week on the golf course, but to­day I got in there and kind of con­cen­trated,” said the world No18.

“I holed a few putts to­day and I missed a lot of putts. I hit it pretty well and it was re­ally windy to­day. So I’m quite happy with my score in them con­di­tions.”

Ashok, who shot a third con­sec­u­tive round of 70 with four birdies and two bo­geys, was happy with her fin­ish, although dis­ap­pointed that she could not make the most of the first four holes that played easy yes­ter­day. “It was pretty solid. I ac­tu­ally didn’t start very well to­day. I was one-over in the first four holes when all four were ac­tu­ally birdieable with the tail­wind. So I didn’t re­ally make use of that,” said the Olympian who also qual­i­fied for the LPGA Tour next year.

Allen, who won twice in the sea­son be­fore fin­ish­ing tied 55th at six-over this week, topped the LET Money List with 313,079 eu­ros ($330,000), while Ashok was sec­ond in the stand­ings at EUR206,665. The event was marred by the death of 56-year-old Zech­mann who was cad­dy­ing for France’s Anne-Lise Cau­dal when he col­lapsed on the 13th fair­way on the first day. — AFP

DUBAI: Shan­shan Feng of China holds the tro­phy af­ter she won the Dubai Ladies Mas­ters golf tour­na­ment in Dubai, United Arab Emi­rates, yes­ter­day. — AP

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