Feng wins in Malaysia as Ko fiz­zles

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

CHINA’S Feng Shan­shan won her sec­ond Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia ti­tle in three years as a fi­nal-round charge from world No. 1 Ly­dia Ko of New Zealand fiz­zled yes­ter­day.

Feng, who won in 2014, had stormed into the lead with a seven-un­der par 64 in a rain­in­ter­rupted third round that forced her and sev­eral oth­ers to wait un­til early yes­ter­day to fin­ish up.

She then started the fi­nal round with a bo­gey on the first hole but re­gained her foot­ing to fin­ish at 17-un­der for a three-stroke win over Nor­way’s Suzann Pet­tersen at TPC Kuala Lumpur.

With the win, the ebul­lient Feng ended a two-year ti­tle drought.

“It’s re­ally good, es­pe­cially in the last four years where I fin­ished sec­ond, first, sec­ond, first here,” she said.

“Even though I only im­proved one spot, I think I’ve had a fan­tas­tic week com­ing back here. Makes me feel like I’m at home.”

“I re­ally love this golf course. And ac­tu­ally can we have like 10 LPGA events here on this course?”

Feng had fin­ished in the top five in her four pre­vi­ous tour­na­ments lead­ing up to the event.

Ko strug­gled early in the tour­na­ment but jumped into con­tention after shoot­ing 65 on Satur­day. She made a run on Sun­day with three birdies on the front nine but her hopes evap­o­rated when she dou­ble-bo­geyed 15, and later bo­geyed the fi­nal hole to fin­ish at eigh­tun­der with a clos­ing even-par 71.

Ko, 19, hasn’t won since the Marathon Clas­sic in July.

“I think there’s still a lot of pos­i­tives out there,” said Ko, who used a Malaysian cad­die for the tour­na­ment after part­ing ways with her Aus­tralian bag­man Ja­son Hamilton ear­lier this month.

Feng pock­ets a $270,000 (RM1.13m) prize for the tour­na­ment. Anna Nordqvist of Swe­den and South Korea’s Amy Yang ended up tied for third at 12-un­der par. – AFP

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2016 win­ner, Feng Shan­shan (L) pos­ing with Malaysia’s best ama­teur, Ash­ley Lau at the TPC Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day. –

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