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Sunday
Nov122017

ShanShan: China Gets Its First No. 1 Player

With her third win at the LPGA's Blue Bay event on Hainan Island, Shanshan Feng becomes China's first player to top a world ranking. The bronze medalist in Rio understood the gravity of her win and also made light (at least in my reading) of the chaotic, course-closing, anti-golf madness that is hurting golf in China.

From Beth Ann Nichols' Golfweek.com report:

“I finished first in China, so I actually claimed the world No. 1 in front of all the people at home,” said Feng. “So I’m really happy about that, and I hope all the Chinese are going to be watching me, and the Chinese can play golf. Hopefully there will be more Chinese getting on the tours and more world No. 1’s coming up from China.”

Feng, a bronze medalist at the 2016 Olympics, closed with a 70 at the Blue Bay LPGA event on Hainan Island to win by one stroke over Moriya Jutanugarn. The elder Jutanugarn sister lipped out a short birdie putt on the final hole that would’ve forced a playoff. Earlier this season, Ariya Jutanugarn became the first player from Thailand to reach No. 1.

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Reader Comments (8)

Five number ones this year, shows how close the women are. It may be because with fewer tournaments the best turn up even outside their majors. When watching them live it's usually a case of which top players aren't there rather than which are. An amazing change since Inbee and Lydia dominated for several years.
Her 67 in the wind when the field shot almost 76 was impressive.
11.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDon
Love her golf swing.
11.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterWorthington
China, the future Home of Golf?
11.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
This girl can flat hit the ball. Gotta love those bovine prints too.
11.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJupiter
This article shows Shanshan Feng's ablity. He is best player.
11.13.2017 | Unregistered Commenterkanchan
I remember when Stacy went to the first Chinese tournament for women, they booed her ceaselessly on the last whole, absolutely the worst thing I ever saw...Shen Shen has one swing for every shot, it's all she knows...no matter the yardage. There are super swings on the tour, hers is not one of them.
11.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoute 66
She is a total delight! Happy for her,!
11.15.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

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