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Round 4 - Feng claims 6-stroke victory in China

May 10, 2015
Shanshan Feng, 2015 Buick Championship

Shanshan Feng shrugged off a double bogey on the first hole in her final round and strode to a six stroke victory in the Buick Championship at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club in China.

Seven in front overnight, the world number five closed with a two-under 70 in breezy conditions to finish at 17 under and collect her first title of the 2015 season in her home country.

“This is not my first time winning in China. I think this is my third time and second time on the LET. I’m really honoured to win my sponsor’s tournament,” said Feng, after sealing her fourth individual title on the Ladies European Tour (LET) and her 13th in total.

South Korea’s Hyeon So Kang, a joint runner-up at the LET’s Indian Open in 2014, returned a final round of 69 to take solo second place on 11 under par, three ahead of Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen, who recorded a career best finish in her second year as an LET member.

“I came into this week with not my best game but I practised a lot and it went well,” said Larsen, a two-time winner on the 2013 LET Access Series.

“The first two days I didn’t make too many putts but Saturday was the perfect day. I shot seven under and holed a bunker shot and a wedge shot. It was nice putting myself in this position and today started with four birdies in the first five holes, which was really nice.”

First round leader Stacey Keating, who opened with a course record 63, tied for fourth place with Amy Boulden from Wales, Thailand’s Wichanee Meechai, Norway’s Marianne Skarpnord and Italian Margherita Rigon, who earned her career best finish in 12 years as a professional.

“I’m very happy because my long game was very good but the difference was my putting. I holed a few important putts and that was the key,” said Rigon, who reverted to using an old putter for the tournament.

Boulden was tied for second on 10 under after 11 holes before dropping shots on the back nine. She said: “The front nine I played solid golf. I was hitting it close and making some solid putts then on the back nine I just got a bit aggressive with my putts.

“It was a good week for me. I feel like my game is in good shape and I don’t feel far away. I’m happy with my performance and I got better each round. Although my score wasn’t as good today I got to five under and it could have been a really low round today so I’m just taking the positives away.”

Feng admitted to feeling nervous after her shaky start, but the 25-year-old from Guangzhou kept the title firmly within her grasp. Although her lead was cut from seven strokes to three after Kang birdied the first two holes, she immediately hit back with birdies on the third and fourth. She remedied a bogey on the sixth with another birdie on seven and was two under on the back nine after a pair of bogeys on holes 11 and 14 against four birdies on 10, 15, 17 and 18.

With a comfortable victory, Feng collected Buick’s Winged Goddess Trophy and a first prize cheque for USD $82,500. She and her amateur partner Liang Zhang also won the team Pro-Am competition running simultaneously over the last two rounds and she therefore earned an additional team prize of USD $15,000, with her total earnings from the day USD $97,500 (approximately 87,000 euros).

After her dominant performance, Feng is now predicted to move up to fourth place on the Women’s World Rankings, ahead of South Korean Hyo-Joo Kim.

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Round 3 - Feng enters final round with 7-stroke lead

May 09, 2015
Shanshan Feng, R3 Buick Championship 2015

China’s world No.5 Shanshan Feng shot a third round of three under par 69 in cool and cloudy conditions to extend her lead to seven strokes going into the final round of the Buick Championship.

The 25-year-old from Guangzhou fired five birdies between a pair of bogeys on the first and 18th holes at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club.

At 15 under par, she holds a seven stroke lead over Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord and South Korean Hyeon Seo Kang. A 65 from Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark took her into solo fourth place on six under par.

Britons Charley Hull and Amy Boulden, who won the 2014 LET Order of Merit and Rookie of the Year awards respectively, both fired 67s to share sixth place in a group on five under par.

After the cut was made the leading 50 players and ties on Friday evening, the professionals were drawn with amateur partners for the additional team better ball competition being played simultaneously over the weekend. It’s a novel format on the Ladies European Tour which has excited both the professionals and amateurs.

After her third round, Feng commented: “I would say at the beginning I was a little bit nervous. It was my first time playing with amateurs in the same group in a professional tournament, so that was fun. After a few holes I thought my amateur did really well, because he saved me maybe two shots on the first three holes. He did very well and then I started to be more relaxed and make birdies. The bogey on the last hole was a little sad but I still did pretty well overall.”

While Feng picked up three birdies on the back nine, Skarpnord’s 69 included five birdies on the front nine, including four in a row from the sixth hole, against two bogeys on the third and 16th.

“I’ve been putting well on the front nine, both yesterday and today but on the back nine it’s like it goes cold and I don’t make anything,” said the Australia-based 29-year-old. “I had four or five putts within three and a half metres on the back nine and didn’t make any of them, so it was not completely useless but could have been a lot better.”

Kang also had a 69 and birdied her last two holes to join Skarpnord on eight under par. The second year China LPGA Tour player, 27, from Pusan, made a three feet putt on the 17th green before rolling in a putt of 20 feet on the last hole.

Another player on form was second year Ladies European Tour member, Broch Larsen, who had two eagles in her third round, on the par 5 fourth and 13th holes.

A stroke further back, Hull was well pleased to be back in the top ten. “I played a lot better because I hit more fairways with my driver so it was easier for me to hole putts because there was less pressure on myself,” said Hull, who has not finished outside the top ten on the Ladies European Tour so far in 2015. “I enjoyed the format, because it was nice and not too intense playing with an amateur, so that was fun.”

Round 2 - Feng slips well ahead of rivals in Shanghai

May 08, 2015
Shanshan Feng, R2 Buick Championship 2015

World number five Shanshan Feng of China shot a second round of five under par 67 in windy conditions to take a six stroke lead at the halfway stage of the Buick Championship at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club.

On a total of 12 under par, Feng was well ahead of her nearest rivals, Xiyu Lin of China and first round leader Stacey Keating from Australia, while Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord and South Korean Hyeon Seo Kang were a stroke further behind.

Conditions were tougher than the first round and scores were generally higher due to winds of 15-20 miles per hour throughout the day.

Playing under grey skies, in temperatures from 22-26C, Feng bogeyed the second hole but immediately recovered with birdies on the third, fourth, eighth, ninth, 14th and 17th holes.

The 25-year-old from Guangzhou said: “Today the conditions were tougher than yesterday but the greens were still kind of a little softer, which helped a lot, because the wind picked up. I misjudged the wind a few times for distance and made a three putt on the second hole, but I made two birdies right after it and I was back in the game. I think five under was a pretty good score today.”

Fellow Guangzhou native Lin, who won the Sanya Ladies Open in November, was solid from tee to green but missed several birdie putts for a level par 72.

She said: “Today was windy so I’m happy with the score. My game was pretty good, especially my long game. I’m making some swing changes so I’m glad the ball is still under control. On the back nine I had a couple of bad putts and missed about five birdie chances from within three yards. I think tomorrow will be better because I’m going to practise.”

Earlier in the day, Keating followed her first round 63 with a 75 containing a double bogey on the second, five bogeys and four birdies. She said: “It was obviously very different score wise, but it was very, very tough out there today. It was blowing an absolute gale from my second or third hole. Three over is not the best score but I did make some birdies out there.”

Keating said that she was looking forward to being joined by an amateur partner in the Pro-Am style event running alongside the individual stroke play tournament over the weekend. The two-time Ladies European Tour tournament winner was also relishing the prospect of playing with Chinese star Feng. “I’d love nothing more than to be paired with her.”

As the second round drew to a close, the skies opened and 14-20mm of rainfall is expected overnight. Forecasts are for a few showers on Saturday morning but mostly dry for the weekend.

Round 1 - Keating beats Fengs new record to take lead in China

May 07, 2015
Stacey Keating, R1 Buick Championship 2015

Australian Stacey Keating fired a course record nine under par 63 at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club on Thursday to take a two stroke lead over the world number five Shanshan Feng after the first round of the Buick Championship.

Keating had just 23 putts in her career low round, which featured 10 birdies, including seven in eight holes from the seventh. The only blemish on her card was a solitary bogey on the par-four 10th in the middle of her magic run.

“I hit the ball nicely from tee to green but I holed a lot of putts and got a bit lucky at times. When it’s your day, it’s your day I guess,” said the 28-year-old from Melbourne. “I had a bunker shot at the last and it hit the pin and finished right next to it whereas on any other day it probably would have run off the green.”

Keating’s previous low round on the Ladies European Tour was an eight under par 62 at Chantaco Golf Club which eventually led to her collecting her second title at the 2012 Lacoste Ladies’ Open de France.

She continued: “I love the course, it’s in great condition and it feels like nobody has played it. I like China and it’s very easy from Australia with not much time difference.”

Two strokes back on seven under par, China’s Feng made a great start when she made a 20 yard putt for eagle on the par-five 13th, playing as her fourth hole. She sealed her flawless round with five additional birdies on the 15th, 17th, 18th, fourth and sixth holes.

“I feel very lucky that they watered the greens last night because the greens were not as firm,” said the 2014 OMEGA Dubai Ladies Masters champion. “When we were playing in the Pro-Am and practice round, I could not stop the ball on the greens, even with my wedge. I think today it really helped and I had a lot of birdie chances so overall I did pretty well.”

China’s Xiyu Lin fired a six under par 66 to sit in third place. She held the early lead after eight birdies in 16 holes, but double bogeyed her last hole after hooking her tee shot into the river on the par-four ninth.

The recent Sanya Ladies Open champion said: “Today I didn’t really think I could have that many birdies: I was just trying to have a good strategy and trying to hit the ball to the widest place.”

There was huge excitement around the course when Victoria Lovelady from Brazil made a hole in one at the 16th, playing as her seventh hole. She used a hybrid 5 club to ace the hole from 187 yards, winning a Buick GL8 car.

This is the Ladies European Tour’s first visit to Shanghai, but many of the local players competed in the Buick Invitational last year, which was a China LPGA Tour event.

She added: “I feel extremely blessed to be playing this sport, to be part of the LET and to be able to come to China to play. Not many people have that chance. I want to thank the people who invited me here. Coming from Brazil, a country of 200 million where only 15,000 people play golf, I feel extremely blessed to be one of them and representing my country in this fantastic tournament in amazing conditions on this great course.”

Scores

Pos. Player R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Score Prize Money
1 Shanshan FENG 65 67 69 70 -17 271 € 72,880.50
2 Hyeon Seo KANG 72 67 69 69 -11 277 € 49,315.81
3 Nicole BROCH LARSEN 71 74 65 70 -8 280 € 34,010.90
4 Amy BOULDEN 74 70 67 70 -7 281 € 18,113.23
4 Marianne SKARPNORD 69 70 69 73 -7 281 € 18,113.23
4 Margherita RIGON 69 74 68 70 -7 281 € 18,113.23
4 Stacey KEATING 63 75 75 68 -7 281 € 18,113.23
4 Wichanee MEECHAI 69 72 73 67 -7 281 € 18,113.23
9 Ursula WIKSTROM 75 69 70 68 -6 282 € 10,349.03
9 Ai-Chen KUO 68 73 70 71 -6 282 € 10,349.03
11 Rebecca ARTIS 71 69 71 72 -5 283 € 8,616.09
11 Pamela PRETSWELL 71 71 70 71 -5 283 € 8,616.09
11 Tzu-Chi LIN 70 71 71 71 -5 283 € 8,616.09
14 Liz YOUNG 73 72 68 71 -4 284 € 7,652.45
14 Ziqi YE 70 72 71 71 -4 284 € 7,652.45
16 Florentyna PARKER 71 74 68 72 -3 285 € 7,190.88
16 Xiyu LIN 66 72 75 72 -3 285 € 7,190.88
18 Nanna Koerstz MADSEN 71 74 67 74 -2 286 € 6,057.18
18 Anne-Lise CAUDAL 72 73 72 69 -2 286 € 6,057.18
18 Ssu-Chia CHENG 69 76 71 70 -2 286 € 6,057.18
18 Beth ALLEN 69 75 69 73 -2 286 € 6,057.18
18 Charley HULL 72 72 67 75 -2 286 € 6,057.18
18 So-Young JANG 68 74 73 71 -2 286 € 6,057.18
18 Pavarisa YOKTUAN 69 74 70 73 -2 286 € 6,057.18
18 Pei-Yun CHIEN 69 71 74 72 -2 286 € 6,057.18
18 Bo Bea KIM 72 69 70 75 -2 286 € 6,057.18
27 Diana LUNA 69 77 71 70 -1 287 € 5,101.64
27 Linda WESSBERG 71 71 74 71 -1 287 € 5,101.64
27 Yan-Hong PAN 72 74 70 71 -1 287 € 5,101.64
30 Maria BALIKOEVA 71 74 68 75 E 288 € 4,810.11
31 Sally WATSON 70 75 71 73 1 289 € 4,518.59
31 Wei Wei ZHANG 72 74 71 72 1 289 € 4,518.59
31 Narisara KERDRIT 70 73 74 72 1 289 € 4,518.59
34 Victoria LOVELADY 71 75 72 72 2 290 € 4,154.19
34 Isabelle BOINEAU 73 73 73 71 2 290 € 4,154.19
36 Whitney HILLIER 70 75 71 76 4 292 € 3,789.79
36 Marion RICORDEAU 74 70 72 76 4 292 € 3,789.79
36 Hsin Ning YEH 72 73 73 74 4 292 € 3,789.79
39 Noora TAMMINEN 74 69 75 75 5 293 € 3,352.50
39 Hong TIAN 70 76 72 75 5 293 € 3,352.50
39 Jienalin ZHANG 71 73 74 75 5 293 € 3,352.50
39 Man JIN 72 74 74 73 5 293
43 Rebecca HUDSON 70 74 72 78 6 294 € 3,085.27
43 Stacy Lee BREGMAN 75 71 74 74 6 294 € 3,085.27
43 Dan LI 68 76 76 74 6 294 € 3,085.27
43 Georgia HALL 70 72 78 74 6 294 € 3,085.27
47 Cai Zhu GUO 75 71 75 74 7 295 € 2,963.81
48 Carly BOOTH 71 74 76 75 8 296 € 2,890.93
48 Klara SPILKOVA 72 73 76 75 8 296 € 2,890.93
50 Malene JORGENSEN 74 69 78 76 9 297 € 2,818.05
51 Jade SCHAEFFER 71 73 81 74 11 299 € 2,672.29
51 Tanaporn KONGKIATKRAI 72 73 76 78 11 299 € 2,672.29
51 Rungthiwa PANGJAN 69 75 78 77 11 299 € 2,672.29
CUT
54 Stephanie NA 73 74 3 147
54 Nikki GARRETT 73 74 3 147
54 Yu Yang ZHANG 76 71 3 147
54 Yuting SHI 71 76 3 147
54 Na ZHANG 72 75 3 147
59 Tonje DAFFINRUD 75 73 4 148
59 Valentine DERREY 73 75 4 148
59 Sha WU 72 76 4 148
59 Melissa REID 74 74 4 148
59 Sophie WALKER 78 70 4 148
59 Vikki LAING 75 73 4 148
59 Nontaya SRISAWANG 73 75 4 148
59 Panpan YAN 76 72 4 148
59 Li Ying YE 74 74 4 148
59 Yu-Ling HSIEH 70 78 4 148
59 Yue Xia LU 74 74 4 148
70 Fabienne IN-ALBON 74 75 5 149
70 Camilla LENNARTH 73 76 5 149
70 Titiya PLUCKSATAPORN 73 76 5 149
73 Ann-Kathrin LINDNER 71 79 6 150
73 JiaYi ZHOU 73 77 6 150
73 Sophie GIQUEL-BETTAN 76 74 6 150
73 Hsuan-Ping CHANG 72 78 6 150
77 Liqing CHEN 74 77 7 151
77 Saraporn CHAMCHOI 75 76 7 151
77 Michelle KOH 74 77 7 151
77 Jaruporn PALAKAWONG NA AYUTTHAYA 75 76 7 151
77 Wannasiri SIRISAMPANT 76 75 7 151
77 Aunchisa UTAMA 72 79 7 151
77 Yan LIU 75 76 7 151
84 Ajira NUALRAKSA 74 78 8 152
84 Pimpadsorn SANGKAGARO 73 79 8 152
84 Yuli SHI 75 77 8 152
84 Yifan JI 73 79 8 152
88 Lei YE 72 81 9 153
88 Nina HOLLEDER 77 76 9 153
88 Huei Ju SHIH 77 76 9 153
88 Qi Feng XIAO 73 80 9 153
88 Ji YANG 76 77 9 153
93 Becky BREWERTON 75 79 10 154
94 Kylie WALKER 78 77 11 155
94 Pennapa PULSAWATH 77 78 11 155
96 Hannah BURKE 76 80 12 156
96 Ling Ling TAN 81 75 12 156
96 Aretha PAN 78 78 12 156
96 Yezhou LIN 80 76 12 156
100 Kusuma MEECHAI 77 80 13 157
101 Danting CAI 76 83 15 159
101 Tiranan YOOPAN 78 81 15 159
103 Jingwen ZHANG 83 77 16 160
104 Xing'e WANG 84 87 27 171
105 Holly CLYBURN 74 2 74
106 Meng-Chu CHEN 53 6 53
107 Hathaikarn WONGWAIKIJPHAISAL 85 13 85
108 Connie CHEN 78 71 14 149

 

Preview

DATES:  May 07-10
SITE:  Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf, China
PRIZE MONEY: €557,000




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