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Round 4 - Back-to-back victories for Shanshan Feng

November 11, 2017
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Shanshan Feng has won the Blue Bay LPGA, her third title of the season. Feng is the first player to have back-to-back wins this year and the second to win more than twice. IK Kim has also won three times. Feng is projected to become the Rolex Rankings No.1. She would be the first Chinese player, male or female, to reach the top of the world rankings. This is Feng's second win in China, her first came in 2013 at the Reignwood LPGA Classic in Beijing.

“I'm really, really excited and very proud of myself and I think it's special because I won this tournament to become world No. 1. I finished first in China, so I actually claimed the world No. 1 in front of all the people at home,” said Feng of what the win means to her. “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.”

Moriya Jutanugarn came in second after a birdie putt on the last hole lipped out.

“I was just trying to give myself a chance,” she said of her final putt. “It's a pretty good chance out there. As long as I try to give myself a chance, I think it's a pretty good thing to do.”

Pos.
Player
Scores
Total
To Par
Prize Money
1
Shanshan Feng
69 - 67 - 73 - 70
279
-9
$315,000.00
2
Moriya Jutanugarn
69 - 73 - 68 - 70
280
-8
$192,550.00
3T
Megan Khang
71 - 72 - 73 - 68
284
-4
$101,467.00
3T
Jessica Korda
71 - 72 - 70 - 71
284
-4
$101,467.00
3T
Sung Hyun Park
68 - 76 - 68 - 72
284
-4
$101,467.00
3T
Ashleigh Buhai
67 - 68 - 76 - 73
284
-4
$101,467.00

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Round 3 - Shanshan Feng takes 54-hole lead on another windy day

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Shanshan Feng made the most of the windy conditions on another high scoring day in China. Her 1-over par 73 was enough to move her to the top of the leaderboard one shot ahead of Moriya Jutanugarn.

“Overall, I'm happy with my performance today,” said Feng. “Given that today was actually very, very windy, I really held up ground, especially with my approach shots to the greens. Obviously I made a lot of mistakes, and I had a lot of recovery shots as well. But overall, I'm happy with the past three days' performance.”

Feng has won the last two LPGA tournaments and another win on Sunday could move her up to No.1 on the Rolex Rankings ahead of new No.1 Sung Hyun Park.

“I think this is something… I really don't want to think about because this is something that could happen after the conclusion (of the tournament),” said Feng of her chance at getting to world No. 1. “All I can do is to do my best, play shot by shot and be focused and be concentrated. It's going to be a joy tomorrow.”

Jutanugarn shot a 4-under par 68 managing seven birdies on a tough day.

“It's been pretty solid so far this week,” she said. “It just helps to be patient a lot on this golf course. Some lucky bounce and just… it's golf. I'm really enjoying this week so far.”

Jutanugarn has had a good year with ten top-10 finishes including a tie for fifth in Japan two weeks ago, two third places and one second place but no wins so far.

Overnight leader Ashleigh Buhai played 4-over 76 and moved down to third place.

“It was quite a frustrating day,” admitted Buhai. “I felt like I actually hit a lot of shots like I wanted to, but the conditions just got really tough, especially on the back nine. The greens firmed up a lot. I know I didn't hit bad shots, so I can't be too disappointed. Just going to keep doing what I was doing.”

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Shanshan Feng
-7
69
67
73
209
2
Moriya Jutanugarn
-6
69
73
68
210
3
Ashleigh Buhai
-5
67
68
76
211
T4
Sung Hyun Park
-4
68
76
68
212
T4
Na Yeon Choi
-4
67
77
68
212
T6
Jessica Korda
-3
71
72
70
213
T6
Jeong Eun Lee
-3
67
76
70
213
T6
Lizette Salas
-3
67
73
73
213
T9
Lee-Anne Pace
-2
67
75
72
214
T9
Sandra Gal
-2
71
70
73
214

Round 2 - Ashleigh Buhai beats windy conditions to take lead

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Ashleigh Buhai fired a 68, one of only two rounds in the 60s rather than the 80s on a very windy day, to take the lead in Blue Bay.

“I just kind of was playing the golf course as it came,” she said. “It played a lot tougher than the last few days. The wind was more or less the same direction, just a bit stronger, so I think it helps being the same direction as you have an idea what to do. It was just a case of taking more club and just trying to play it with the wind.” 

Buhai managed to birdie four of the last seven holes and made an impressive chip-in on the 12th.

“It was downhill and downwind, and I hit this lob-wedge, bounced it into the hill perfectly and just kept trickling,” she said of the shot of the day. “I thought I was happy enough to have it stiff, and next minute, I looked, it dropped in. It was cool.”

All the more impressive as Buhai had withdrawn from the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and not played in six weeks. She has had two top-5 finishes this season but has still not won on the LPGA.

“I feel I am getting more comfortable with the situation. I always say, winning is a feeling, no matter where you're trying to win,” she explained. “Obviously the stage out here is huge and everybody at the top of the leaderboard has a chance to win this week. I feel if I keep just trusting my swing and sticking to my goals and my plan, hopefully I will have a chance.

Shanshan Feng, who won last week-end, shot a 89 and sits one shot behind at 8-under.

“I knew that after the first round, I would be warmed up a little more. I would say my ball-striking today was better, so I was giving myself birdie chances. Of course, my putting was working today also,” she said. “It continued from last week and so I made a few birdies and I mean, just one bogey for the day, it was pretty good.” 

Overnight leader Sun Young Yoo shot a 2-over 74 and sits in third place.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Ashleigh Buhai
-9
67
68
135
2
Shanshan Feng
-8
69
67
136
3
Sun Young Yoo
-5
65
74
139
4
Lizette Salas
-4
67
73
140
T5
Sandra Gal
-3
71
70
141
T5
Nelly Korda
-3
71
70
141
T5
Ariya Jutanugarn
-3
69
72
141
T8
Karine Icher
-2
71
71
142
T8
Moriya Jutanugarn
-2
69
73
142
T8
Lee-Anne Pace
-2
67
75
142
T8
Xiang Sui
-2
66
76
142

Round 1 - Sun Young Yoo takes opening lead in China

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Sun Young Yoo has taken the lead in China with a bogey-free 7-under par 65. Yoo, who has only had one top-10 finish this season so far, was happy with her game and felt she had made no mistakes.

“I saw a lot of positive things in myself today, so hopefully I can get it going,” she said.

Xiang Sui trails Yoo by one shot, a group of six players are tied for third place at 5-under and another group of four are tied for 9th at 4-under. They include Sung Hyun Park who has just become Rolex Rankings no.1, the first player to do so as a rookie.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Sun Young Yoo
-7
65
2
Xiang Sui
-6
66
T3
Lizette Salas
-5
67
T3
Lee-Anne Pace
-5
67
T3
Na Yeon Choi
-5
67
T3
Pernilla Lindberg
-5
67
T3
Jeong Eun Lee
-5
67
T3
Ashleigh Buhai
-5
67
T9
Sung Hyun Park
-4
68
T9
Austin Ernst
-4
68
T9
Azahara Munoz
-4
68
T9
Peiyun Chien
-4
68

Scores

Pos. Player Scores Total To Par Prize Money
1 Shanshan Feng 69 - 67 - 73 - 70 279 -9 $315,000.00
2 Moriya Jutanugarn 69 - 73 - 68 - 70 280 -8 $192,550.00
3T Megan Khang 71 - 72 - 73 - 68 284 -4 $101,467.00
3T Jessica Korda 71 - 72 - 70 - 71 284 -4 $101,467.00
3T Sung Hyun Park 68 - 76 - 68 - 72 284 -4 $101,467.00
3T Ashleigh Buhai 67 - 68 - 76 - 73 284 -4 $101,467.00
7T Sun Young Yoo 65 - 74 - 77 - 69 285 -3 $52,886.00
7T Sandra Gal 71 - 70 - 73 - 71 285 -3 $52,886.00
7T Na Yeon Choi 67 - 77 - 68 - 73 285 -3 $52,886.00
10T Mi Hyang Lee 74 - 75 - 68 - 69 286 -2 $38,425.00
10T Austin Ernst 68 - 75 - 72 - 71 286 -2 $38,425.00
10T Jeong Eun Lee 67 - 76 - 70 - 73 286 -2 $38,425.00
10T Lizette Salas 67 - 73 - 73 - 73 286 -2 $38,425.00
14T Sarah Jane Smith 73 - 73 - 71 - 70 287 -1 $31,520.00
14T Hyo Joo Kim 71 - 72 - 73 - 71 287 -1 $31,520.00
16T Michelle Wie 73 - 76 - 68 - 71 288 E $28,147.00
16T Ariya Jutanugarn 69 - 72 - 74 - 73 288 E $28,147.00
18 Karine Icher 71 - 71 - 75 - 72 289 1 $26,144.00
19T Ryann O'Toole 73 - 76 - 73 - 68 290 2 $24,668.00
19T Ayako Uehara 71 - 75 - 70 - 74 290 2 $24,668.00
21T Morgan Pressel 73 - 75 - 72 - 71 291 3 $22,560.00
21T Pernilla Lindberg 67 - 79 - 71 - 74 291 3 $22,560.00
21T Lee-Anne Pace 67 - 75 - 72 - 77 291 3 $22,560.00
24 Gaby Lopez 74 - 72 - 76 - 70 292 4 $20,873.00
25T In-Kyung Kim 76 - 76 - 74 - 67 293 5 $18,659.00
25T Pornanong Phatlum 71 - 76 - 75 - 71 293 5 $18,659.00
25T Peiyun Chien 68 - 76 - 77 - 72 293 5 $18,659.00
25T Azahara Munoz 68 - 78 - 74 - 73 293 5 $18,659.00
25T Minjee Lee 71 - 73 - 76 - 73 293 5 $18,659.00
30T Yu Liu 75 - 77 - 75 - 67 294 6 $15,286.00
30T Brittany Lang 75 - 77 - 74 - 68 294 6 $15,286.00
30T Su Oh 74 - 71 - 77 - 72 294 6 $15,286.00
30T Alison Lee 69 - 74 - 75 - 76 294 6 $15,286.00
30T Nelly Korda 71 - 70 - 77 - 76 294 6 $15,286.00
35T Chella Choi 73 - 76 - 73 - 73 295 7 $12,967.00
35T Yanhong Pan 70 - 79 - 73 - 73 295 7 $12,967.00
35T Olafia Kristinsdottir 72 - 76 - 71 - 76 295 7 $12,967.00
38T Caroline Masson 70 - 76 - 81 - 69 296 8 $11,201.00
38T Jenny Shin 71 - 75 - 77 - 73 296 8 $11,201.00
38T Kelly Shon 73 - 75 - 74 - 74 296 8 $11,201.00
38T Lindy Duncan 71 - 77 - 74 - 74 296 8 $11,201.00
42T Anna Nordqvist 76 - 73 - 75 - 73 297 9 $9,340.00
42T Amy Olson 74 - 73 - 77 - 73 297 9 $9,340.00
42T Alena Sharp 69 - 74 - 80 - 74 297 9 $9,340.00
42T Bronte Law 72 - 78 - 72 - 75 297 9 $9,340.00
42T Haru Nomura 71 - 77 - 74 - 75 297 9 $9,340.00
47T Emily K. Pedersen 71 - 80 - 73 - 74 298 10 $8,170.00
47T Xiang Sui 66 - 76 - 80 - 76 298 10 $8,170.00
49T Yani Tseng 78 - 74 - 75 - 72 299 11 $7,414.00
49T Xiyu Lin 74 - 77 - 76 - 72 299 11 $7,414.00
49T Christina Kim 76 - 78 - 72 - 73 299 11 $7,414.00
52 Jennifer Song 72 - 74 - 80 - 74 300 12 $6,958.00
53T Simin Feng 74 - 79 - 74 - 74 301 13 $6,746.00
53T Lei Ye 70 - 78 - 76 - 77 301 13 $0.00
55T Joanna Klatten 78 - 77 - 73 - 74 302 14 $6,431.00
55T Mi Jung Hur 69 - 76 - 79 - 78 302 14 $6,431.00
57T Liying Ye 75 - 80 - 72 - 76 303 15 $6,009.00
57T Candie Kung 71 - 78 - 77 - 77 303 15 $6,009.00
59 Tiffany Joh 73 - 79 - 74 - 78 304 16 $5,692.00
60 Jaye Marie Green 78 - 76 - 76 - 75 305 17 $5,483.00
61T Weiwei Zhang 75 - 78 - 82 - 71 306 18 $5,166.00
61T Jing Yan 76 - 79 - 78 - 73 306 18 $5,166.00
61T Wei-Ling Hsu 74 - 76 - 79 - 77 306 18 $5,166.00
64T Yunjie Zhang 70 - 80 - 80 - 77 307 19 $4,902.00
64T Beatriz Recari 78 - 75 - 76 - 78 307 19 $4,902.00
66T Mariajo Uribe 75 - 82 - 78 - 73 308 20 $4,638.00
66T Cydney Clanton 78 - 80 - 75 - 75 308 20 $4,638.00
66T Nicole Broch Larsen 71 - 72 - 84 - 81 308 20 $4,638.00
69T Katie Burnett 81 - 76 - 79 - 73 309 21 $4,374.00
69T Zixuan Zhou 75 - 78 - 81 - 75 309 21 $0.00
69T Jiayun Li 78 - 76 - 77 - 78 309 21 $4,374.00
72 Sandra Changkija 77 - 76 - 82 - 76 311 23 $4,217.00
73T Ruixin Liu 75 - 82 - 81 - 76 314 26 $4,111.00
73T Mengzhu Wang 75 - 80 - 79 - 80 314 26 $4,111.00
73T Yan Liu 76 - 77 - 78 - 83 314 26 $4,111.00
76 Ying Luo 80 - 79 - 81 - 80 320 32 $4,006.00
77 Yeying Song 76 - 82 - 84 - 81 323 35 $0.00
78 Taoli Yang 83 - 86 - 83 - 76 328 40 $3,958.00
79 Yanjiao Jiang 80 - 85 - 85 - 82 332 44 $3,907.00
WDC Laura Gonzalez Escallon 72 72 E $0.00
WDC Mel Reid 78 - 79 157 13 $0.00

 

Preview

DATES: November 08-11
SITE: Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course, Hainan Island, China
PRIZE MONEY: $2,100,000
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Feng feeling right at home in China

It’s hard to imagine any player hotter than World No. 3 Shanshan Feng right now. Last week, Feng picked up her second win of the season as she successfully defended her title at the TOTO Japan Classic. The victory was her second of the season in addition to nine more top-10 finishes.

“I tend to be a slow starter,” Feng said on Tuesday in China. “At the beginning of the season I might not do that well but down the line I get better and better, and that’s my typical style. I’m in the habit of continuing to do something, especially something that works out for me.

“Especially like in Japan where I did well last year, I went to the same restaurant, and I visited the same place, because I feel if it worked, why don’t we just stick to that. So that’s my, if you will, habitual behavior to make things even better or make things work.”

If Feng sticks to her “habitual behavior” the rest of the Blue Bay LPGA field better watch out, because here is a look at her last seven starts...

Tournament
Finish
TOTO Japan Classic
1st
Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
2nd
Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship
T3
LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship
T46
The Evian Championship
T6
Canadian Pacific Women's Open
T3
RICOH Women's British Open
T7

She’ll look to continue her momentum this week at the LPGA’s lone stop of the season in her home country of China. Feng missed last year’s Blue Bay LPGA, but in her two previous appearances she finished T14 (2015) and T7 (2014).

Lee looking to defend her title

In a week where a lot of the focus is on new No. 1 Sung Hyun Park and China’s own No. 3 Shanshan Feng, defending Blue Bay LPGA champion Minjee Lee is quietly continuing a very good 2017 season and searching for her first victory since last year at Blue Bay.

It’s clear to see Lee is comfortable at Blue Bay as she participated in the opening ceremony on Tuesday morning followed by a joint press conference with Park, Feng, Ariya Jutanugarn and Michelle Wie. Lee was smiling as she shrugged off questions about the pressure to defend her title.

“Obviously I can’t control what they do,” Lee said while sandwiched in between Park and Feng. “So I’ll just play my own game and try and focus one shot at a time and just everything I can in my control.

“I’ll just go out there and try my best.”

Her best has proved pretty well of late as she is coming off a tie for fifth last week at the TOTO Japan Classic for her 10th top-10 of the year.

Lee is currently No. 15 in the Race to the CME Globe, and a good finish this week could boost her inside the top 12 where she would have a mathematical chance to win the $1M CME Globe in Naples next week.

Quotable

“I think everybody knows it’s really difficult to not only become the No. 1 but to maintain that status moving forward. So we’ll just have to keep going and doing my best.”
- Sung Hyun Park on being No. 1 in the world

“My favorite thing to do in the morning -- I close my blinds at night just so I can open them in the morning and the view is spectacular. These beds are the best beds we get in Asia. The beds are so comfortable. Especially we came on a red-eye and all I could think about was the bed and the view in the morning. It’s just gorgeous.”
- Michelle Wie on the scenic Blue Bay LPGA

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