Feng leads mainland to clean sweep in Hainan

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 March, 2012, 12:00am


China made a clean sweep of the individual, team and amateur titles at the inaugural World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills Haikou yesterday.

World No 12 Feng Shanshan earned a one-stroke victory in the individual stroke-play event for professionals held over 54 holes on the Vintage Course, to become the first woman from the mainland to win on the Ladies European Tour.

Feng (pictured) finished with a 10-under-par total of 206 after rounds of 66, 69 and 71, ending a stroke ahead of Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum, with Sweden's Pernilla Lindberg a shot further behind in third.

Feng's partner in the team event, Ye Liying, ended in a share of fourth place on seven under par, which saw China also collect the team title.

Feng said: 'It's really special because I won twice in Japan last year but I haven't won in China yet. I always play the China Open but I haven't won and last year I was second, so I really wanted to win a tournament in China and I did it, so I'm really happy.

'I was really focusing on the team score and I saw the Thailand team were really strong. They played really well today and they were trying to catch up and me and my partner, we were talking about it and we said, 'No, we can't let them catch us',' added Guangzhou native Feng, who played with Ye in the final group.

'It was really nice to play with her. She is my partner this week and has always been a nice sister to me. We chat a lot on the course and it really helps.'

Sixteen-year-old Chinese national team member Yan Jing, who was born and raised in Singapore, was top amateur after shooting 216, two shots clear of the next-best placed amateur, world No1 Lydia Ko.

Yan, who hopes to represent China at the 2016 Olympic Games, said: 'It was quite a challenge, this tournament, especially with the strong field of players, both professional and amateur.

'Getting a chance to play with Lydia, the world top amateur again, this is the second time I've played with her, so I felt it was a challenge coming into the tournament both mentally and technically.'

Yan, who started playing at age four, got her first taste of the game sitting next to her father, a commentator on tournament golf for ESPN.