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FENG SHANSHAN CLINCHES SECOND
SIME DARBY LPGA MALAYSIA TITLE
KUALA LUMPUR, 30 October 2016 – China’s Feng Shanshan wrote her name into the record books as she became the first golfer to win a second Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia title following an impressive final round in which she shot a 4-under par 67 to finish at 17-under par overall, maintaining her extraordinary form on Malaysian soil.
Feng started the final round in less than spectacular fashion, with a bogey on the first hole, but remained calm to enjoy a bogey-free remaining round, while picking up five birdies along the way.
Said Feng: “I have to say thanks to my caddie. I met him here five years ago and we’ve been working together since then. Every time I’m playing here, I play great, and I couldn’t have done it without his help.
“I think we make a good team. Not just my caddie, but also my coach, Gary Gilchrist, and my parents. I’m sure they are watching live now. I haven’t talked to them but hopefully they’re happy.”
Asked if she was nervous on the 15th, a 172-yard par-3, the 27-year-old said, “I was a little nervous because on the first day, I hit it in the water and made a double there, and it was a very similar pin position. I made a birdie on the 14th though, so that gave me a little confidence. I hit a great shot and another good putt, which then got me to 17-under.”
Speaking on behalf of tournament sponsor, Chief Executive Officer of TPC Kuala Lumpur and Chairman of Tournament Committee, Steven Thielke, said, “Congratulations to Feng Shanshan for an outstanding display of golf over four days. She is a highly deserving champion and her record at TPC Kuala Lumpur speaks for itself.
“We have enjoyed another wonderful tournament and our thanks goes to the players on the LPGA Tour and the fans who have followed the action on course and contributed to the exciting atmosphere off it.”
Suzann Pettersen was left wondering what might have been. The Norwegian forced her way up the leaderboard yesterday with a solid 5-under par in the third round, but a double bogey on the 15th yesterday, together with a dropped shot on the 16th today, left the 35-year-old three shots adrift from Feng after 72 holes at 14-under par.
Pettersen said, “I’ve been playing really good all week but I’ve had some stupid mistakes, probably like everyone else and giving away a lot of shots. Yesterday, I felt like I gave away a great chance of winning this. I always enjoy Asia. I just wish I could win a few more here in Asia because it’s been really good to me. I like coming here because the crowds and courses are good.”
Overnight leader Anna Nordqvist of Sweden topped the leaderboard on one occasion today, but a second bogey on the 14th followed by a double bogey on the 18th saw the title slip out of her reach as she finished tied-third at 12-under par alongside South Korea’s Amy Yang.
Nordqvist said, “I’ve played so well this week. Obviously I did not plan to finish with a double bogey but I was in between clubs on the last hole, and it was kind of gusting out so we were going back and forth. It was a pretty poor decision there so I was obviously disappointed with that.
“I played really well and had it going, though. I hit a good putt on 12, 14, 15, and a really good one on 17 that didn’t go in. I felt like I did everything I could and didn’t deserve to double the last hole, but it is what it is now.”
One of many highlights in round four was Pernilla Lindberg’s hole-in-one on the 17th. The spectacular effort delighted the galleries, further boosting the excitement around TPC Kuala Lumpur.
Lindberg said, “It had been kind of a frustrating day, a frustrating weekend really. The previous par-3 15th, I kind of chunked it in the water and ended up with a double, so I guess this was a good recovery to kind of save the day and save the score.”
Despite a lacklustre final round, local hero Kelly Tan finished the best of the Malaysian contingent at 6-over par overall, posting a 4-over par 75 today.
Tan said: “I can tell you that it’s not my best week out there. I didn’t really put everything together this week for myself, but I really enjoyed the week and I got to play in front of my family and fans, so that was pretty incredible.”
When asked about her plans for the off-season, she said with a laugh, “Anything but golf! I’m going to put my golf bag away for a little bit and I’m just going to spend more time with my family and friends.”
Local fans will take heart in amateur Ashley Lau’s performance as she took home the amateur prize. The 16-year-old Malaysian won the award with an impressive 1-over par 72 in round four to finish at 12-over par overall in the tournament.
Lau said, “I’m pretty happy with how I played over the four days, and having to play with the pros. Christina Kim helped me a lot, she taught me a lot on the course. It’s really hard to read the lines and stuff, but they taught me a lot.”
Speaking on behalf of the tournament organiser, Senior Vice President and Head of Golf Events for IMG, Grant Slack, said, “Once again we have enjoyed a fantastic four days here at TPC Kuala Lumpur. Our congratulations to Feng Shanshan on a highly-deserved second victory in the tournament. The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia continues to raise the bar in providing a true spectacle on course, combined with great entertainment off it, and it has been heartening to see so many fans come and enjoy the action.
“I would like to extend our thanks to Sime Darby, TPC Kuala Lumpur, and all of our sponsors for their support in making the 2016 edition of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia such a success.”
The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia teed off on the East Course of TPC Kuala Lumpur from 27th October to 30th October. For all the latest updates, visit the tournament website at www.simedarbylpgamalaysia.com and www.facebook.com/SimeDarbyLPGAMalaysia, or via Twitter and Instagram using @SimeDarbyLPGA, #SimeDarbyLPGA, #WomenWithDrive.