Shanshan Feng holds off Suzann Pettersen for win

The LPGA continued it’s swing in Asia with the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia classic. Shanshan Feng, coming off a third place tie a week ago, has played well this season but had failed to land in the winners circle. She ended that today with a final round of 67 and a three shot win over Suzann Pettersen and five shots over Amy Yang and Anna Nordqvist. Feng, who now has five career LPGA victories, is 11th in the Rolex rankings.

Feng started the round with a bogey, but rebounded with birdies on the third and fifth. After five consecutive pars, Shanshan Feng birdied 11, 14 and 15. Three pars coming in gave her a round of 67 and a tournament total of 17-under par.

Suzann Pettersen started the day at nine-under par and immediately got on a roll, recording birdies on three of the first six holes. ย She cooled down with a birdie and bogey over the next ten holes before birdies at the last two. She finished with three rounds of 66 and a 72 for a 14-under par total and sole possession of second. Amy Yang and Anna Nordqvist tied for third at 12-under, while Azahara Munoz and So Yeon Ryu finished another shot back at 11-under.

Paula Creamer, who missed seven cuts in her last 12 events, used a second round of 64 to help propel her to a tied for ninth at nine-under par. ย Defending champion Jessica Korda, was consistent but not spectacular this week and finished in a seven way tie for 12th at eight-under par.

Other notables included Lydia Ko, who finished at eight-under, Gerina Piller who finished at six-under, Michelle Wie at four-under and Stacy Lewis, at two-under par.

The LPGA heads to Japan next week for the Toto Japan Classic, followed by the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, November 10 through 13. Inbee Park, who took home the Olympic gold medal in Rio, is the defending champion.

Kerry Kauffman
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