Shanshan Feng wins for second consecutive week
The top of the leader board was tight heading into Sunday’s final round of the three-round Toto Japan Classic. Shanshan Feng, who shot a blistering 64 in the second round, was in position for her second consecutive victory. Several players were in contention, including Ha Na Jang, Kotone Hori, So Yeon Ryu, Sun Ju Ahn and Soo Yun Kang. In the end, Feng held off the competition for a one shot win over Jang and three over Hori, Ryu, Ahn and Kang. The win was the second straight for Shanshan Feng, who took last week’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia classic over Suzann Pettersen.
Feng started the day at 11-under par and ran off eight straight pars before a string of three birdies at the turn. At 14-under par, Feng parred the next four. After a birdie at 17, Feng struggled to double bogey on 18. It was still enough to hold off Ha Na Jang, who made a run on the final day. She birdied four of the first five holes, but played the next ten in one-over par. Birdies at 16 and 17 put her in the mix, but a par on 18 left her a single stroke short of a playoff.
In the group of four tied for third, Kotone Hori and SoYeon Ryu each recorded a round of 68, while Sun Ju Ahn and Soo Yun Kang shot rounds of 70 and 71, respectively. Suzann Pettersen was in a group at 9-under par and in a tie for 7th. Ariya Jutanugarn, arguably the player of the year, was in a group of four at 8-under par and a tie for 10th.
Other notables include Charley Hull, who overcame an opening round of 75 to finish at 7-under par. Lexi Thompson tied Hull with a final round of 68. Stacy Lewis and Cristie Kerr finished at 4-under, while Lydia Ko continues to try to find her game and finished tied for 43rd at 2-under par.
The LPGA heads to Mexico City for the Lorena Ochoa Invitational to be played November 10-13. Inbee Park, who has not played since the Women’s PGA Championship in June, is the defending champion.