Feng wins Buick Championship, Keating 4th
Home town favourite Shanshan Feng double-bogeyed the first hole in the final round but still strode to a six-stroke victory at the Ladies European Tour’s Buick Championship at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club.
Holding a commanding seven-stroke overnight lead, the world number five closed with a two-under 70 in breezy conditions to finish at 17-under and collect her first title of 2015.
Shanshan Feng (Credit: LET)
“This is not my first time winning in China. I think this is my third time and second time on the LET,” Feng said. “I’m really honoured to win my sponsor’s tournament.”
South Korea’s Hyeon So Kang returned a final round of 69 to take outright second place at 11-under, three ahead of Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen.
Feng admitted to some nervousness after her shock start as Kang reduced the lead to three with birdies on her opening two holes.
However, the 25-year old hit back with birdies on the third and fourth and continued to mix birdies with bogeys thereafter, sealing the win and a first prize cheque for €72,880.50 (AU $103,000) in style with birdies on the 17th and 18th.
Victoria’s Stacey Keating, who lead after an opening course record round of 63, completed a strong week with a tie for fourth place with Amy Boulden from Wales, Thailand’s Wichanee Meechai, Norway’s Marianne Skarpnord and Italy’s Margherita Rigon.
It was Keating’s best week on the LET since her 3rd place finish at the 2013 New Zealand Women’s Open.
NSW’s Rebecca Artis continued her solid recent form with a tie for 11th at five-under while WA’s Whitney Hiller finished back in a tie for 36th.
After a week’s break, the Ladies European Tour resumes in Belek, Turkey for the €500,000 Turkish Ladies Open from May 17-20.