Miraculous eagle wins it for Feng
China’s Shanshan Feng clinched her second LPGA title in her home country with a miraculous eagle on the final hole to defeat Stacy Lewis by a shot in the inaugural Reignwood LPGA Classic in smoggy Beijing on Sunday.
The 24-year old trailed world number three, Stacy Lewis, by one shot heading to the 18th hole and the rub of the green was certainly on her side, after her slightly mishit second shot struck the flagstick flush and came to rest just three feet from the hole after the ball barely carried the hazard fronting the green.
“I would say I’m as happy as when I won the major last year,” said Feng.
“This is our first time to have an LPGA event in Beijing and Reignwood is my new sponsor, so I really wanted to do well to make them look good. And I think I did a great job.”
“I broke my low score for four rounds and I think I gave all my best.”
Lewis missed an 18-foot birdie putt to force a playoff and allowed Feng to seal the deal by holing her putt for a 26-under par total, a shot clear of Lewis with world number one, Inbee Park, in third place at 21-under.
A crestfallen Lewis took the loss hard, voicing her frustrations in the post round press conference about the final hole drama and criticising Chinese fans during the week.
She continued to vent on Twitter with a number of comments invoking a hostile response for her ungracious remarks in defeat.
Australia’s Karrie Webb continued her season-long good form by finishing in outright fourth place at 20-under while former number one, Yani Tseng, put in one of her best performances of the year to finish in sixth place, albeit a distant twelve shots behind Feng.