Shanshan Feng wins LPGA Tour season finale
Shanshan Feng of China won the season-ending LPGA Titleholders tournament by one stroke.
The Associated Press
NAPLES, Fla. – The only trouble Shanshan Feng faced Sunday was figuring out how to light the cannon that signaled the end of the LPGA Tour season.
She made the golf look relatively easy at the LPGA Titleholders.
Two shots behind going into the final round, the 24-year-old from China ran off four birdies in the opening six holes to take control, and she closed with a 6-under-par 66 to win by one shot and claim the richest prize in women’s golf.
It also was her second victory this year, which meant as much to her as the $700,000 check.
“I had a goal to win two tournaments,” said Feng, who had a 15-under total. “I won in China. I didn’t think I was going to achieve my goal, and I made it in my last tournament in Florida.”
Runner-up Gerina Piller (69) narrowly missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would have forced a playoff.
Natalie Gulbis (82) was tied for the lead after three rounds but didn’t come close to her first victory in six years.
Stacy Lewis (71) tied for sixth at 10 under and became the first American since Beth Daniel in 1994 to earn the Vare Trophy for the season's lowest scoring average.
Inbee Park of South Korea placed fifth at 11 under and won the earnings title.
Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand was the Tour’s rookie of the year.
Lydia Ko, a 16-year-old from New Zealand, tied for 21st place in her pro debut.
• Morten Orum Madsen of Denmark won his first European Tour title, closing with a 67 for a 19-under 269 total at the season-opening South African Open in Johannesburg.
Madsen finished two shots ahead of South Africans Jbe Kruger (65) and Hennie Otto (68).
• Englishman Luke Donald shot a 5-under 66 to successfully defend his title at the Dunlop Phoenix, a Japan Tour event in Miyazaki, and earn his first victory of the year. Donald finished at 14 under, six strokes ahead of runner-up Kim Hyung-sung (70) of South Korea.
• Kevin Kisner made a 15-foot par putt on the 18th hole for a 2-over 74 and a one-stroke victory over Chesson Hadley at the Pebble Beach Invitational in California. The event features 80 pros from the PGA, LPGA, Champions and Web.com tours.
• Australian Jason Day’s victory in the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne was his first tournament victory since the Byron Nelson Championship on the PGA Tour in 2010. Australia won the team title and the U.S. was second, 10 strokes back.