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Shanshan Feng Wins LPGA Championship

Shanshan Feng Wins LPGA Championship

~Shanshan Feng 18th Green Winner’s Interview from the 2012 Wegmans LPGA Championship~

Shanshan Feng charged up the leaderboard on Sunday to win the Wegmans LPGA Championship.  Feng fired a 5-under par 67 to finish 72 holes at Locust Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York at 6-under par 282. It was the first official LPGA win for Feng, who becomes the first player from mainland China to win an LPGA event.

Feng, who will turn 23 later this summer, also won an LET event in her homeland in March of this year before winning on the JLPGA Tour three weeks ago.  Mika Miyazato, Stacy Lewis, Suzann Pettersen, and Eun-Hee Ji all finished two shots back at 4-under par 284. Karrie Webb and Ai Miyazato were both at 285.  Ji had the lead at the start of the final round, one stroke in front of Webb but Feng took advantage of the conditions, the most hospitable the week, to post the low round of the tournament.

She went out in 3-under par 32, then recorded two more birdies coming in. She virtually clinched the tournament with  an 8-foot birdie putt at the 17th.  “I would say first of all I’m really, really, happy that I won the tournament,” Feng said. “I still can’t believe it.  I think after this week it’s going to give me a lot more confidence.  I believe I can win again in the future.  And hopefully it’s going to help golf in China because I want to be [tennis star] Li Na for golf in China.  I want to be like a model that the other juniors can follow my steps and get on the LPGA.”

Feng is the seventh player to make the LPGA Championship her first LPGA win. The list includes Se Ri Pak (1998), Yani Tseng (2008) and Anna Nordqvist (2009).

Final Tournament Summary

Sunday, June 10, 2012         Purse: $2,500,000.00

Locust Hill Country Club         Par: 35 37 – 72  Yardage: 6534

POS         NAME         SCORES         TOTAL         TO PAR         OFFICIAL MONEY

1         Shanshan Feng         72-73-70-67         282         -6         $375,000

T2         Mika Miyazato         70-72-73-69         284         -4         $158,443

T2         Stacy Lewis         72-72-70-70         284         -4         $158,443

T2         Suzann Pettersen         71-72-71-70         284         -4         $158,443

T2         Eun-Hee Ji         75-68-69-72         284         -4         $158,443

T6         Ai Miyazato         70-74-73-68         285         -3         $73,285

T6         Gerina Piller         74-71-72-68         285         -3         $73,285

T6         Karrie Webb         74-71-68-72         285         -3         $73,285

T9         Paula Creamer         70-72-73-71         286         -2         $51,742

T9         Inbee Park         72-70-72-72         286         -2         $51,742

T9         Giulia Sergas         69-76-69-72         286         -2         $51,742

T12         Sandra Gal         71-71-75-70         287         -1         $42,956

T12         Cristie Kerr         70-76-70-71         287         -1         $42,956

14         Hee Young Park         77-70-73-68         288         E         $39,028

T15         Mina Harigae         74-72-74-69         289         +1         $33,960

T15         Karin Sjodin         75-69-73-72         289         +1         $33,960

T15         Jeong Jang         70-74-71-74         289         +1         $33,960

T15         Sun Young Yoo         72-72-71-74         289         +1         $33,960

T19         Nicole Castrale         76-74-70-70         290         +2         $28,638

T19         Se Ri Pak         70-71-76-73         290         +2         $28,638

T19         Jenny Shin         71-75-71-73         290         +2         $28,638

T19         Jennifer Johnson         73-71-71-75         290         +2         $28,638

T23         Christel Boeljon         74-74-73-70         291         +3         $25,597

T23         Marcy Hart         72-75-73-71         291         +3         $25,597

T25         Brittany Lincicome         76-73-73-70         292         +4         $22,872

T25         I.K. Kim         73-73-73-73         292         +4         $22,872

T25         So Yeon Ryu         73-70-74-75         292         +4         $22,872

T25         Lizette Salas         74-70-73-75         292         +4         $22,872

29         Candie Kung         71-77-75-70         293         +5         $20,655

T30         Mo Martin         71-77-77-69         294         +6         $18,015

T30         Mariajo Uribe         74-76-71-73         294         +6         $18,015

T30         Mi Jung Hur         74-69-77-74         294         +6         $18,015

T30         Lexi Thompson         74-72-74-74         294         +6         $18,015

T30         Sophie Gustafson         73-72-74-75         294         +6         $18,015

T30         Sydnee Michaels         72-71-72-79         294         +6         $18,015

T36         Sarah Jane Smith         75-72-77-71         295         +7         $13,263

T36         Chella Choi         75-74-74-72         295         +7         $13,263

T36         Catriona Matthew         75-72-76-72         295         +7         $13,263

T36         Alison Walshe         73-77-73-72         295         +7         $13,263

T36         Haru Nomura         74-77-70-74         295         +7         $13,263

T36         Pornanong Phatlum         75-74-72-74         295         +7         $13,263

T36         Maude-Aimee Leblanc         72-73-75-75         295         +7         $13,263

T36         Ryann O’Toole         69-76-75-75         295         +7         $13,263

T36         Jodi Ewart         75-72-72-76         295         +7         $13,263

T45         Karine Icher         75-75-74-72         296         +8         $9,820

T45         Leta Lindley         78-73-72-73         296         +8         $9,820

T45         Ji Young Oh         77-72-74-73         296         +8         $9,820

T45         Beatriz Recari         69-78-75-74         296         +8         $9,820

T45         Hee-Won Han         74-74-73-75         296         +8         $9,820

T45         Morgan Pressel         74-75-69-78         296         +8         $9,820

T51         Becky Morgan         75-73-77-72         297         +9         $8,363

T51         Katherine Hull         75-76-73-73         297         +9         $8,363

T51         Haeji Kang         77-73-73-74         297         +9         $8,363

54         Karen Stupples         76-75-74-73         298         +10         $7,857

T55         Katie Futcher         74-77-76-72         299         +11         $7,349

T55         Jessica Korda         74-74-79-72         299         +11         $7,349

T55         Amelia Lewis         73-75-77-74         299         +11         $7,349

58         Anna Nordqvist         74-77-72-77         300         +12         $6,842

T59         Belen Mozo         74-76-75-76         301         +13         $6,379

T59         Yani Tseng         76-75-74-76         301         +13         $6,379

T59         Amy Hung         76-75-73-77         301         +13         $6,379

T62         Dewi Claire Schreefel         76-74-81-71         302         +14         $5,829

T62         Kris Tamulis         74-74-80-74         302         +14         $5,829

T62         Alena Sharp         77-71-78-76         302         +14         $5,829

T62         Pat Hurst         74-76-75-77         302         +14         $5,829

T62         Brittany Lang         72-75-76-79         302         +14         $5,829

T67         Jennifer Rosales         73-77-78-75         303         +15         $5,322

T67         Ilhee Lee         76-75-73-79         303         +15         $5,322

T67         Meaghan Francella         76-74-73-80         303         +15         $5,322

70         Taylor Coutu         73-74-77-80         304         +16         $5,069

T71         Stephanie Louden         73-78-80-74         305         +17         $4,974

T71         Grace Park         75-75-76-79         305         +17         $4,974

Story courtesy of Rick Woelfel/Women’s Golf Report

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