They call her “Jenny Money” on the LPGA Tour and that’s what Shanshan Feng is banking plenty of today after her fifth tour title and second victory at the Sime Darby Malaysia event.
The Chinese star closed with rounds of 64 and 67 on the weekend at TPC Kuala Lumpur’s East course to see off a gallant Suzann Pettersen by three strokes. Feng collected US$270,000 and moved to ninth on the moneylist, and with three events left in the year can still challenge the likes of Lydia Ko and Ariya Jutanugarn for the late-season silverware.
In notching her first LPGA title since the corresponding tournament two years ago, Feng showed the temperament and timing that has carried her to success in the past. She also fed off the fond memories of an exceptional record at the venue.
“My record here is really good, especially the past four years. I have a very fantastic week, every time I come back here, it makes me feel like I’m at home." Shanshan Feng
“It feels great,” said Feng, the runner-up in 2015 after victory in Malaysia the season before. “My record here is really good, especially the past four years. I have a very fantastic week, every time I come back here, it makes me feel like I’m at home. I’m really relaxed and I love everything – love the food, love the people. So I’m really looking forward to come back every year.”
Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist and Norwegian star Pettersen mounted the only true challenges to Feng on Sunday. Nordqvist reached 15-under with a birdie at the 13th hole to tie the lead but she bogeyed the next hole and double-bogeyed the 18th to cost her a piece of second place. Pettersen bogeyed the par-5 16th to blot her Sunday scorecard and end her hopes.
Feng, meanwhile, rebounded from an opening bogey with five birdies and no further dropped shots to keep the Scandinavian duo at bay.
Sarah Jane Smith, the lone Australian in the field, shared 58th place.