Minggu, 09 Desember 2012

Chinese Golf Is Going to Owe Shanshan Feng a Lot

After becoming the first Chinese player to win a major earlier this year, Shanshan Feng just added another big win over a strong field at the LET's Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.

Feng receives Dubai trophy

And all she did was beat the previous scoring record -- held by both Annika Sorenstam and In-Kyung Kim -- by three strokes. Her rounds of 66-65-67-67 (-21) gave her a five-shot victory over her closest competitor Dewi-Claire Schreefel... who was, in turn, four strokes clear of the third place finishers. Only one player within 9 shots of you? That's a pretty serious beating to put on the field.

Shanshan's currently #6 in the Rolex World Rankings, but I'd be surprised if she isn't #5 or even #4 when this week's rankings come out.

We all know how much of a "rock star" she became in China after she won the Wegmans LPGA Championship earlier this season. This win will only fuel the growing golf frenzy there.

And if China is able to put up a good showing at the Olympics... well, I think they're going to owe Shanshan Feng a huge debt of gratitude for being a trailblazer. As it stands -- if the Koreans are any indication -- we're about a decade from seeing a flood of Chinese professionals.

The US ladies better start practicing.

The photo came from the LET's web page about the event.

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