Shanshan Feng a réussi une superbe dernière carte de 64 sans faute pour remporter le quatrième Omega Dubai Ladies Masters de sa carrière !
Après notamment quatre birdies de suite du 2 au 5, la Chinoise devance l’autre grande dame de la journée, l’Anglaise Charley Hull, auteure d’un 65 pour se propulser au deuxième rang, à deux coups de Feng. Ces deux cartes de 64 et 65 sont un véritable exploit puisqu’une seule autre golfeuse est descendue sous les 70 avec le 69 de l’Anglaise Hanna Burke (23e).
L’Indienne Aditi Ashok et l’Anglaise Florentyna Parker complètent le podium de la finale du Ladies European Tour. Avec une troisième carte de suite de 71, Isabelle Boineau termine dans le top 10 (10e, -3) et achève l’année à une superbe cinquième place de l’ordre du mérite !
Malgré une belle fin de journée (birdies au 17 et au 18), Jade Schaeffer se contente du quatorzième rang (-2). Toutes les autres Bleues sont au-dessus du par. Anne-Lise Caudal, qui a perdu son cadet lors du premier tour, a courageusement fini le tournoi en queue de classement.
Shanshan Feng wins record fourth Omega Dubai Ladies Masters title
DUBAI, Dec 10 — Her putter on fire, Shanshan Feng produced a compelling fightback, carding a magical eight-under 64 to win the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters for a record fourth time in five appearances at Emirates Golf Club on Saturday.
Starting the final round a good five shots off the pace, China’s most decorated golfer reeled off five birdies on the front nine and four coming home to reach 10-under for the tournament, claiming the season-ending Ladies European Tour event by a good two shots ahead of England’s Charley Hull, who climbed up the leaderboard with a brilliant closing 65.
“I’m really happy that I actually brought out my A Game today,” said a jubilant Feng after receiving the iconic trophy from His Highness Shaikh Hasher bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, Director General, Dubai Information Department. His Highness Shaikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Emirates Golf Federation, Mohamed Juma Buamaim, Vice Chairman and CEO of ‘golf in DUBAi,’ and Henri Burrus, Omega’s Regional Sales Manager, were also present.
“I knew that it was going to be windy and I knew that playing in the wind is one of my strongest parts. So even though I was five behind, I always thought that maybe I would still have a chance to win. I tried my best and an 8-under was a pretty good score,” said Feng, who first won the title in 2012, and then again three times consecutively from 2014.
The genial Chinese golfer, who is also an Omega brand ambassador, flew out the gate in style, rolling in six birdies in her first 10 holes and that hot streak took the world number four to with one stroke of the lead, held by held by the overnight leader Felicity Johnson
Another three straight birdies from the ninth gave her a one-stroke advantage and it was effectively all over when she made her eighth birdie on the 14thhole to hit 10-under-par in total, before ending with four straight pars.
For Feng, this was her seventh Ladies European Tour victory and her fourth title of the season, following the Buick Championship, Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and TOTO Japan Classic, as well as Olympic Bronze at Rio 2016.
Tied for 23rd on one-under overnight, England’s Charley Hull made her presence felt with a flawless final round.