Sunday, May 28, 2017


Shanshan Feng is feeling like herself again.

Struggling with a lack of confidence to start 2017, Feng got a much-needed boost with her first victory of 2017 on Sunday at the LPGA Volvik Championship at Travis Pointe Country Club. She set a new 72-hole Tournament scoring record at 20-under par, winning by two-strokes ahead of Minjee Lee and Sung Hyun Park. Jeong Eun Lee and Lizette Salas finished tied for fourth at 17-under par.

“I was trying to win the tournament since the start today and I’m glad that I did it,” Feng said after her round. “I’m really happy to have this win because I’ve had six wins on the LPGA so far but only two in the U.S. So I’m really happy that I’m not only playing well in Asia but also in the U.S., and very glad that a lot of the Chinese came today to actually come support me.”

After an incredible 2016 season that included winning the bronze medal at the Olympic games in Rio, followed by back-to-back victories during the Tour’s swing through Asia, Feng’s expectations were high for 2017. With one top-10 and a missed cut in her first five starts, Feng felt she was loosing a handle on her game. With some new wedges in the bag and a few adjustments to her swing, Feng finished in the top-10 in her last two starts before heading to Michigan. The world’s seventh ranked player was beginning to feel like herself again and it showed this week in Michigan. This week, Feng posted four sub-70 rounds to capture her seventh career win on the LPGA Tour.

To read Amy Rogers’ entire recap of Final Round play at the LPGA Volvik Championship visit:

With Shanshan Feng’s win at the LPGA Volvik Championship, the LPGA Tour has now gone 12 events without having a repeat winner which marks the second-longest stretch to begin a season in LPGA history. In 1991, there was not a multiple tournament winner until the 16th event of the year.

Between 1991 and 2017, the Tour had its first repeat winner on the 10th try several times, but 1991 is the last time it went more than 10 events to have a player reach two wins on the year.

In 1985, the first repeat winner came in the 11th event, which is the only other time in history the Tour has gone this far without a repeat winner.

2017 Wins By Country
Players with Wins
Republic of Korea
Ha Na Jang, Sei Young Kim, Mirim Lee, Inbee Park, So Yeon Ryu, Amy Yang
United States
Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome, Lexi Thompson
Haru Nomura
Anna Nordqvist
Shanshan Feng

Players scored 12 eagles over the weekend at the 2017 LOTTE Championship Presented by HERSHEY, raising $12,000 for charity. This brings the total to 117 eagles on the year, which translates to $117,000 dollars raised.

Shanshan Feng earned 500 points and is projected to move up from 30th to 8th in the LPGA’s season-long Race to CME Globe with 943 points.

World No. 3 Ariya Jutanugarn (-11) finished in a tie for 21st and World No. 2 So Yeon Ryu (-3) finished in a tie for 56th at the LPGA Volvik Championship, meaning that Lydia Ko’s spot at the top of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings will be safe for another week.

Ko, who was not in the field this week, and Jutanugarn will not be in the field next week at the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer. Ryu will be playing in New Jersey and attempting to close the gap on the No. 1 spot.

  • Nine different golfers have been No. 1 in their career since the Rolex Rankings started in 2006: Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa, Jiyai Shin, Ai Miyazato, Cristie Kerr, Yani Tseng, Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Lydia Ko
  • Seven different countries have held the top spot: Sweden, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, United States, Chinese Taipei, New Zealand
  • South Korea (Jiyai Shin, Inbee Park) and the United States (Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis) each have had two players reach No. 1
  • 158: The number of consecutive weeks Lorena Ochoa held the top spot from April 23, 2007 to May 2, 2010. Yani Tseng holds the second longest streak at 109 weeks. Third best is Lydia Ko’s current streak of 83 consecutive weeks starting from Oct. 26, 2015.
  • 102: Total number of weeks Lydia Ko has held the top spot. Two weeks shy of two full calendar years.
  • 32: Number of majors won by these nine players. Annika Sorenstam won 10 major championships. Ai Miyazato is the only No. 1 player who hasn’t won a major in their career.

“I don’t know yet, but that was a big check. I can buy something, but I’m not going to spend it all.”
               - Shanshan Feng when asked what she is going to buy with her tournament winnings

Shanshan Feng earned her first win in the United States since the 2013 CME Group Titleholders - three of her seven wins have come in the U.S. and the other four happened in Asia.

Shanshan Feng made eight starts on the LPGA between her last win (2016 TOTO Japan Classic) and this week - she has three wins her her last 11 starts.

Since winning the Bronze Medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in August last year, Shanshan Feng has three LPGA wins and 10 additional top-10 finishes in 15 starts, missing only one cut in that span.

Minjee Lee (T2, -18) posted her best result on the LPGA since winning the 2016 Blue Bay LPGA.

Sung Hyun Park (T2, -18) matched the best result on the LPGA with the second runner-up of her career - she was also T2 at the 2015 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship.

Lizette Salas (T4, -17) had the best finish of her 2017 season and was the lowest finishing American this week. Marina Alex (8th, -15), Nelly Korda (T9, -14) and Cydney Clanton (T9, -14) were the only other Americans in the top-10.

Marina Alex had a hole-in-one on the 3rd hole on Sunday, using a 6-iron from 160 yards - there have been 11 hole-in-ones on the LPGA in 2017 and Moriya Jutanugarn leads all players with two aces this year.

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