Feng flies home with 64 for 4th Dubai title

A joyous Feng Shanshan with her second straight Dubai Ladies Masters trophy and fourth overall. The world No. 4 began the final round five shots behind leader Felicity Johnson but knew that playing in windy conditions was her forte. The Englishwoman
A joyous Feng Shanshan with her second straight Dubai Ladies Masters trophy and fourth overall. The world No. 4 began the final round five shots behind leader Felicity Johnson but knew that playing in windy conditions was her forte. The Englishwoman slumped to a 75 to be joint seventh.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

DUBAI • Defending champion Feng Shanshan won a record fourth Dubai Ladies Masters title yesterday, following an eight-under final-round 64.

The 27-year-old from China started the day five shots behind overnight leader Felicity Johnson of England.

However, she claimed back-to-back titles finishing on a 10-under total of 206, as the leaders fell by the wayside on a windy day at the Majlis course of Emirates Golf Club.

Feng, the highest-ranked player in the field at world No. 4, was chased home by England's Charley Hull, who finished two strokes behind in second following a 65.

"I'm really happy that I actually brought out my 'A' game today," she told the Ladies European Tour (LET) website.

"I knew that it was going to be windy today and I knew that playing in the wind is one of my strongest parts.

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    A record fourth Dubai Ladies Masters title that Feng Shanshan won yesterday. It is also her fourth win of the season.

"So even though I was five behind, but you know, in the morning, I always thought that maybe I would still have a chance to win this week and I tried my best. Eight under was a pretty good score."

India's Aditi Ashok (70) signed off her season tied for third place, with England's Florentyna Parker (71) at six-under 210, in the tournament that was reduced to 54 holes following the death of caddie Maximilian Zechmann on day one.

The 56-year-old Austrian, a former caddie on the European Tour, was carrying Anne-Lise Caudal's bag when he collapsed on Wednesday. He reportedly died of a heart attack.

The Frenchwoman carded a 79 yesterday to finish tied-63rd.

Tiger Woods' niece Cheyenne Woods (72) ended joint 10th on 213, while Johnson (75) shared seventh spot on 212.

American Beth Allen won the LET Order of Merit crown, while Ashok was the Rookie of the Year.

Feng took home €75,000 (S$113,300) for winning her fourth title of the season and the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games bronze medallist hopes her success will motivate more Chinese to take up golf.

"The options and conditions to learn the game are much better today in China," she said. "I am ready to provide any help to young talented girls who want to kick off a career in this great sport."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, XINHUA

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 11, 2016, with the headline 'Feng flies home with 64 for 4th Dubai title'. Print Edition | Subscribe