As a Shanshan Feng fan, the great news for me is that she won her 2nd LPGA of Japan (JLPGA) event of 2011 at the Miyagi TV Cup Dunlop Ladies Open. The not-so-great news for me is also that the Chinese star won her 2nd JLPGA event of 2011 at the Miyagi TV Cup Dunlop Ladies Open. OK, what I mean is that I enjoy watching Shanshan on the American LPGA Tour. With 2 wins in Japan, I just worry that she might start focusing on that tour. It’s not like she’s not playing well in the States, though. As of 9.25.2011, Feng has won $188,222 in 14 events, with 2 top 10s and 4 top 20s. She’s also a delightful personality.
Shanshan was in 5th place after the 2nd round, trailing leader Yuri Fudoh by 3 strokes. A final round 4-under par 68 by Shanshan, the only player in the 60s in the 3rd and final round, coupled with an even par 72 by Fudoh earned Feng her victory. Shanshan fired 5 birdies and 1 bogey, including huge back to back birdies on 17 and 18. Fudoh also birdied 18. Unfortunately for her, she needed eagle to force a playoff. She couldn’t do it, and Shanshan emerged victorious.
I’d also like to mention that this event was played in Miyagi Prefecture, the capital of which is Sendai. This area was devastated by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami on 3.11.2011. Many JLPGA players have strong ties to Miyagi Prefecture, including Chie Arimura and Ai Miyazato, who went to highschool in Sendai. It was very significant for many players to come back to Miyagi Prefecture.
CHIE ARIMURA, AI MIYAZATO