Part of me is thrilled to see Shanshan Feng play well regardless of where she has her success. However, part of me also worries that if she continues to excel on the JLPGA, where tournaments and money are good, her commitment to the LPGA might wane. Two weeks ago, a second place finish at the JLPGA Fudokin Ladies propelled Shanshan into the Top 10 of the Rolex Rankings. She is likely to at least maintain that ranking, if not improve upon it, with a playoff win against Yukari Baba at the 2012 Yonex Ladies Golf Tournament to capture her third JLPGA title. She won Meiji Chocolate Cup and the Miyagi TV Cup Dunlop Ladies Open, both in 2011. Adding to her recent success, she won the 2012 World Ladies Championship on the Ladies European Tour. That event was played in March in Shanshan’s native China.
Shanshan was able to chase down overnight leader Yukari Baba, whose 2 birdie, 2 bogey even par round had her stuck at 8-under overall for the tournament. A 4 birdie, 1 bogey 3-under was enough for Feng to knot it up with Baba and force a playoff. Both were almost caught by former KLPGA Player of the Year Bo-Mee Lee, who blistered the course with a 5-under 67. However, Lee fell 1 shot shy of joining Shanshan and Yukari with a 7-under tally, as did Ritsuko Ryu. In the end, it was Shanshan outdueling Yukari with a birdie on the second playoff hole.