MIAMI: World primary Feng Shanshan of China, who gained twice within the remaining 5 weeks of the 2017 marketing campaign, stays the lady to beat when the 2018 LPGA golf season opens Thursday.
The 28-yr-previous from Guangzhou turned the primary golfer from China, man or lady, to succeed in the world primary spot, doing so final November after profitable the Japan Basic and Blue Bay LPGA title in China in again-to-again weeks.
“Once I lastly see the Chinese language flag on prime of the rating, I really feel all of the efforts over the previous 18 years on golf is value it,” Feng stated. “I actually loved the second and hopefully this might encourage a youthful era in China to go for the game.”
It additionally figures to encourage a variety of prime rivals to attempt to dethrone Feng beginning with Thursday’s opening spherical of the Bahamas LPGA Basic, when the Asian star makes her Bahamas debut alongside fourth-ranked Lexi Thompson and US teen Nelly Korda.
South Korea’s Park Sung-Hyun, the reigning US Ladies’s Open champion, is ranked second and her compatriot Ryu So-Yeon, the reigning ANA Inspiration champion, is third with Thompson fourth and South Korean Kim In-Kyung, final yr’s Ladies’s British Open winner, rounding out the highest 5.
Thompson misplaced a playoff to US compatriot Brittany Lincicome to drop final yr’s Bahamas season opener, certainly one of three playoffs by which she was crushed in 2017, together with on the ANA Inspiration, the season’s first main event.
Rule modifications have ended the prospect for the controversy that derailed Thompson’s bid for a second profession main win, when a tv viewer noticed a violation and a day-later penalty of 4 strokes was imposed with six holes to play Sunday.
As a lot as Thompson needs so as to add one other main to her trophy case, this could possibly be the third consecutive season through which the 5 ladies’s main titles are gained by 5 totally different gamers.American Danielle Kang gained final yr’s Ladies’s PGA Championship and Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist captured the Evian Championship.
And Feng, the 2016 Rio Olympic bronze medalist, seeks her second main crown, the primary coming on the 2012 Ladies’s PGA Championship, then often known as the LPGA Championship.It was Feng’s first prime-10 main end. She has had thirteen extra since then, together with three final yr, the perfect of these a share of fifth on the US Ladies’s Open. Feng shared runner-up honors on the 2014 Ladies’s British Open.
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