Empress Feng To Be Crowned World #1

She’s done it! China will have a world number one! Feng Shanshan (pictured) is projected to become the first Chinese World No. 1 next week when the new Rolex World Rankings is released after capturing the Blue Bay LPGA title on Hainan Island.

The 28-year-old Guangzhou native, a winner in Japan last week, closed with a two-under 70 to beat Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn (70) by one stroke in the US$2.1 million co-sanctioned tournament between the China LPGA and US LPGA Tours.

Feng finished the 72-hole event on nine-under 279 at Jian Lake Blue Golf Club to earn US$315,000 for her third title of the season.

“I’m really, really excited and very proud of myself and I think it’s special because I won this tournament to become World No. 1. I finished first in China, so I actually claimed the World No. 1 in front of all the people at home,” said Feng of her historic feat.

In accepting her trophy, the bronze medalist at the Rio Olympic Games said she hoped her World No. 1 ranking would inspire more Chinese to take up golf.

South Korean Park Sung-hyun, who became the new World No. 1 on Tuesday, closed with even-par 72 to finish equal third with South African Ashleigh Buhai (73) and Americans Megan Khang (68) and Jessica Korda (71) at five strokes back.