Shanshan Feng Closes Strong To Win Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic

Shanshan Feng Wins Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic at Thornberry Creek
Shanshan Feng poses with the trophy after winning the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic at Thornberry Creek at Onedia on July 07, 2019 in Oneida, Wisconsin. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Shanshan Feng shot a final-round 63 to capture the 2019 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, ending a winless streak that dated to the 2017 Blue Bay LPGA.

Feng signed for a bogey-free card comprised of nine pars and nine birdies, highlighted by four-straight gains on Nos. 5-8, and four more down the stretch, including a title-clinching birdie on No. 18.

“Before I putted, I looked up at the leaderboard and I’m like, Oh, no. I had to make that one. So actually the last putt was under a lot of pressure,” said Feng.

“I was like, You know what? You’ve been doing really well this week. Just make another good putt. That’s what I did.”

The former world No. 1 Chinese star finished with a four-day total of 29-under 259, the second-lowest 72-hole score in LPGA Tour history.

“I haven’t been having a good year so far. I missed all three cuts at the first three majors, so I was, you know, kind of little lost,” said Feng.

“But I knew that I’m just making changes to get better in the future. I was trying to gain a little distance. After I gained the distance and then I kind of lost the control about the direction and the distance.

Shanshan Feng Wins Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic at Thornberry Creek
Shanshan Feng reacts after making a putt to win the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic at Thornberry Creek at Oneida on July 6, 2019 in Oneida, WI. Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

“But starting last week I felt like my iron game kind of came back. This week I think I got everything together, which is like what I said end of last week. I said, I just hope that I can be in the winning circle as soon as possible. Actually this week I did it.”

Ariya Jutanugarn finished solo second on 28-under par following a 64 which included a costly bogey-6 on the par-5 15th hole.

“Overall like my whole week was really good,” said Jutanugarn. “It’s like amazing because I didn’t expect to play that good at all, so I’m really happy about how I played.”

Tiffany Joh (67) and Amy Yang (65) were tied for third at 25-under par, one clear of Hyo Joo Kim (68), who rounded out the top 5 at 24-under.

Final Top 5 Leaders

Pos-Player-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Shanshan Feng -29 (-9)
2. Ariya Jutanugarn -28 (-8)
3. Tiffany Joh -25 (-5)
3. Amy Yang -25(-7)
5. Hyo Joo Kim -24 (-4)

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