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Shanshan Feng outguns Ariya in Wisconsin

Two former world number one golfers, Shanshan Feng and Ariya Jutanugarn, today fought out the final stages of the Thornberry Creek Classic in Wisconsin, Feng with birdies at four of her last six holes edging one shot clear to take her 10th LPGA Tour title.

Feng, who was one of the dominant players on the LPGA Tour for several years, has struggled with her form in recent times as a result of trying to get greater distance from the tee but, realising her mistake, she is back playing at the very high level she established earlier in her career.

“I would say that my ball striking is always my strength,” said Feng when asked about the quality of her tee to green game today. “But actually starting from last year kind of lost it a little bit. I tried to get more distance off the tees and then actually maybe just messed up the feeling about control.”

Feng recorded a 72 hole total of 29 under par, playing the weekend in 16 under par in one of the LPGA Tour’s lowest scoring tournaments. Last year’s winning total was 31 under par but, interestingly, despite the seemingly easy nature of the golf course, it took some of the game’s best to contend.

Jutanugarn appeared the player to beat when she raced to the turn in 30 in today’s final round a run which included two eagles and when she added two more birdies by the 13th she appeared to have established a winning break.

Feng’s strong finish and a mistake by Jutanugarn at the reachable par 5 15th however proved costly for the Thai champion and although she would birdie the last, so too would Feng to hold on for her first victory since 2017.

South Korea’s Amy Yang finished in a share of 3rd with American Tiffany Joe.

Neither of the two Australians in the field, Katherine Kirk, a former winner of the event, and Robyn Choi were able to survive the 36 hole cut.

The LPGA now heads to Sylvania in Illinois for the Marathon Classic.

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