Every week throughout 2012, we will spotlight one LPGA player and provide an in depth look into her life -- both on the course and off of it. Keep coming back each day to learn more about Shanshan Feng.
|After first win in Japan, Guangzhou Golf associate congratulated her||June of 2007, father first time came to USA to see her|
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Q&A With Shanshan Feng
LPGA.com caught up with Shanshan Feng for a quick Q&A. History was made on both sides of the Atlantic as Shanshan Feng won the Wegmans LPGA Championship, the first player from mainland China to win a golf Major on any Tour, and across the pond, GB & Ireland ended a 16-year wait for Curtis Cup glory by beating the United States by one point. The Curtis Cup joins the Ryder, Solheim and Walker Cups on this side of the Atlantic for the first time in golf history.
LPGA: On what she’s done since becoming a major winner
FENG: We only had one week off so I didn’t go back to China. I was in Orlando, but I didn’t practice too much. I was really tired. I talked to all my friends and my parents and they were all so excited. I didn’t do a lot other than that. I took it easy.
LPGA: On her expectations moving forward
FENG: I know I just won a major, but I don’t think that makes me special. It means I’m good enough to win, but I don’t expect to win every tournament. I just want to stay patient.
LPGA: On the reaction of her family
FENG: Everyone said congrats and they all feel so happy for me. My dad cried. It means that they were very proud of me.
LPGA: On the impact her win has on golf in China
FENG: There was a lot of news about my win in China. People were comparing me to Li Na. I will say that my win may help more people to know golf in China. I wouldn’t say I’ll be as big as Li Na though. I’ll try to help people recognize golf in China though.
Feng scores big triumph for herself, native country of China
BY NEAL REID
Little did she know, but Shanshan Feng winning the Wegmans LPGA Championship two weeks ago was not only a major stroke for her own career, but for the world of golf in her native China.
As the first player from China to win on the LPGA Tour, Feng made history and inspired a nation in one fell swoop. Her life has been busy since the big win, but when she returns to China following next week’s U.S. Women’s Open, it could morph into a downright tornado of activity.
“I am going back to China after the (U.S. Women’s) Open, so I’ll see if my life in China is going to change,” said Feng, who earned $375,000 for her two-stroke victory on June 10. “I could tell when I was in Canada last week, a lot of people – the spectators and volunteers – all recognized me. They were calling me ‘Jenny,’ because they must have watched my (TV) interview and I told them my English name is Jenny. Almost everyone was calling me ‘Jenny,’ so I’m very happy.” More>>