Shanshan Feng inched her way up the leader board on Sunday to become the first-ever player from mainland China to win an LPGA event. The 22-year-old birdied the 17th hole to give her a two-stroke lead over Mika Miyazato, Suzann Pettersen, Mika Miyazato, Stacy Lewis and and Eun-Hee Ji, claiming the $375,000 prize. She also becomes the third Rolex First-Time Winner of 2012, joining Rolex Rankings No. 18 Azahara Munoz (Sybase Match Play) and No. 81 Jessica Korda (Honda LPGA Thailand), and is the seventh player to record her first LPGA victory at the LPGA Championship.
Feng entered the final round just three strokes off leader Eun-Hee Ji’s pace with 1-under, sharing seventh place with seven others. She slowly inched her way up the leader board, posting five birdies and no bogeys on Sunday. The four-year veteran on tour is projected to jump from No. 10 to No. 4 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.
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