Shanshan Feng to be first Chinese world number one golfer


- China's Shanshan Feng is projected to take over the women's world number one ranking after she completed back-to-back victories with a one-stroke win at the Blue Bay LPGA at home on Sunday.

Feng's fellow Chinese players showered the trailblazer in water on the 18th green at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club.

Park Sung-hyun has lost the world No. 1 position in women's golf to a Chinese rival only a week after she became the first rookie to reach the top of the LPGA Tour.

Feng mixed four birdies with two bogeys on her way to a two-under 70 in Hainan Island to hold off Moriya Jutanugarn and secure a third victory of the season, seeing her rise to world No 1.

"I was not trying to watch (Moriya) because I know that... even though she made it, I still have to make my par putt".

This is the 28-year-old's ninth win on the LPGA Tour and third of 2017 (only I.K. Kim has as many victories this season).

To reach the top spot in the Rolex Rankings, Feng moved past Park, who reached No. 1 last Monday. on November 6.

She told "I'm really, really excited and very proud of myself and I think it's special because I won this tournament to become world number one".

In this Associated Press photo taken October 29, 2017, Feng Shanshan of China tees off at the 14th hole during the final round of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at Tournament Players Club (TPC) in Kuala Lumpur.

"I finished first in China, so I actually claimed the world number one in front of all the people at home". She has nine other top-10 finishes this season, including at three of the season's five majors. "I really enjoy the moment and hopefully this could encourage a younger generation in China to go for this sport". "A never-ending 2017, that would be great", said Feng.

The LPGA Tour heads back to the United States next week for the CME Group Tour Championship in Florida, which will be the final event of the 2017 season.