The Associated Press ONEIDA, Wis. (AP) — Feng Shanshan set a high target for such low scoring at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, and she figured she had done enough.
Three birdies in a four-hole stretch had taken her from three shots behind to one shot ahead Sunday, or so she thought. It was only after she hit 7-iron to 3 feet on the final hole that she saw the leaderboard and realized she was tied with Ariya Jutanugarn.
“I’m like, ‘Oh, no. I have to make that one,’” Feng said.
No problem. Leaving the flagstick in, she rolled in her final birdie putt for a 9-under 63 and a one-shot victory over Jutanugarn, who had hit 8-iron to 3 feet for birdie and a 64. Feng won for the 10th time on the LPGA Tour, but her first victory since Blue Bay in China in November 2017.
The shootout on the soft Thornberry Creek at Oneida course materialized the way everyone expected.
Patty Tavatanakit shot 61 and was part of a five-way tie for the lead before the final two groups even teed off. She wound up in a tie for 15th. Seven players had at least a share of the lead at some point in the final round.Speech