KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – China’s Feng Shanshan ripped four birdies and an eagle through the final eight holes to shoot an eight-under 63 and overtake Pornanong Phatlum for victory at the LPGA Sime Darby Malaysia yesterday.
Feng, 25, notched a three-stroke win over the Thai, who cooled down the stretch just as Feng was heating up, giving the 2012 LPGA Championship winner her fourth Tour win.
Feng punctuated her strong finish with an eagle on the par-five 16th hole at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, eventually finishing the tournament at an 18-under 266 and taking home the $300,000 first prize.
Pornanong began the day with a three-shot lead after the first three rounds on the par-71 course.
But the 24-year-old Thai could manage only a one-under-par 70 on the decisive day, sealing her fate with a double bogey on the par-three 15th hole. She finished at 15-under for the tournament.
Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg also closed strongly, posting a nine-birdie 63 to finish the week at 14-under and in a tie for third with South Koreans Chella Choi and Ryu So-Yeon.
Korea’s Choi Na-Yeon was at 13-under, with compatriot Lee Il-Hee a stroke further back.
World number one Stacy Lewis of the United States, who led after the first round, shot a 69 Sunday, not enough to make up for middle rounds of 71 and 72 on a course that yielded low scores to others.
Lewis finished at seven-under for the $2 million tournament, which is part of the LPGA’s annual multi-event swing through Asia.