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Shanshan Feng leads Blue Bay LPGA after 3 rounds

14 November 2017

Feng Shanshan is to be China's first golfer ranked world number one after she claimed back-to-back wins with a thrilling victory at the Blue Bay LPGA on Saturday.

Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn (70) was second at 8 under, just one shot behind Feng after narrowly missing a birdie attempt on the 72nd hole.

With both players tied at nine-under through 12 holes, the 13th hole proved the difference as Feng sank a 20-foot birdie putt while playing partner Moriya missed a 10-foot par putt for a two-shot swing.

The 28-year-old begun the final round at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club on seven under, leading Jutanugarn by a single stroke.

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"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", Feng said.

Not only does she claim the top spot in the World rankings, but Feng has now moved in to third position in the LPGA Tour standings ahead of next seasons finale - where any of the top five will be crowned the Race to CME Globe champion and win the $1million bonus prize with a victory.

"I really enjoy the moment and hopefully, this could encourage a younger generation in China to go for this sport". "Then, I mean, after, even though she made it, I still have to make my par putt, so I tried not to watch her", Feng said. "I mean, Shanshan is a great player, and very happy for her that she played really solid", said the 24-year-old who has posted 11 top-10 finishes on the US LPGA Tour this season. Her first coming at the 2013 Reignwood LPGA Classic.

In a display of sportsmanship, Feng said she wanted Moriya to make the putt at the final hole and had found it hard to watch.

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"Of course everybody is cheering for her". Who mixed in one bogey with two birdies over the front nine to turn for home at eight under for the tournament.

"However, that didn't happen because I didn't realize that actually the par putt that I was facing could be so, so, so important, and I was really nervous, especially on the half a yard, I was a little bit nervous, even shivering".

A foursome of golfers finished tied for fourth, including South Korean Sung Hyun Park (72) - whose reign as world No. 1 is projected to come to an end after just one week - South African Ashleigh Buhai (73), and Americans Megan Khang (68) and Jessica Korda (71).

The 2017 LPGA season will wrap up this week at the CME Group Tour Championship.

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Shanshan Feng leads Blue Bay LPGA after 3 rounds