IJGT Alum Shanshan Feng wins LPGA’s CME Group Titleholders

Former International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) member and current LPGA Tour player, Shanshan Feng, won her second LPGA event of the year at the CME Group Titleholders at Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Fla., on Nov. 21-24, 2013. At the season-ending tournament featuring some of the world’s top players, the 24-year-old from Guangzhou, China, had a remarkable outing that has moved her up to No. 4 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf rankings as of Nov. 25.

She carded a 15-under-par 273 at the event, including a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 in the final round which tied for the lowest score of the day. The performance solidified Feng’s one-shot victory over American and third-round co-leader Gerina Piller, and put her two shots ahead of third place finisher, Pornanong Phatlum. Her first, second and third round scores were 66-74-67, respectively.

Shanshan Feng headshot

Shanshan Feng was a member of the IJGT and a standout IJGA student.

This was the third victory of Feng’s career, and the second in her last four starts. She recently won at the Reignwood LPGA Classic (Oct. 3-6), was runner-up at the Sime Darby Malaysia (Oct. 10-13), and tied for eighth at the Mizuno Classic (Nov. 8-10) before this week’s finale. Feng’s $700,000 winnings gives her the tour’s largest winner’s check this year and officially puts her at just over $4,000,000 in total career earnings.

Before turning pro in 2007, Feng was a seasoned IJGT veteran, playing on the tour and winning four events during the 2007-2008 season. That year, Feng qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open, and was named the Top Chinese Amateur by Golfweek in 2008She tied for ninth at that season’s LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn tour exemption for the 2008 LPGA season and turned pro immediately after. She gained her first victory at the Wegman’s LPGA Championship on June 7-10, 2012.

Stats and feature image courtesy of LPGA.com.