Feng wins Thunderbird in playoff
Monday, May 25, 2009
Yueer Cindy Feng bested Sarah Brown in a two-hole, sudden-death playoff Monday to win the Thunderbird International Junior. Daniel Lee shot a final-round 2-under-par 70 to put the finishing touch on his wire-to-wire victory in the boys’ division.
Feng and Brown went back and forth all day and ended up tied at 3-under-par 213 at the end of regulation. They both made pars on the first playoff hole, No. 10, but Feng sunk a 15-footer for birdie on No. 11 to clinch the victory.
“I’m happy that I got the win but I know I could’ve done better,” Feng said.
In January, Feng held a one-shot lead after the second round at the Annika Invitational. She shot a final-round 76 and tied for fourth.
The victory is the seventh in Feng’s AJGA career. The 13-year-old won six tournaments in 2008, her first year of AJGA competition.
“It is definitely the biggest win I have ever had,” she said.
Finishing in third was Kristina Wong of Bradenton, Fla., at 1-under-par 215.
Lee, 16, continued his record-setting weekend by finishing the tournament at 18-under-par 198. He set 18-, 36-, and 54-hole records while clinching his first AJGA victory.
“I can’t even describe what I’m feeling right now,” Lee said. “This is the best I have ever played.”
His bogey-free streak ended on No. 5 Monday, giving him a string of 40 holes without a blemish on his scorecard. Lee’s final round included four birdies and one other bogey, on No. 18.
“Every shot I hit was with confidence,” Lee said. “I just wanted to play it safe and was able to do that. I’m just really happy.”
Michael Hebert finished second at 14-under 202.
– The AJGA contributed to this report