Feng had best playing partner in the world
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Just a few days ago, Simin Feng had the best playing partner in the world.
The 14-year-old was paired with top-ranked Lorena Ochoa for the final round of the LPGA’s Hana Bank Kolon Championship in Incheon, South Korea, last weekend. The experience allowed her to see first-hand what it’s like to be No. 1.
“You know how people follow Tiger? Whenever Lorena hits a shot they just walk, they don’t care about other players,” Feng explained.
Feng, who entered the tournament on a sponsor’s exemption and finished 70th at 16-over 232, also got caught in the middle of the action when many fans whipped out their cell phones to get pictures of Ochoa as the group was shuttled from No. 18 to No. 1.
Despite the chaos of an Ochoa-hungry crowd, Feng didn’t escape the experience without learning a thing or two.
“Their mistakes are not exaggerated, like I did,” she said of LPGA players like Ochoa. “Their mistakes are very small.”
The extended course length and quick greens also made Saturday’s round at the Golfweek Junior Invitational at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla., seem a little easier for Feng. She shot 3-over 75 after a double bogey at 18, and is four shots behind leader Stephanie Meadow.
I had previously reported the event as Feng’s first appearance on the LPGA, but she also played in the Grand China Air LPGA in 2008 (finishing T-58 at 13-over 229). As for her junior career, Feng’s most notable accomplishment was a win at the 2008 AJGA Annika Invitational.