Shanghai Classic yields 1st Chinese winner since '09
Sunday, April 3, 2011
The winless streak is over.
China's Ye Liying won the Shanghai Classic on Sunday, marking the first time a Chinese woman has triumphed on the China LPGA Tour since 2009.
Liying outlasted Tian Hong to win the Tour's first tournament of the year, firing a final round, 2-under 70 at the Shanghai Sports and Country Club to finish the 54-hole tournament at 217 and claim a $7,500 check.
Overnight leader Mina Nakayama shot an 82 to finish 11 shots back.
Liying is a regular on the Japan LPGA Tour, but returned home after last month's devastating earthquake.
“It’s my pleasure winning this tournament. It was windy, wet and cold when I started today. I played a little bit conservative on the front nine. I didn’t pay much attention to the leaderboard and just played my game,” Liying told AsianGolfDailly.com
“I had an idea that I had the lead at the 16th hole, but at that time I was leading by a lot which made me play more aggressively. I got a bogey at the 17th, but it is a mistake I could accept. We all know that the (U.S.) LPGA Tour will come to China this August [for the Imperial Springs LPGA tournament in Guangzhou], and I hope to earn enough points to enter the field.”
Tian, the China LPGA rookie of the year, carded her best performance on the Tour to date.
"The result is not expected,” said the Xian native. “Today it is not good weather for playing golf, but I'm so excited to finish the runner-up."