Feng sizzles, Ko fizzles out
China's Feng Shanshan won her second Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia title in three years as a final-round charge from world No. 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand fizzled out yesterday.
Feng, who won in 2014, had stormed into the lead with a seven-under 64 in a rain-interrupted third round that forced her and several others to wait until early yesterday to finish up.
She then started the final round with a bogey on the first hole but regained her footing to finish at 17 under for a three-stroke win over Norway's Suzann Pettersen at TPC Kuala Lumpur.
With the win, the ebullient Feng ended a two-year title drought.
Ko struggled early in the tournament but jumped into contention after shooting 65 on Saturday.
She made a run with three birdies on the front nine yesterday but her hopes evaporated when she double-bogeyed 15, and later bogeyed the final hole to finish at eight under with a closing even-par 71.
Ko, 19, hasn't won since the Marathon Classic in July.
Feng pockets a US$270,000 prize for the tournament.
Anna Nordqvist of Sweden and South Korea's Amy Yang ended up tied for third at 12 under. - AFP.