Feng in 2014
|Born||August 5, 1989|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Current tour(s)||LPGA Tour (joined 2008)|
Ladies European Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|Ladies European Tour||7|
|LPGA of Japan Tour||7|
|Best results in LPGA major championships|
|ANA Inspiration||6th: 2014|
|Women's PGA C'ship||Won: 2012|
|U.S. Women's Open||T4: 2012|
|Women's British Open||T2: 2014|
|Evian Championship||3rd: 2015|
|Achievements and awards|
|Ladies European Tour|
Order of Merit
|2016 Rio de Janeiro||Golf|
Shanshan Feng (Chinese: 冯珊珊; pinyin: Féng Shān Shān, Mandarin pronunciation: [fə̌ŋ ʂə́ŋ ʂə́ŋ]; born 5 August 1989) is a Chinese professional golfer who plays on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. She is the first player from China to become a member of the LPGA Tour, which she joined in 2008. Feng has nine victories on the tour, including the 2012 LPGA Championship, a major title, in which she shot a bogey-free 67 in the final round to win by two strokes. She is the first player from China to win an LPGA major championship, as well as the first player from mainland China (male or female) to win a major championship. Her best finish in 16 previous majors was a tie for 22nd at the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship. With the victory, she moved from tenth to fifth in the Women's World Golf Rankings. On 20 August 2016, Feng won the Olympic bronze medal in women's golf at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. From November 2017 to April 2018, she was first in the Women's World Golf Rankings.
- 1 Early life, family and early golf development
- 2 Amateur career
- 3 Professional wins (22)
- 4 Major championships
- 5 Olympics medals (1)
- 6 LPGA Tour career summary
- 7 World ranking
- 8 Team appearances
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Early life, family and early golf development
Feng was born in Guangzhou, in the province of Guangdong, and started playing golf at age 10 at the urging of her father, Feng Xiong, who worked at the golf association in their hometown.
Due to limited resources and a lack of reputable golf coaches, Feng’s father, who was the captain of a junior golf team, worked with her every day. During the week, Feng would attend school from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and then her father would bring her to the driving range where she would practice for two hours hitting golf balls off a mat. On the weekends, she travelled outside of the city to a local course to play practice rounds and work on her short game.
When Feng was in high school an agent discovered her, at a tournament in China, and this led to her meeting coach Gary Gilchrist. When Feng was 17 years old, Gilchrist offered her a full scholarship to attend his junior golf academy in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Feng accepted the offer and moved to the U.S hoping to become a professional golfer. Despite the scholarship to Gilchrist's academy, living expenses, tuition at a nearby high school, and traveling costs became heavy financial burdens on her parents, Feng Xiong and Zheng Yuyan, who both work at governmental institutes and earn average salaries. Feng's parents had spent almost all of their savings by the end of 2007, and they considered mortgaging their house to support their daughter. However, the family support paid off in December 2007 when Feng, a teenager amateur, earned a spot on the LPGA Tour's 2008 season after tying for ninth place at the Tour's qualifying tournament.
Feng won the China Junior Championship and the China Junior Open in 2004. She was a three-time winner of the China Amateur Tournament (2004–06). She was the Champion of the 2006 China Women's Amateur Open. A member of the 2006 All-China Championship Team, she earned a medalist honors at the event. In 2007 she was named Golfweeks's Top Chinese Amateur after winning four tournaments on the International Junior Golf Tour (IIGT) in 2007.
Professional wins (22)
LPGA Tour wins (9)
|Major championships (1)|
|Other LPGA Tour (8)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||10 Jun 2012||Wegmans LPGA Championship||72-73-70-67=282||−6||2 strokes|| Eun-Hee Ji
|2||6 Oct 2013||Reignwood LPGA Classic||70-64-64-68=266||−26||1 stroke||Stacy Lewis||270,000|
|3||24 Nov 2013||CME Group Titleholders||66-74-67-66=273||−15||1 stroke||Gerina Piller||700,000|
|4||12 Oct 2014||Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia||67-67-69-63=266||−18||3 strokes||Pornanong Phatlum||300,000|
|5||30 Oct 2016||Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia (2)||66-70-64-67=267||−17||3 strokes||Suzann Pettersen||270,000|
|6||6 Nov 2016||Toto Japan Classic^||69-64-70=203||−13||1 stroke||Jang Ha-na||225,000|
|7||28 May 2017||LPGA Volvik Championship||68-67-66-68=269||−19||1 stroke|| Minjee Lee
|8||5 Nov 2017||Toto Japan Classic^ (2)||66-63-68=197||−19||2 strokes||Ai Suzuki||225,000|
|9||11 Nov 2017||Blue Bay LPGA||69-67-73-70=279||−9||1 stroke||Moriya Jutanugarn||315,000|
^ Co-sanctioned with the LPGA of Japan Tour
LPGA Tour playoff record (0–3)
|1||2011||Mizuno Classic||Momoko Ueda||Lost to birdie on third extra hole|
|2||2012||HSBC Women's Champions|| Na Yeon Choi
|Stanford won with par on third extra hole|
Choi eliminated with par on second hole
Feng eliminated with par on first hole
|3||2014||Lorena Ochoa Invitational||Christina Kim||Lost to par on second extra hole|
LPGA of Japan Tour wins (7)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||7 Aug 2011||Meiji Cup||68-67-67=202||−13||2 strokes|| Eun-Bi Jang
|2||25 Sep 2011||Miyagi TV Cup Dunlop Ladies Open||70-70-68=208||−8||1 stroke||Yuri Fudoh||12,600,000|
|3||27 May 2012||Yonex Ladies||70-69-69=208||−8||Playoff||Yukari Baba||10,800,000|
|4||5 Aug 2012||Meiji Cup||72-70-67=209||−7||Playoff|| Sun-Ju Ahn
|5||30 Sep 2012||Japan Women's Open Golf Championship||68-75-74-71=288||E||1 stroke||Inbee Park||28,000,000|
|6||6 Nov 2016||Toto Japan Classic^||69-64-70=203||−13||1 stroke||Jang Ha-na||23,175,000|
|7||5 Nov 2017||Toto Japan Classic^ (2)||66-63-68=197||−19||2 strokes||Ai Suzuki||25,510,500|
^ Co-sanctioned with the LPGA Tour
Ladies European Tour wins (7)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||2 Mar 2012||World Ladies Championship
|66-69-71=206||−10||1 stroke||Pornanong Phatlum||56,275|
|2||8 Dec 2012||Omega Dubai Ladies Masters||66-65-67-69=267||−21||5 strokes||Dewi Claire Schreefel||75,000|
|3||13 Dec 2014||Omega Dubai Ladies Masters (2)||66-67-66-70=269||−19||5 strokes||Carlota Ciganda||75,000|
|4||10 May 2015||Buick Championship||65-67-69-70=271||−17||6 strokes||Kang Hyeon-seo||82,500|
|5||12 Dec 2015||Omega Dubai Ladies Masters (3)||67-67-67-66=267||−21||12 strokes||Thidapa Suwannapura||75,000|
|6||15 May 2016||Buick Championship (2)||71-66-70-67=274||−14||Playoff||Choi Na-yeon||72,324|
|7||10 Dec 2016||Omega Dubai Ladies Masters (4)||72-70-64=206||−10||2 strokes||Charley Hull||75,000|
Ladies European Tour playoff record (1–0)
|1||2016||Buick Championship||Choi Na-yeon||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
Other wins (1)
|2012||LPGA Championship||−6 (72-73-70-67=282)||2 strokes||Eun-Hee Ji, Stacy Lewis, Mika Miyazato, Suzann Pettersen|
Results not in chronological order before 2018.
|U.S. Women's Open||CUT||CUT||CUT||CUT||T42||T4||T9||T15||CUT||T38||T5||CUT|
|Women's PGA Championship||DNP||T58||CUT||T54||T50||1||T9||T6||T13||T17||CUT||T18|
|Women's British Open||DNP||CUT||T67||T73||T30||CUT||T25||T2||T24||T17||T7||T7|
|The Evian Championship ^||T11||T10||3||4||T6||T44|
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
|U.S. Women's Open||0||0||0||2||3||4||12||6|
|Women's PGA Championship||1||0||0||1||3||6||11||9|
|Women's British Open||0||1||0||1||3||6||11||9|
|The Evian Championship||0||0||1||2||4||5||5||5|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 12 (2013 Kraft Nabisco – 2015 WPC)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 4 (2014 British – 2015 ANA)
Olympics medals (1)
Singles: 1 (1 bronze medal)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Score||To par||Gold medalist||Silver medalist|
|1||20 Aug 2016||Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||70-67-68-69=273||−10||Inbee Park||Lydia Ko|
LPGA Tour career summary
- official through 2018 season
Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.
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- "Shanshan Feng Bio". LPGA. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
- Golf Channel television interview with Feng upon winning the 2012 LPGA Championship on 10 June 2012
- "Feng Shanshan, China's first golf number one and 'guinea pig'". Hong Kong Free Press. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
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- "Shanshan Feng results". LPGA. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
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- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 25 December 2017.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 31 December 2018.
- Shanshan Feng at the LPGA Tour official site
- Shanshan Feng at the Ladies European Tour official site
- Shanshan Feng at the Women's World Golf Rankings official site
| World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
13 November 2017 – 22 April 2018