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Monday, December 14, 2015

The Limerick Summary: 2015 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters

Winner: Shanshan Feng

Around the wider world of golf: Jamie Donaldson won the Thailand Golf Championship on the Asian Tour; Adam Svensson won medalist honors at the Tour Qualifying Tournament; Matias Simasky won the Copa Diners Club Mitad del Mundo on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; Jason Dufner & Brandt Snedeker won the Franklin Templeton Shootout (an unofficial PGA Tour event); and Lanny and Tucker Wadkins won the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

Shanshan Feng gets trophy from HRH Princess Haya

It's not often that we see history made on the LET. The LPGA and the various other women's tours tend to get all the attention. And on an individual leverl, Inbee Park and Lydia Ko tend to garner all the press coverage.

But Shanshan Feng did some pretty spectacular things this week at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, and I think we need to make sure we show her a little love.

To start with, she absolutely blistered the field at the Emirates Golf Club. Remember, the men play this course as well. But it was Shanshan who posted the largest winning margin on ANY tour this year with a 12-shot victory. And this was a truly mind-blowing performance, as she began the final round with only a 5-stroke lead. She shot 67-67-67-66 for the tournament. Bear in mind that, as this GC post notes, the rest of the field only managed nine 67s or better all week.

This course played hard, folks, and Shanshan made it look easy. In fact, this is her third win at Dubai in four years. Nobody has ever done that before. I think the word for that is dominance.

And while she didn't win on the LPGA this season, she won twice on the LET -- which, btw, was enough to help her win the Order of Merit. Bear in mind that Shanshan Feng is the first Chinese player to win the LET Order of Merit.

Like I said, we saw some history this week.

As I write this, Shanshan is #6 in the Rolex Rankings. However, she's only half a point behind #5 so she might move up by the time you read this. But no matter what else happens, she gets a nice new Limerick Summary to finish out her year. Way to go, girl!
We ought to say more about Feng.
The field has to feel they’ve been stung
When she goes up by twelve,
Gets more trophies to shelve
And makes hist’ry. This hero’s unsung!
The photo came from this page at the LET website.

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