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Shanshan supreme

Alex Leach / 9 December 2012

Shanshan Feng claimed the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters title at Emirates Golf Club on Saturday after comprehensively outclassing the floundering field for a third day in a row.

The Chinese 23-year-old shot her worst round of the week with a three-under par 69, but — combined with excellent earlier efforts of 66 (six-under), 65 (seven-under) and 67 (five-under) — she finished on a highly impressive 21-under.

That terrific tally proved more than enough to take away the €75,000 first prize and end up third on ISPS Handa Order of Merit, with €202,147.53 from three Ladies European Tour (LET) events overall.

Runner-up Dewi Claire Schreefel, of the Netherlands, was five strokes adrift on 16-under, while Germany’s Caroline Masson and Becky Brewerton, of Wales, were tied for third a further four back on 12-under.

“I’m very happy because I had the lead for three days in a row and I didn’t want to give it away on the last day,” said Shanshan, who broke the lowest 72-hole score record of 270 set by Sweden’s Annika Sorenstram and In Kyung Kim, of South Korea, in 2006 and 2009 respectively with her 267 here.

“This tournament is like a major on the LET and I’d always heard that it’s very nice. Finally, I got the chance to play to play in it and I like it. I like the golf course – of course – as I shot 21-under and I haven’t really been to the malls yet, but I’m going right after this interview.”

Shanshan readily admitted that she fully expected somebody to emerge from the chasing pack and challenge her supremacy at the top of the leaderboard. However, none of her closest competitors shot anywhere near low enough to make an impression on Shanshan’s already-commanding advantage.Scores

>267  Feng Shanshan (CHN) 66-65-67-69

272 Dewi Claire Schreefel (NED) 69-71-63-69

276 Becky Brewerton (WAL) 70-73-68-65, Caroline Masson (GER) 68-68-69-71,

277 Lorie Kane (CAN) 68-70-68-71, Cindy Lacrosse (USA) 67-69-69-72, Gwladys Nocera (FRA) 68-68-68-73

278 Line Vedel (DEN) 69-72-68-69, Felicity Johnson (ENG) 68-67-72-71

279 Carlota Ciganda (ESP) 70-68-73-68, Veronica Zorzi (ITA) 71-73-67-68, Lexi Thompson (USA) 69-68-72-70, Nontaya Srisawang (THA) 68-73-68-70, Holly Aitchison (ENG) 70-72-66-71, Caroline Hedwall (SWE) 69-71-67-72

280 Julieta Granada (PAR) 70-70-69-71, Laura Davies (ENG) 71-71-66-72

281 Pernilla Lindberg (SWE) 74-70-70-67

282 Michelle Wie (USA) 70-73-70-69, Sarah Kemp (AUS) 69-72-72-69, Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA) 69-72-71-70, Trish Johnson (ENG) 70-71-71-70, Florentyna Parker (ENG) 66-74-69-73

283 Caroline Afonso (FRA) 74-70-70-69, Elizabeth Bennett (ENG) 69-73-71-70, Yu Yang Zhang (CHN) 69-74-70-70, Sahra Hassan (WAL) 67-76-69-71, Bree Arthur (AUS) 69-70-71-73, Joanna Klatton (FRA) 71-65-72-75

284 Hee Kyung-Seo (KOR) 74-70-73-67, Becky Morgan (WAL) 69-75-70-70, Linda Wessberg (SWE) 70-70-73-71, Kristie Smith (AUS) 70-72-69-73

285 Tandy Cunningham (RSA) 72-69-73-71, Jennie Lee (USA) 70-69-75-71, Stacey Keating (AUS) 72-70-71-72, Beth Allen (USA) 70-70-72-73, Lydia Hall (WAL) 68-71-72-74, Hannah Jun (USA) 71-72-68-74, Klara Spilkova (CZE) 67-73-69-76

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