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First Chinese to Win a Major at LPGA

First Chinese to Win a Major at LPGA

The 22-year-old Chinese golfer, Feng Shanshan, won the LPGA Championship, held in Pittsford, New York. With a closing score of 5-under-par 67, she bagged the title from Mika Mayazato of Japan, who was two shots behind.

Born in Beijing, Feng started playing golf when she was barely 10. She moved to the U.S. in her teens, where she continued to hone her skills. She first joined the LPGA in 2008 and made her first win in the same year.

Though she thought she had a chance of winning, being three strokes off the lead for the final, she still didn’t think that the title would come that day. “I was focusing on every shot. If I win, I win. If I don’t, I don’t. It just worked out,” she shared after the event. Her two goals for 2012 were to win the LPGA and become one of the top 10 players in a major event. ”I did them both together,” she said, describing her accomplishments.

“I think I’m just lucky… There are good players from China now. I became the first one but I’m sure there will be more people winning in the states and in the majors,” she said during an interview with ESPN.

More young golfers are getting into the game as the Chinese economy takes off. It’s expected that the number of golfers will increase to 20 million players by 2020. Another Chinese golfer, Guan Tianlang, made his name in the sport when he became the youngest player on the European Tour, at 13 years old.

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