Shanshan Feng won her third straight Dubai Ladies Masters, and her fourth in total, after a final-round 64 gave her a two shot-win over Charley Hull.

The Chinese Olympic bronze medallist was five back but had four straight birdies from the 2nd, added another hat-trick from the 9th and an eighth birdie at the 14th saw her over the line.

For Feng this was her seventh LET victory and her fourth win in 2016, as well as the medal in Rio.

England’s Felicity Johnson led overnight after a 64 of her own on Friday and she played the first six holes in two under but then had three bogeys and a double around the turn.

Hull, who won the LPGA Tour Championship, gave it a real go with an error-free 65 but it wasn’t quite enough.

India’s Aditi Ashok ended in a tie for third with Florentyna Parker and she secured the Rookie of the Year honours. American Beth Allen wrapped up the Order of Merit after a brilliant season.

The season-ending event was reduced to 54 holes on Wednesday after caddy Max Zechmann collapsed on the course before being taken to hospital, where he later died.

What Feng said: “I’m really happy that I actually brought out my A Game. I knew that it was going to be windy and I knew that playing in the wind is one of my strongest parts. So even though I was five behind, I always thought that maybe I would still have a chance to win.

“I tried my best and an 8-under was a pretty good score.”




Mark Townsend

Been watching and playing golf since the early 80s and generally still stuck in this period. Huge fan of all things Robert Rock, less so white belts. Handicap of 8, fragile mind and short game

Handicap: 8

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