Shanshan Feng birdied her final hole to win the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic by one shot, marking her 10th victory on tour

Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic report: What happened in Oneida?

Shanshan Feng picked up her 10th LPGA title after making birdie at the last to beat Ariya Jutanugarn by one shot.

The Chinese fan favourite carded a final round of 9-under-par in what was one of the lowest scoring events ever with her winning score of 29-under becoming the second lowest score in relation to par in LPGA history.

On the front nine, the 29-year-old put together a stretch of four birdies and with four in five holes coming home, she believed that she had done enough.

After sticking her approach to just a few feet at the last, Feng began what she thought was a victorious walk up the fairway, only to notice that she was tied with Jutanugarn who was waiting in the clubhouse.

The pressure was then piled on Feng’s birdie putt and she used her considerable experience of winning to keep her cool and roll it in.

She said: β€œI don’t look at the leaderboard, so I actually had no clue what the others were doing before I finished the round.

β€œI was walking up the hill on the last hole and I saw so many people, it looked like they were ready to have the ceremony already.

β€œSo I thought, maybe I’m winning. After I marked the ball I looked up at the leaderboard and I was like, hang on, there are two people tied at 28-under so I have to make this putt to actually be able to win.”

While Feng’s round of 63 was seriously impressive, it wasn’t the lowest round of the day, that accolade goes to Patty Tavatanakit who fired in an early 61, breaking the tournament scoring record for a single round.

Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic report: Talking points

Former World No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn showed signs of a return to form this week as she played her way to a solo 2nd finish.

This was the Thai star’s best finish of the season, a campaign in which she has struggle to reach the dizzy heights of 2018 when she won every major LPGA award including the Women’s US Open.

With back-to-back majors on the horizon at the Evian Championship and the British Open, Jutanugarn’s good form could have come at the ideal time for her to be in with a chance of adding yet another title to her CV.

Following her round, Jutanugarn was clearly impressed with her week, she said: β€œIt’s amazing because I didn’t expect to play that well at all.”


Yealimi Noh was one of the most impressive stories of the week, having come through Monday qualifiers.

The 17-year-old was making her LPGA professional debut and showed that she deserved her place in the field.

She finished the week on 23-under-par and in a tie for 6th place alongside World No. 1 Sung Hyun Park.

Noh had the chance to play college golf at UCLA but turned down the offer in favour of chasing her dreams by turning professional.

Following her strong performance, she now has a spot in next week’s Marathon Classic on the LPGA.


20-year-old amateur Presley Cornelius was in the field this week on a sponsors exemption, but it didn’t quite go to plan.

Cornelius was playing alongside Noh for the opening two rounds, as her partner shot 63-65, she recorded 96-103.

This combined for a score of +55 with 71 shots being the difference between the two after the conclusion of Friday’s round.

Joe Hughes

Tour editor covering men's golf, women's golf and anything else that involves the word golf, really. The talk is far better than the game, but the work has begun to change that.

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