Defending champion Shanshan Feng will be looking to etch her name into the record books when she competes in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters at Emirates Golf Club from December 9 to 12.
A figurehead for golf in her native China, Feng has put herself within touching distance of securing an unprecedented third title after delivering a masterpiece in 2014 which saw the Guangzhou ace stroll to an emphatic five-shot win and join legendary Annika Sorenstam as the only two-time winners of the event in Dubai.
Also, the only golfer from China, man or woman, to win a major, a feat she achieved at the Women’s PGA Championship in 2012, Feng will be joined by Dame Laura Davies, social media sensation Paige Spiranac, Pornanong Phatlum, the 2013 winner, and rising star Charley Hull among other big names in a strong 108-player field.
“I’ve got great memories of Dubai and it will be fun to get back to a golf course where I have had a good run. My immediate goal, however, is to try and post a top-five finish,” said Feng, who shot a record 22-under en route to her five-shot win in 2012 and followed it with a top-five finish in 2013.
“Of course, if I have a chance to do better, I will go for it. Obviously, finishing the season with a win and becoming the only one with three titles will make me really happy,” said the 26-year-old, who is also an Omega brand ambassador.
“This is one of my favourite stops on the Ladies European Tour, one that exudes the energy of a major with a deeply-talented field. So, I’m very excited and looking forward to what I believe will be a strong competition,” said who Feng who has already assured herself of the European Tour Order of Merit title by taking her earnings to € 324,213 (Dh1.26 million), a good €93,4366 ahead of Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen.
Currently ranked sixth in the world, Feng boasts 14 wins, including four each on the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour since turning professional in 2007. Seven top-10 finishes, including a tied third at the LPGA’s Marathon Classic this season, meant her game is trending in the right direction ahead of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters that celebrates its 10th edition this year.
Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi, said: “Shanshan is a world-class player, one whose achievements have put golf on a trajectory for growth in China. Like everyone, we are really impressed by his constant quest for high performance.
“A likeable character on the golf course, Shanshan’s rise to top echelon underscores the growing strength of Asia as a centre of the women’s professional game.
“We look forward to welcoming our defending champion back and hope that his visit will be rewarding once again,” he added.
The Omega Dubai Ladies Masters is backed by OMEGA as the title sponsor and Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC as sponsor. The co-sponsors are: CNN, Drydocks World & Maritime World, Emirates NBD, Gulf News, JA Resorts and Hotels, Mercedes-Benz and wasl, while Dubai Duty Free, Neocasa Interiors and Motivate Publishing are the Patrons in golf in DUBAi’s drive to showcase the emirate’s vibrant golfing scene to a worldwide audience.