The 10th edition of Omega Dubai Ladies Masters produces a thrilling finish
DUBAI, Dec 12 – Under the patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the landmark 10th edition of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters came to an end on Saturday, announcing Shanshan Feng, who strolled to a record 12-shot victory, as this year’s tournament winner. HRH Princess Haya attended the prize giving ceremony to present the winner’s trophy.
“I am really delighted to win in Dubai, which is a lucky place for me,” said the 26-year-old Feng at the presentation ceremony which was also attended by Mohamed Juma Buamaim, Vice-Chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi, Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of the Dubai Sports Council, and representatives of the sponsors.
A good five shots in front, Feng conjured another piece of magic on the Majlis course, going bogey-free in her final round of 66. Her target was 20 under par, but she surpassed her own goal with a birdie on the iconic 18th hole to seal her third Dubai win and equal her own record of 21 under par.
“Coming to this tournament my goal was a top-five finish and I’m delighted to exceed my expectations. Dubai has been really good me, a lucky place, indeed,” said Feng who made three birdies in each half.
“It wasn’t easy out there in the windy conditions, but I kept my composure and got the job done in the end,” she said.
Thailand’s Thidapa Suwannapura, who shot a final round 73, finished second on nine-under par with England’s Melissa Reid a stroke back in third.
Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand, Germany’s Caroline Masson and Frenchwoman Jade Schaeffer finished tied for fourth place on seven-under par.
Winning the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters was the icing on the cake for Shanshan Feng, who has also become the first player from China to win the Ladies European Tour’s Order of Merit.
Feng teed up in Dubai with an unassailable lead and, after collecting a first prize cheque for 75,000 euros, took her season’s earnings to 399,213.41 euros, 150,062.84 euros ahead of second placed Reid.
Feng now has 14 career wins, including five on the Ladies European Tour, since turning professional in 2007.
“We are, indeed, privileged to have the official patronage of HRH Princess Haya, who herself is an accomplished sportswoman. Her support has been vital to the growth of this tournament,” said Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAI.
“In line with Dubai’s commitment to encourage women to take to sporting activities for healthy living, we organised “pink day’ on Friday to raise awareness about breast cancer and support initiatives of Al Jalila Foundation Research Centre. I would to thank all players for their enthusiastic support to the noble cause,” he said.
The Omega Dubai Ladies Masters and the Omega Dubai Desert Classic are backed by OMEGA as the title sponsor and Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC as sponsor. The co-sponsors are: CNN, Drydocks World, Emirates NBD, Gulf News, Jebel Ali Resorts and Hotels, Mercedes 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.