Feng wins title, Hull Order of Merit
Shanshan Feng eased to a five-shot win in Dubai, while Charley Hull became the youngest ever LET Order of Merit winner.
Feng hardly needed to work up a sweat as she claimed her second Omega Dubai Ladies Masters in the space of three years at Emirates Golf Club on Saturday.
Five in front overnight, the gifted golfer closed with a two-under 70 to finish at 19 under in delightful conditions for her second win in three appearances in the season-ending Ladies European Tour event.
“It’s my second time to win here, and the staff just told me I’m actually one of the two people that has won twice here, and the other one is Annika. So it makes me like feel really proud of myself,” Feng said.
Spain’s Carlota Ciganda birdied the final hole to return a 69 to take solo second on 14-under, one ahead of Caroline Masson of Germany with Anna Nordqvist of Sweden in solo fourth one stroke back.
England’s Charley Hull sealed the Ladies European Tour’s ISPS HANDA Order of Merit title after tying for fifth place with compatriots Liz Young and Melissa Reid, as well as Danish duo Nicole Broch Larsen and Malene Jorgensen.
Hull becomed the youngest ever winner of the Order of Merit title, just 12 months after being named Rookie of the Year.
“It’s good to win,” said Hull. “I didn’t really know coming into this week. Yeah, just the back nine today, I just thought don’t make any silly mistakes. I doubled the first but got two birdies on the bounce back so pretty happy with myself there.
“I went double, birdie, birdie, bogey, birdie. So it was an interesting front nine. But towards the end of the back nine, I really got the feeling with my woods off the tee. I started feeling so much more confident. Just working on getting a bit more width on my swing. I definitely feel a lot more confident.”
Hull, who was the youngest woman ever to compete in the international Solheim Cup matches in 2013, continued to impress in 2014.
On March 16, four days before her 18th birthday, she won her first professional title at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco. She went on to record eight additional top 10 finishes during the season. This included two seconds at the Sanya Ladies Open in China and Ladies German Open presented by Marriott, as well as third in the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open.
In the race for the Omega Rookie of the Year, Amy Boulden from Wales held off the challenge of Sally Watson and Nicole Broch Larsen to take the prestigious title. Broch Larsen gave a fantastic chase, but could not catch Boulden, who tied for 24th.
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