China's Shanshan Feng fired a final round two-under-par 70 to win the TOTO Japan Classic by one shot over South Korea's Ha Na Jang on Sunday for her second straight victory.
The 27-year-old Feng nailed three straight mid-round birdies at the Taiheiyo Club's tree-lined Minori Course for a 13 under total 203 to pocket $225,000.00 and her sixth LPGA Tour title a week after winning in Malaysia.
Feng birdies the ninth, tenth, 11th and 17th holes with a double bogey on the 18th.
Korea Republic’s, Jang, shot her third straight 68 with birdies at the first, fourth and fifth on the front nine and followed that up with birdies on the 11th, 16th and 17th while bogeying the fifth and 13th. Last month, Jang won in Taiwan for her third LPGA victory of the year.
Japan's Kotone Hori (68) tied for third at 10 under with defending champion Sun-Ju Ahn (70), So Yeon Ryu(68) and Soo-Yun Kang (71) while a shot back at nine under were Suzann Pettersen (72), Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum (70) and Korea Republic's Mi Hyang Lee (70).
Ariya Jutanugarn, who was one shot off the pace on Saturday, fired a disappointing 74 to tie for 10th at eight under, missing the chance to wrap up the LPGA Tour player of the year award with a victory, having won five times this season.
Andrew Coltart admits he’s concerned about the growing trend of long hitters carving up golf courses.
The tournament was the first European Tour event since the sporting shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The 23-year-old had started the final round three strokes behind his fellow American.
Poulter is six shots back heading into the final round.
The Englishman produced an excellent sand save on the last to see him finish the day at 10 under par.
The 44-year-old’s last appearance on the PGA Tour was in mid-February.
The biennial match between the United States and Europe will now take place in September 2021 at Whistling Straits.
Organisers hope to stage the event in September 2021.