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China’s Feng retains top spot in rankings

Feng Shanshan has retained her world No. 1 ranking following the LPGA Tour’s season finale, the latest women’s golf rankings showed on Monday.

Feng, the first golfer from China to claim a No. 1 ranking, finished the LPGA CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida, tied for 21st on Sunday.

That was enough to see her hang onto the No.1 spot she had obtained earlier this month.

South Korean rookie Park Sung-hyun was second in the rankings with her compatriot Ryu So-yeon third.

Park had looked poised to claim the top spot in the rankings from Feng after leading at the halfway stage at the Tour Championship.

American Lexi Thompson, who missed a two-footer on the final hole on Sunday that would have given her victory, was fourth in the rankings.

Instead Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn snatched the title with a 25-foot putt on the last. Sunday’s win helped Ariya move up to fifth in the rankings.

Meanwhile, Justin Rose has vowed not to dwell on narrowly missing a “fairytale ending” to the golf season after his implosion in Dubai cost him the annual European Tour prize by a single shot.

The Englishman had won two tournaments in a row to bring himself back into contention for the Race to Dubai crown. He was leading the field at the turn on Sunday at the season-ending DP World Tour Championships in Dubai before a series of bogeys cost him the title.

Rose’s eagle attempt from just off the green on the 18th hole rolled agonizingly wide, handing the European Tour Order of Merit to compatriot Tommy Fleetwood on the final hole of 12 months of golf.

“I’m not going to stand here and look at one shot, and second-guess it, because there were so many good shots that put me in that situation,” Rose said yesterday, ahead of this week’s Hong Kong Open.

“It was definitely nearly the fairytale ending to the season,” he added.

It was a second near-miss of 2017 for Olympic champion Rose in an otherwise good year, after he also lost out in the Masters playoff to Sergio Garcia in April.

“I think the near-misses are just part of the game. There have been a couple this year but I’ve had many moments where the difference between winning and losing is so small,” the 37-year-old said.

Rose, Garcia and Fleetwood will face off in a competitive field at the Hong Kong Open, which kicks off next year’s European Tour.


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