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Shanshan Feng targets Ladies Masters title defence

Dubai: Shanshan Feng is looking to defend her Omega Dubai Ladies Masters title at Emirates Golf Club from December 1 to 7.

Former LPGA Champion and World No 7 Feng, the first female Chinese golfer to win a Major, won the Dh2.37 million Ladies Masters on her debut last year with a record winning total of 21-under par, five shots clear of her nearest rival Dewi Claire Schreefel of the Netherlands. She is now looking to replicate that feat and hold on to her crown this year to become only the second two-time winner of this event since Sweden’s Annika Sorenstam.

“This (Omega Dubai Ladies Masters) is like a major on the Ladies European Tour,” said Feng. “I really enjoyed playing in Dubai last year, and winning it on my first visit made it even more special.

“Of course, it will be great fun to be back in Dubai, a city I like very much, and have an opportunity to win two in a row, but I will try not to think about it too much. They have such a strong field every year and anyone can win at any time.”

Mohammad Juma Bu Amim, vice-chairman and CEO of Golf in Dubai, said: “We will be delighted to welcome our champion back next week. Her rising profile in the golfing world shows China is well on course to producing a healthy stable of competitive golfers.

“With China putting so much in the way of resources and energy into golf, I won’t be surprised if it becomes one of the strongest countries in golf in the near future.

“Shanshan’s presence will certainly add to the star power in the field and I am sure the fans will turn up in large numbers to watch her defence of the title. I wish her a pleasant stay in Dubai.”