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Feng Shanshan becomes China’s first world No.1 golfer

Feng Shanshan is to be China's first golfer ranked world number one after she claimed back-to-back wins with a thrilling victory at the Blue Bay LPGA on Saturday.

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Feng Shanshan becomes China’s first world No.1 golfer
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Feng Shanshan is to be China's first golfer ranked world number one after she claimed back-to-back wins with a thrilling victory at the Blue Bay LPGA today.

Feng Shanshan during the Blue Bay LPGA tournament
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Feng Shanshan during the Blue Bay LPGA tournamentSTRAFP

Feng to dethrone Park Sung-Hyun

No Chinese golfer, male or female, has ever topped the rankings before and her slice of history underlines the country's growing heft in a sport that was banned under Mao Zedong. Feng, who started the week third in the world, is projected to rise to top spot at the expense of South Korean rookie Park Sung-Hyun, the LPGA said.

Twenty-eight-year-old Feng's ascent to the summit comes thanks to a nervy one-shot victory over Moriya Jutanugarn after the Thai's birdie try on the 72nd hole lipped out, to the delight of the home crowd on the southern Chinese island of Hainan.

Feng Shanshan
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Feng ShanshanSTRAFP

Feng Shanshan, "proud to be world No.1"

Guangzhou-born Feng's fellow Chinese players showered the trailblazer in water on the 18th green at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club. She told LPGA.com: "I'm really, really excited and very proud of myself and I think it's special because I won this tournament to become world number one. I finished first in China, so I actually claimed the world number one in front of all the people at home".

Feng, who also captured last week's TOTO Japan Classic title, added: "Hopefully there will be more Chinese getting on the tours and more world number ones coming up from China. I just want 2017 to keep going. A never-ending 2017 - that would be great."

The deposed number one Park was tied third and relinquishes the top spot after just one week. For Feng, the Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist, it is the culmination of more than a decade of toil on tour. It is also a third victory of the season for her and ninth career LPGA win, one of those a major. As well as being China's first number one, she was also the country's first winner on the LPGA Tour (2012 Wegman's LPGA Championship).

.@shanshanfengCHN wins the 2017 #BlueBayLPGA and wins back-to-back weeks! 💪🔥 pic.twitter.com/5DAtoGixyM — #CMEFinalStretch 🏁 (@LPGA) 11 November 2017

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