Top-ranked Feng out to inspire Chinese golfers

Sports | 15 Nov 2017

Feng Shanshan hopes to inspire a generation of Chinese golfers after becoming the first player from the country to reach world No 1.

No man or woman from China had ever sat atop the golf rankings, but that changed when 28-year-old Feng triumphed by one shot at Hainan Island just a week after successfully defending her Japan Classic title.

Her rise to No 1 was confirmed this week, underlining China's growing influence in a sport banned under Mao Zedong.

"It's the longest day in my life to wait for the update of the world ranking," Feng said.

"When I finally saw the Chinese flag on top of the ranking I felt all the efforts over the past 18 years on golf were worth it."

Feng, the 2016 Rio Olympic bronze medallist, now has nine LPGA Tour victories, one of them a major. She is the fifth player to hold the top ranking this year, following New Zealand's Lydia Ko, Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand and South Koreans Ryu So Yeon and Park Sung Hyun.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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