Feng gives China first LPGA win

Shanshan Feng shot 5-under-par 67 on Sunday to become the first player from China to capture an LPGA Tour event.

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Shanshan Feng won the LPGA Championship on Sunday to become the first Chinese player to win an LPGA Tour title and a major event, closing with 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory.


The 22-year-old, the only player from China on the tour, had the lowest round of the tournament at the right time and finished at 6-under 282.

“I am so excited right now,” Feng said. “I did it!”

Stacy Lewis, bidding to win her third consecutive stroke-play event on the LPGA Tour, shot 70 to tie for second with Mika Miyazato, Suzann Pettersen and third-round leader Eun-Hee Ji. Miyazato shot 69, Pettersen 70, and Ji 72.

Karrie Webb, who started the day one shot behind Ji, had 72 to finish at 3-under. Little-known Gerina Piller, a star in college at UTEP, and Ai Miyazato each had a closing 68 to also finish at 3-under.

Paula Creamer had 71, and Giulia Sergas and Inbee Park shot 72 to finish another shot back.

Defending champion Yani Tseng had a closing 76 and was 13-over in a tournament she won a year ago by 10 shots.


CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Birmingham, Ala., Tom Lehman successfully defended his title in the Regions Tradition, finishing the
major with 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory.

Lehman overcame a near-constant drizzle and occasional heavy rain at Shoal Creek – plus hard charges by Bernhard Langer and Chien Soon Lu – for his sixth Champions Tour victory.

Lehman finished at 14-under 275. Langer and Lu shot 66 to tie for second.

Lehman, the former British Open champion who shot in the 60s all four days, joined Jack Nick­laus, Gil Morgan and Fred Funk as the only players to win the Tradition multiple times.


CURTIS CUP: In Nairn, Scotland, Britain-Ireland rallied to beat the United States 10½-9½ in the Curtis Cup, ending the Americans’ 16-year domination of the biennial women’s amateur matches.

Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow scored the critical point, beating Amy An­der­son 4 and 2 in the seventh of the eight singles matches.

Britain-Ireland and Europe now hold the Curtis Cup, the men’s Walker Cup, plus the Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup.

The United States leads the series 27-7-3.


NATIONWIDE TOUR: In Leon, Mexico, Lee Williams won the Mexico Open for his first Nationwide Tour title, closing with 2-under 70 for a one-stroke victory over Paul Haley II.

Williams, a former Auburn player, finished at 14-under 274 at El Bosque and earned $112,500.

Aiken’s Matt Hendrix shot 73 and tied for sixth at 278. Augusta’s Scott Parel shot 73 and tied for 29th at 285.