Shanshan Feng eagled the 72nd hole for a dramatic one-shot victory over Stacy Lewis in her home country at the inaugural Reignwood LPGA Classic in Beijing.
Feng trailed Lewis by one shot entering the final hole on the Nicklaus Course at Pine Valley Golf Club. Her second shot landed just short of the green, but kicked onto the green and hit the flagstick, coming to a stop three feet from the pin.
Lewis missed her 18-foot birdie putt and Feng converted the eagle for her second career victory following her first major title at the Wegmans LPGA Championship last year.
"Actually that shot I didn't go for anything," Feng said of her approach shot on the final hole. "I aimed like at the center of the green, just wanted to have a chance to putt, and I actually pushed it a little bit, so it was right in line with the pin, but I thought it was a little short. And then suddenly while I was walking I heard the noise when I crowd went like, 'wow!' I was like, what happened? I was like, 'it must be good because they kept going.' I was like, 'I must be close.'"
Lewis led for most of the final round following birdies on four of her first six holes, but was unable to pull away. She chose not to go for the short 490-yard par-5 18th hole in two shots, and then failed to stick her third shot close to the hole.
"I kind of just feel like it was just taken from me," Lewis said. "You'd like to win on good shot but obviously it wasn't a good shot. It's very frustrating. It was a frustrating day just with the crowds and dealing with all that. It was hard to play today."
While disappointed with the outcome, Lewis praised Feng for how she dealt with the attention and crowds all week in China.
"To play in front of your hometown crowd like that is tough and she played really well all week," Lewis said. "Just got a really nice bounce there."