World No 1 Shanshan Feng of China hopes to maintain her uncharacteristically strong start to the season in this week’s HSBC Women’s World Championship at Sentosa Golf Club.
However, even with Lexi Thompson breathing down her neck in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, Feng stressed the the top ranking is no longer a priority.
“Last year, I think I didn’t play like really well but recently I’ve been playing pretty well. Normally I’m a slow starter but this year I’ve had two top five finishes in my first two events,” said Feng.
“I’m lucky enough to stay 16 weeks on top including my eight weeks for free because I didn’t do anything … I was just eating and sleeping and I was World No. 1!
“I think I just want to relax and believe in myself that I can still play well, even though I’m getting older. I’m 28 instead of 18, but I think my golf game has improved a lot too. So I just have to trust myself and try to enjoy every week,” she added.
Feng noted that she would be happy with a top 10 finish. “I’m not really thinking about anything, winning or not, but if I have a chance to win, of course I’ll go for it. Being the World No. 1 was my goal last year so I actually met my goals and it was a very happy ending last year. I’m not really focusing on that No. 1 thing … I just want to keep my good golf going, ” she said.
The tournament will be played on Sentosa’s New Tanjong Course for the second year running. The highly-rated course reopened for play in late 2016 after a major revamp.
“We played the Tanjong Course last year and I really love the design. Your iron shots need to be very accurate, which I think is what my strength is. I I like this golf course and I think it suits my game,” said Feng.