Hot putter seals breakthrough win for Michelle in Shanghai

Malaysia’s Michelle Koh has credited a hot putter for her first professional win in the CTBC Shanghai Ladies Classic on the China LPGA Tour.

Photo courtesy of China LPGA Tour

Photo courtesy of China LPGA Tour

The 24-year-old carded a superb closing 66 on Sunday at Tianma Country Club, finishing on 10-under-par to claim the title by two shots from  Cheng Ssu-chia of Chinese Taipei. Koh made six birdies through the first 12 holes in in a bogey-free round.

“My putter should get the credit. I didn’t hit so close but I made some nice putts,” said Koh, who picked up RMB120,000 from the the RMB800,000 total purse.

“At the turn I heard I was tied for the lead, but I just played my game. On the back nine I made two more birdies. I watched the leaderboard at the last two holes. I felt a little bit of pressure but I was pleased that I could play with two winners, Yan Panpan and Pan Yanhong. They were nice and said some inspiring words to me,” added the golfer from Kuantan, who turned professional in March last year after playing college golf for Campbell University in the United States.

Koh is the first Malaysian to win on the China LPGA Tour in its seven-year history.

Results (Top 10 and ties) (Players from mainland Chinese unless stated):

206 – Michelle Koh (MAL) 70-70-66

208 – Cheng Ssu-chia (TWN) 68-68-72

209 – Yan Panpan 70-70-69, Pan Yanhong 69-71-69, Titiya Plucksataporn (THA) 72-71-66, Ye Ziqi 70-67-72, Jang So-young (KOR) 72-67-70

211 – Shi Yuting 70-68-73, Narisara Kerdrit (THA) 72-72-67, Yu Pei-lin (TWN) 76-70-65

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