Kapolei: Top-ranked Shanshan Feng birdied three of her last five holes to take the lead halfway through a windy first round of the Lotte Championship.
The Chinese star finished at 5-under 67 at Ko Olina Golf Club. She is the first golfer from China — female or male — to reach No. 1 in the world rankings. She insists she “gets more excited” in the wind, which should make Ko Olina an ideal site for her this week.
“A lot of people would be like worrying, thinking ‘Oh, it’s so windy,’” Feng said. “I wake up and I’m like, ‘Yeah, it’s windy.’ That’s why in this kind of situation I still stay patient on the course and still stay with my routine.”
Brooke Henderson, Haeji Kang and rookie Martina Edberg are a shot back in second.