Following the morning’s semifinal round, Shanshan Feng chose to concede the consolation match, giving third place to her opponent Ariya Jutanugarn. Feng cited the heat and conserving her energy for next week’s major championship as reasons behind her decision.
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“I think I made the right decision for myself because I’m really, really tired after finishing six rounds in five days, let’s say four and a half days,” said Feng. “If I play 18 more, I don’t know how I will do. I might fall over on the course. I don’t think I should push myself that bad. You know, if I got in the top two, of course, yes, I would play until I fall down on the course. But I lost the match in the morning, and I think it’s better idea just to get rested after this. And then next week is the U.S. Open coming up. It’s a very hilly and challenging course, so, yeah, I just want to be well-rested and protect myself.”
Feng won her Wednesday match on the 17th hole, her only match that did not reach No. 18. Two of her matches went to extra holes, including a 22-hole marathon victory over Brittany Altomare in the Round of 16. In total through the semifinals, Feng played 112 holes across six matches and sudden-death playoffs, compared to 105 for Ewing, 99 for Popov and 96 for Jutanugarn.
The Board of Directors of the LPGA has unanimously elected Mollie Marcoux Samaan as its next Commissioner. Marcoux Samaan, currently Ford Family Director of Athletics at Princeton University, will become the ninth Commissioner of the LPGA since its formation in 1950. She will succeed Commissioner Mike Whan who notified the LPGA Board late last year of his intent to step down in 2021. Whan was recently announced as the next Chief Executive Officer of the USGA. Marcoux Samaan will be working with the LPGA Board and the University to transition to her new role in the months ahead.
“Our selection of Mollie Marcoux Samaan as the LPGA’s next Commissioner is the outcome of an extensive and deliberate search process. The position attracted a diverse group of outstanding internal and external candidates, all passionate about the LPGA. We concluded that Mollie is the right leader to guide the LPGA’s next chapter of growth, impact and achievement,” said Diane Gulyas, Chair of the LPGA Board of Directors and the Search Committee.
“Mollie understands the power of golf to change the lives of girls and women. As a values-centered leader, she’s known for her skills in collaboration, managing through complexity and building a winning team culture. In every role, she’s had an outstanding record of performance in navigating change, forging lasting partnerships, and seeing – and seizing – new opportunities,” Gulyas said.
“Our search process was disciplined and thorough. We were impressed and honored by the large number of quality of leaders interested in the LPGA. But in the end, Mollie stood above the rest. We were impressed by her track record working with athletes; with her ability to forge new and innovative partnerships; and with her personal passion, authenticity and proven persistence for excellence,” said Juli Inkster, World and LPGA Hall of Famer and a member of the Search Committee.