Shanshan Feng announces retirement at 32

Shanshan Feng never wanted to play more than 10 years of professional golf. She stayed longer than planned, and the Chinese champion’s only regret is that the coronavirus pandemic prevented her from saying goodbye properly. Feng, 32, announced her retirement Tuesday with an Instagram post in which she said her golfing gave her far more than she was able to give back.

Shanshan Feng, statements

“Now is the time to try something different,” said Feng, the first Chinese golfer to win a Grand Slam, the 2012 LPGA Championship. And she was top-4 in the other four ‘majors’: 2nd in the British ( 2014) and the Evian Championship (2019), 3rd at the ANA Inspiration (2021) and 4th at the US Open (2012, 2021).

Shanshan won bronze in golf’s return to the Olympic program at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games and won 10 LPGA Tour titles and seven on the European circuit. She was #1 in the world for 23 weeks, from November 2017 to April 2018.

Feng hadn’t competed in about 18 months since she finished third at the China Open in late 2019. She then sat out the entire year of 2020 due to the pandemic.

She returned in April 2021 to play the first major of the year and shared third place. Her last victory came at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in July 2019 and she contested her last tournament at the Tokyo Olympics last summer, which had no spectators after a year-long postponement caused by the pandemic. . Feng finished eighth.

“Due to the pandemic, I have never officially said goodbye to the people who support me on the golf course,” Feng wrote. He said he hopes to see his LPGA crowd again in the future for what he described as his “last dance.” In the meantime, Feng wants to take things slower, focus on personal growth and help develop more Chinese talent. for golf.

“I have a dream that one day, in the future of professional golf, we will see more Chinese players. Players and resources together can help this sport grow tremendously and create future Chinese champions down the road,” Feng opined.