Shanshan Feng’s ascendance defied such steep odds.
Growing up in China, when golf was in its infancy, where opportunities and support were so hard to come by, where the game was sometimes challenged as too elitist for the culture’s tastes, Feng turned herself into the greatest of pioneers.
She turned herself into China’s first major championship winner, its first Olympic medalist in golf and now its first world No. 1.
With Feng’s victory Saturday at the Blue Bay LPGA in China, she will move to the top of the Rolex Women’s World Rankings, according to the projections.
She did it in a most meaningful way, winning on Hainan Island in her homeland.