WOBURN, England – Shanshan Feng almost missed her tee time Thursday at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
She said she underestimated the time it would take to make the long shuttle ride from the driving range to the first tee at Woburn Golf Club.
She sprinted the final 50 yards, proclaiming “I’m here” after bursting on to the tee.
“I had 30 seconds,” Feng said.
And then she striped her first tee shot on her way to shooting a bogey-free 6-under-par 66.
They don’t call her Jenny Money for nothing.
Feng, 26, is in early position to make a run at her second major championship. She won the LPGA Championship in 2012, the first of her four LPGA titles.
Feng’s sense of humor continues to win her fans. She took Jenny as her American nickname after arriving in the United States when she was 17, joking that it was no-brainer, because “I look like a Jenny.” At the UL International Crown last week, she was paired with Jing Yan, who also goes by the nickname Jenny. That led Feng to proclaim they needed to expand their nicknames. She started calling Yan “Jenny Sexy,” and Yan countered, calling Feng “Jenny Money,” because Feng was such a dependable playing partner.
It caught on fast in Chicago.
Fans at the Crown began calling out Jenny Money at just about every turn.
“A woman in a grandstand pulled out a bill, I don’t know if it was a dollar bill or a $100 bill, but she started waving it at me and calling out, ‘Jenny Money!’”
Feng has been taught by Gary Gilchrist since she came to the United States. Feng says he’s a dear friend as much as he is her coach. Gilchrist has come to admire a lot about Feng, including how efficient she is, how she doesn’t practice for the sake of practicing. In fact, she doesn’t require a lot of work to keep her game honed.
“She’s the Laura Davies of Chinese golf,” Gilchrist said.