Feng Shanshan said she has returned to the top of her game and is chasing a top-five finish at the Emirates Golf Club.
“A top-five finish is my goal," Feng said. "I never set a goal that will really give myself a lot of pressure. So I feel quite comfortable doing it, so I think that’s my goal right now.”
However, the 27-year-old said she was feeling her age as a youthful list of players have come to dominate the game.
“Playing with all these young players makes me feel old and I am trying to get used to it as they hit the ball so far,” Feng said.
“I was actually kind of a long player on the Tour, but not anymore. All the girls are 20, 30 yards past me and I’m always the first one to hit and it just makes me feel old."
The Rio de Janeiro Olympic bronze medalist is up against the likes of Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko and Ariya Jutanugarn, who all won majors this year and are yet to turn 22, while 20-year-old Charley Hull won at the CME Golf Tour Championship.
Feng is to tee off in Dubai on tomorrow as the defending champion and a three-time winner, but admits to some struggles.
“This first half of the year, I was struggling because I was trying to compete with all the girls, but I’m actually more experienced and I gave myself too much pressure and I forgot how to be Shanshan."
“I didn’t play very well, but then the Olympics was a very good breakthrough. That actually picked up my confidence again and I learned that I’m still Shanshan. I’m still a good player."
— Shanshan Feng (@shanshanfengCHN) December 5, 2016