Beijing, China (SportsNetwork.com) - China native Shanshan Feng fired her
second straight 9-under-par 64 on Saturday to grab a 1-stroke lead entering
the final round of the Reignwood LPGA Classic.
Feng, ranked ninth in the world, sits at 21-under-par 198 through 54 holes at
Pine Valley Golf Club.
World No. 3 Stacy Lewis, who played in the final group alongside Feng and
Jessica Korda on Saturday, shot 65 and remained in second place at 20-under
Inbee Park, the world No. 1, carded a 66 and moved into solo third place at
16-under 203, while Karrie Webb (66) grabbed fourth at minus-14 and Na Yeon
Choi (72) dropped to fifth at 12-under.
Korda, the overnight leader, stumbled to a 76 and slipped to sixth place at
"Overall I think I handled the pressure pretty well, and I really had fun
today and I'm pretty sure I'll have fun tomorrow playing with Stacy and Inbee
together," said Feng.
Tee times were pushed back 90 minutes Saturday morning due to foggy conditions
and Feng got off to a steady start when she hit the course, notching a birdie
and four pars over her first five holes.
From there, Feng took off, closing her outward nine with three birdies in four
holes to turn with a share of the lead at 16-under alongside Lewis, who also
had four birdies on the front.
Both players gained two more shots to remain tied entering the final three
holes, where Feng reeled off a hat trick of birdies to grab the lead entering
the final round.
"At the beginning I was a little nervous," continued Feng. "It started a
little slow. I made maybe two birdies at the first six or seven holes, and
then when I got to the eighth, I made the long putt and then I started to make
more birdies. And then I saw Stacy was making a lot of birdies, too, so I was
like 'I need to catch up with her.'"
Lewis, meanwhile, chipped in from the deep rough for birdie at the 17th and
added another birdie from five feet at the last to stay within one shot.
"It was really sandy," Lewis said of the chip in. "So it was kind of a hard
shot and did exactly what we thought it was going to do. But just knowing she
was hitting it in there close and the way she was putting all day Shanshan was
going to make it. So I needed to do something. I was glad I did. If I don't
chip in there and don't make birdie on 18 I'm three shots behind going into
tomorrow. So those two shots are huge for the momentum of leading into
NOTES: Feng, Lewis and Park will be paired together for the final round ...
Feng's lone LPGA Tour win came at the 2012 LPGA Championship. She became the
first Chinese golfer -- male or female -- to win a major championship when
she captured that title ... This is the first time the LPGA Tour has visited
Beijing ... The field for this event consists of players from both the LPGA
and China LPGA.
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