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Feng Extends Lead in Dubai
China's Shanshan Feng continues to roll in the Dubai Ladies Masters, the 72-hole, season-ending event on the Ladies European Tour that's being played on the Majlis course at Emirates Golf Club.
The 23-year-old shot a 5-under 67 Friday to reach 18-under 198, five strokes ahead of the Netherlands Dewi Claire Schreefel - who posted a course-record 9-under 63 - and six in front of France's Gwladys Nocera (68).
Feng, who earned her first major title in this year's LPGA Championship, carded seven birdies and two bogeys Friday in the tournament, which had a Wednesday start. "I was a little nervous at the beginning but I made some birdies and had quite a comeback on the last three holes," Feng said in reference to closing with three straight birdies.
"I've done pretty well for three days so I'm going to stick to the same game plan. I'm still confident."
The 27-year-old Schreefel, who played college golf at the University of Southern California, was ecstatic about her play Friday. She carded four birdies on the front nine and five more on the back, with four of those coming on the last four holes.
"That was the best round of my career," she said. "They come along every once in a while and I feel another good round under par is definitely possible."
Germany's Caroline Masson (69) and American Cindy LaCrosse (69) are tied for fourth at 11-under 205, while another stroke back is Canada's Lorie Kane (68).
Defending champion Lexi Thompson is going to have a very difficult time repeating after shooting an even-par 72 that included two birdies and two bogeys. The 17-year-old from Coral Springs, Fla., is now in 12th place with five others at 209.
"It was frustrating. I didn't hit the ball bad, just didn't make anything," Thompson said. "A few misreads with the putter, but it's been like that all week. I'm just going to go for it tomorrow. I have nothing to lose."
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