Thursday, December 10, 2015

Shanshan Feng goes two clear in Dubai Ladies 

Masters with 67 repeaters

From Bethan Cutler, LET Media Manager

DUBAI – Shanshan Feng fired back-to-back 67s today to return to her familiar place atop the leaderboard going into the penultimate round of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters at Emirates Golf Club

The world number six from China again went bogey-free to post 10-under for the tournament, two shots ahead of Dame Laura Davies and five clear of Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall and Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum, the winner in 2013.

“I am really relaxed. I have done well so far and will just keep trying do the same things again,” said Feng, who is targeting a record third title in Dubai following her successes in 2014 and 2012.

“This (Majlis) course is about making birdies. If any player who shoots nine or 10 under in one round will stand a chance of catching up with me,” said the 26-year-old, who holds the record of the lowest 72-hole score, a 21-under par 267 she posted in 2012.

“I am not thinking about it. Every year conditions are a little bit different, so, it doesn’t really matter if I break my own record or not. I just want to enjoy and be relaxed this week. I have had two good days so far, and there is another two days to go,” said the Guangzhou ace, who is also an Omega ambassador.

Davies fired consecutive opening rounds of 68 to sit at eight under par, despite playing with a painful torn tendon in her heavily strapped left ankle.

She made five birdies against one bogey on 17 and said: “Probably a better round today than it was yesterday because of the wind. It was really tricky. Hit a lot of long irons into the par 4 because a lot of the longer holes were into the wind today; whereas, we were sort of downwind yesterday. No, very pleased, 31 putts, pretty good, happy.

“I don't think I'm at full power, especially with the driver. Doesn't really matter. We can take half a club more. But I'm not quite hitting it as long as I normally do, and I think it's that I can't load up and really get through it because I can feel it a little bit, but maybe that's helping me hit more fairways. Swings and roundabouts, really.

“I just have to keep doing what I'm doing. In my mind at the start of the week, I thought four 68s would be really good. It might not be good enough but I would love to shoot two more 68s and see what happens.” 

Phatlum and Hedwall both posted four birdies on the Majlis Course. Phatlum said: “Actually I'm a little bit sick and I just try to play like my game and trust my swing. I talk with my brother a lot to get like no pressure. So today, putting very well also is the key today.”

Hedwall said: “I'm just happy I started rolling in some putts. Today I didn't have a single bogey, so that felt nice. After China, after Xiamen, I had eight weeks off and changed my grip and been working hard on that. It's nice that it's paying off.” 

Frenchwomen Ariane Provot and Jade Schaeffer are tied for fifth on four under par, while overnight co-leader Liz Young from England carded a second round of 75 to slip back into a share of seventh on three under par. 
First-round co-leader Carmen Alonso had a 77 to slip back into a share of 14th place, while social media sensation Paige Spiranac, pictured below, from the United States missed the cut at 12 over par after a second round 79.

“It was a tough week for me and a lot of stress,” said a tearful Spiranac. “It was a great learning experience for me and I’m going to take a lot from it. I’m upset because it’s been a so much stress on me and pressure.
"I was invited here and wanted to prove that it was for other reasons than just my social media but hopefully more people will watch this tournament and watch the next two days and watch the leaders and know how amazing these players are.”

Scots Vikki Laing (149) and Kylie Walker (154) missed the cut at 148 and better but Carly Booth (144), Kelsey MacDonald (144), Sally Watson (147) and Pamela Pretswell (148) are still in there. Carly and Kelsey are T22, Sally T48 and Pamela T59.

 par 144 (2x72)

[+]13Shanshan Feng CHNF*-106767      134
[+]24Laura Davies ENGF-86868      136
[+]323Caroline Hedwall SWEF*-57168      139
[+]323Pornanong Phatlum THAF-57168      139
[+]542Ariane Provot FRAF*-47367      140
[+]56Jade Schaeffer FRAF*-46971      140
[+]76Thidapa Suwannapura THAF*-36972      141
[+]771Melissa Reid ENGF*-37566      141
[+]71Liz Young ENGF-36675      141
[+]1042Sarah Kemp AUSF*-27369      142
[+]1015Malene Jorgensen DENF-27072      142
[+]1023Gwladys Nocera FRAF-27171      142
[+]1023Emma Cabrera-Bello ESPF*-27171      142
[+]1442Alexandra Vilatte FRAF-17370      143
[+]1442Onnarin Sattayabanphot THAF-17370      143
[+]146Louise Stahle SWEF-16974      143
[+]1484Valentine Derrey FRAF*-17667      143
[+]141Carmen Alonso ESPF-16677      143
[+]1415Camilla Lennarth SWEF*-17073      143
[+]1423Isabella Ramsay SWEF-17172      143
[+]1415Nanna Koerstz Madsen DENF-17073      143
[+]226Caroline Masson GERF*E6975      144
[+]224Elisa Serramia ESPFE6876      144
[+]2257Daisy Nielsen DENFE7470      144
[+]2257Stacey Keating AUSF*E7470      144
[+]2223Lucie Andre FRAF*E7173      144
[+]226Diana Luna ITAFE6975      144
[+]2242Carly Booth SCOFE7371      144
[+]2242Kelsey Macdonald SCOF*E7371      144
[+]2257Klara Spilkova CZEFE7470      144
[+]226Georgia Hall ENGFE6975      144
[+]3242Rebecca Hudson ENGF*+17372      145
[+]3271Nontaya Srisawang THAF*+17570      145
[+]3215Rebecca Artis AUSF*+17075      145
[+]3223Amy Boulden WALF*+17174      145
[+]3215Beth Allen USAF+17075      145
[+]3233Charley Hull ENGF+17273      145
[+]326Maha Haddioui MARF*+16976      145
[+]3271Ursula Wikstrom FINF+17570      145
[+]3242Margherita Rigon ITAF*+17372      145
[+]4123Anne Van Dam NLDF+27175      146
[+]4157Stacy Lee Bregman RSAF*+27472      146
[+]4115Celine Herbin FRAF*+27076      146
[+]4142Steffi Kirchmayr GERF+27373      146
[+]4184Joanna Klatten FRAF+27670      146
[+]4142Whitney Hillier AUSF*+27373      146
[+]4115Titiya Plucksataporn THAF*+27076      146
[+]486Nina Holleder GERF+36978      147
[+]4842Caroline Martens NORF+37374      147
[+]4871Lydia Hall WALF+37572      147
[+]4842Sally Watson SCOF+37374      147
[+]4857Marion Ricordeau FRAF*+37473      147
[+]4871Holly Clyburn ENGF*+37572      147
[+]4857Victoria Lovelady BRAF+37473      147
[+]4884Sophie Sandolo ITAF+37671      147
[+]4857Chloe Leurquin BELF*+37473      147
[+]486Emily Kristine Pedersen DENF+36978      147
[+]4823Maria Mcbride SWEF+37176      147
[+]5942Isabelle Boineau FRAF*+47375      148
[+]5933Ashleigh Simon RSAF*+47276      148
[+]5984Eleanor Givens ENGF+47672      148
[+]5971Sophie Walker ENGF+47573      148
[+]5957Nicole Broch Larsen DENF*+47474      148
[+]5933Pamela Pretswell SCOF*+47276      148
[+]5971Connie Chen RSAF*+47573      148
[+]5933Sophie Giquel-Bettan FRAF+47276      148
-67Marianne Skarpnord NORCut57673      149
-67Noora Tamminen FINCut57574      149
-67Becky Brewerton WALCut57475      149
-67Vikki Laing SCOCut57475      149
-67Sophia Popov GERCut57475      149
-67Lina Boqvist SWECut57376      149
-67Caroline Afonso FRACut57376      149
-67Lien Willems BELCut57277      149
-67Kusuma Meechai THACut57277      149
-76Emma Westin SWECut67872      150
-76Ann-Kathrin Lindner GERCut67278      150
-76Amelia Lewis USACut67080      150
-79Florentyna Parker ENGCut77774      151
-79Holly Aitchison ENGCut77675      151
-79Cathryn Bristow NZLCut77477      151
-79Elisabeth Esterl GERCut77180      151
-83Patricia Sanz Barrio ESPCut88072      152
-83Trish Johnson ENGCut87775      152
-83Olivia Cowan GERCut87676      152
-83Emma Goddard ENGCut87577      152
-83Maria Balikoeva RUSCut87478      152
-83Marina Alex USACut87280      152
-89Monique Smit RSACut98073      153
-89Christine Wolf AUTCut97875      153
-89Alex Peters ENGCut97677      153
-89Minea Blomqvist FINCut97479      153
-93Stephanie Na AUSCut107975      154
-93Kylie Walker SCOCut107975      154
-93Felicity Johnson ENGCut107777      154
-93Tonje Daffinrud NORCut107579      154
-93Hannah Ralph ENGCut107579      154
-98Fabienne In-Albon SWICut117877      155
-98Bonita Bredenhann NAMCut117679      155
-98Elina Nummenpaa FINCut117283      155
-101Csilla Lajtai-Rozsa HUNCut127878      156
-101Paige Spiranac USACut127779      156
-101Nicole Garcia RSACut127680      156
-101Bree Arthur AUSCut127581      156
-105Carin Koch SWECut147880      158
-105Linda Henriksson FINCut147583      158
-107Hannah Burke ENGCut158079      159
RETDLeigh Whittaker GER