Golf

Feng opens up healthy lead

2014-12-13 08:10
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Dubai - China's Shanshan Feng shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take a five-stroke lead into the final round of the Ladies European Tour's season-ending Dubai Ladies Masters.

The fifth-ranked Feng, who won her fourth LPGA title at the LPGA Malaysia tournament in October, had a 17-under 199 total on the Emirates Golf Club's Majlis Course. She also won the event in 2012.

"My goal was actually to get to 20-under, so now I'm 17. So I think, yeah, still have a chance to get to 20," Feng said. "If I make it top three, I'm happy. But of course, you know, if I have a chance to win, I'm going to give all my best."

England's Melissa Reid was second after a 65. She is looking for her first European Tour title since the 2012 Prague Masters — a title that came shortly after her mother was killed in a car accident in Germany while following her on tour.

"It's been a really tough couple years," she said. "Things change, and I actually feel that my personal life is stable, which is quite nice, not being a rebel anymore. The last two or three months, everything has quieted down and everything's good and I'm happy, and I think it's now showing through in my golf."

Spain's Carlota Ciganda (66), Sweden's Anna Nordqvist (68) and England's Charley Hull (69) were tied for third at 10 under.

Cheyenne Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods, was in a share of 15th place at 5-under 211 after a 72. She earned full 2015 LPGA Tour status for the first time at last week's LPGA Qualifying Tournament.

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