Shan­shan storms back to lead

New Straits Times - - Sport -

ANN ARBOR: Shan­shan Feng of China started the third round three strokes out of the lead and ended Satur­day’s round on top by one shot at the LPGA Volvik Cham­pi­onship in Ann Arbor, Michi­gan.

Shan­shan, who is No 7 in the Rolex World Rank­ings, fired a bo­gey-free 66 to move to 15-un­der 201 after 54 holes at Travis Point Coun­try Club.

Right be­hind Shan­shan in sec­ond place is Lizette Salas at 14un­der 202 after a 67. Suzann Pet­tersen of Nor­way is alone in third, two be­hind the leader, after a 69.

Shan­shan gained a share of the lead when she birdied the par-5 18th hole after also get­ting a birdie on the 17th. Lizette fell out of the lead when she bo­geyed the fi­nal hole.

“I started the round a lit­tle slowly,” Shan­shan said. “I was only 1-un­der through eight holes and then I made two putts in a row on the ninth and 10th. After that, I was just feel­ing like, ‘Oh, I can start mak­ing birdies,’ and I was more com­fort­able.”

If Shan­shan is able to main­tain the lead, it will be her third win and 11th top-10 fin­ish in 15 events since win­ning a bronze medal at the Olympic Games last sum­mer in Rio. Her last two starts ended in a tie for fifth and a tie for 10th.

“I’m start­ing to hit the ball more like what I nor­mally do be­cause at the be­gin­ning of the year when I was in Asia, I was hit­ting the ball all over and I al­most lost my­self,” Shan­shan said.

“Then I think I made a lit­tle ad­just­ment on my swing and I got it back and I’m hit­ting the ball re­ally well and rolling the putts also. So I’m re­ally happy about the con­di­tion right now.”

Rookie Sun Hyun Park, the sec­ond-round leader, trails Shan­shan by three shots go­ing into the fi­nal round. Reuters

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