Feng holds 2-shot lead in Canada
06/06/2014 9:24 PM
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Waterloo, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Shanshan Feng finished with a third-round 67 Saturday and holds a 2-shot lead at 15-under-par 198 at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.
Feng, who is seeking her first win on the LPGA Tour since winning the CME Group Titleholders in 2013, leads Michelle Wie and Inbee Park (13-under 200) by two strokes heading into the final day at Grey Silo Golf Course.
Park finished the third round with a 65, while Wie shot a 68.
Cristie Kerr (65) is alone in fourth place at 12-under-par 201. Lydia Ko (64) and Anna Nordqvist (69) are tied for fifth at 11-under 202.
Tied for seventh are Candie Kung, Na Yeon Choi, Belen Mozo and Hee Young Park who stand at 10-under. Kung finished the third day with a 65, Choi and Mozo shot 68s, and Park struggled at the end of her round, finishing with a 72.
Park, the defending champion, entered the day tied with Feng, but Park bogeyed holes 15 through 17, dropping her five shots back. Her bogey on No. 15 ended a streak of 50 straight holes without a bogey.
Feng started off hot, making birdies on Nos. 1, 6 and 11. She also sank a long eagle putt on the par-5 fifth hole. The birdie on 11 put Feng at 16-under for the tournament and three shots up.
Feng settled for six pars and one bogey on her final seven holes as she could not quite pull away from the pack. A bogey on 16 was Feng's first of the tournament.
"Well, actually I had no pressure coming to this week," Feng said about her mindset going into the final round. "This last year I missed the cut, so this year I'm here just to have fun. I try to play better than last year and I guess I did. So I think tomorrow I have no pressure."
Inbee Park began the day four shots back of the leaders, but a huge front nine put her right in contention. Park opened up her round with a birdie on No. 1 followed by three straight pars. She then made back-to-back birdies on five and six before parring the seventh. Birdies on eight and nine had Park at 12- under for the tournament.
She would slow down on the back nine, however, making par on her next eight holes before birdieing the 18th.
Unlike Park, Wie stumbled out of the gate after starting the day one back of the lead. Wie made par on her first hole before bogeying Nos. 2 and 3 to drop to 8-under.
Wie got those shots right back with birdies on four and six followed by a birdie on No. 9, getting her back to 11-under for the tournament. A birdie on 13 and a bogey on 14 put Wie right back to 11-under, but she finished strong with birdies on 16 and 18.
"There was quite a shaky start," Wie said. "I missed a good birdie opportunity on the first hole and I kind of duck-hooked it on the second hole and had to take an unplayable, and actually it was a really good bogey. Then I kind of hooked it on the next hole, hit it in the bunker. So I just couldn't get my tempo right in the beginning, but definitely felt like I finished strong. Definitely the start that I had today, I'm really happy with the way I finished today."
Wie will be paired with the leader Feng along with Inbee Park, as the trio tees off at 10:20 a.m. with tee times moved up with the hope of finishing ahead of impending bad weather.
NOTES: At two shots back, Wie is looking to win her second tournament of the season, with her last one coming at the LPGA LOTTE Championship. A win would be Wie's fourth ever on the LPGA Tour ... The No. 1 player in the world Stacy Lewis carded a 3-under 68 and is eight shots off the lead at 7-under-par 206 for the week.
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