POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 02, 2013
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. >> Shanshan Feng beat the wind and now has a good chance of beating everyone else in the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
Feng, who last year became the first Chinese player to win an LPGA Tour title and a major event in capturing the LPGA Championship, shot a marvelous 4-under 67 before the wind picked up Saturday and grabbed a three-shot lead heading into the final round.
The round matched the day's best and gave the eighth-ranked Feng a 6-under 136 total on the wind-whipped Bay Course at the Stockton Hotel and Golf Club.
"I think right now I'm in good position this week, and if I can have some good results this week, it's definitely going to give me more confidence for next week," said Feng, referring to her defense of the LPGA championship.
The wind off Reed's Bay was the story. It was mild in the morning when Feng played and then gusted between 20 and 30 mph in the afternoon, leaving players second-guessing club selection and battling inconsistent greens, some of which dried out and didn't hold shots and others that were strangely receptive.
Second-ranked Stacy Lewis shot a 9-over 80, matching her worst round since the third round of U.S. Women's Open last year. She fell from third to a tie for 50th.
The cut of 6 over was the highest on tour this season.
"We were all struggling, Jeez Louise," said Paula Creamer, who finished on the cut line after playing two days with Lewis and Suzann Pettersen (10 over).
Eighteen players broke par with only one doing it in the afternoon when Lewis, first-round co-leaders Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand and Amanda Blumenherst, and Michelle Wie all played.
Jutanugarn, the tour's leading rookie, and Haeji Kang of South Korea shared second at 3 under. Jutanugarn had a 73, and Kang shot 69.
Wie, looking for her first LPGA win in the United States, rolled in four straight birdies on her back nine and was 4 under until a double bogey, bogey finish for a 73 that dropped her to 1 under.
"It was tough out there," said Wie, who hit a couple of shots into the tall grass. "It was really tough out there today. And I just got a little bit unlucky on the last hole. I know I played well today, so just got to go out there and just do the same thing tomorrow and hopefully not get into the fescue."
The 23-year-old Wie was tied for sixth with Karrie Webb, Hee Young Park and Karine Icher and first-round co-leader Amanda Blumenherst, who finished with a double bogey for a 75 after losing a ball on her last hole.
Waldorf takes one-shot lead in Champions event
DES MOINES, Iowa >> Duffy Waldorf shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Champions Tour's Principal Charity Classic.
Waldorf had an 8-under 136 total. Bart Bryant and Jay Don Blake were tied for second. Bryant had a 64, and Blake shot a 66. Russ Cochran was 6 under after a 67.
The 50-year-old Waldorf is winless in 12 career starts on the 50-and-over tour after winning four times on the PGA Tour. He took advantage of calm conditions at the Wakonda Club to post a bogey-free round after opening with a 69 for a share of the first-round lead.
Jay Haas, a three-time winner in the event, was 3 under after a 70.
Ilonen shoots 65 to go up two at Nordea Masters
STOCKHOLM >> Mikko Ilonen shot a 7-under 65 in wet conditions to take a two-stroke lead over Alexander Noren in the Nordea Masters.
Ilonen had an 18-under 198 total at Bro Hof Slott. He shot a 63 on Friday.
Noren had a 64. American Peter Uihlein was 7 under after a 68.