Shanshan Feng shines in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, taking a four shot lead on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club.
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Shanshan had a bogey free -5 under par 67, to give her an Omega Dubai Ladies Masters tournament total of -11 under par, and a four-shot lead going into the week-end. Shanshan does not check the leaderboard while she is playing, but she did speak about her low winning scores;
“I didn’t make as many birdies as I did in the first round, but it was a bogey-free round with five birdies. So I think I did really well.”
“My goal is just top three and if I can achieve that I will be really happy. I am not trying to think about winning or anything.”
“This 21 under is my second best finish after Reignwood where I was 26 under. I don’t think 21 under would be easy to break. I am thinking about it, the plan is to focus on every shot and if I do it, I do it.”
“While I am not really trying to guess where I am at the moment, but I would say I feel comfortable with my current position. I have been in this position quite a few times and I can handle the pressure.”
Charley Hull is in second place, four shots back at -7 under par, a second round -2 under par 70 securing that position on her own. She unfortunately double bogeyed the 18th after hitting her approach shot into water;
“I actually hit a pretty good shot into 18. The wind really gusted when I hit that shot. It was gusting anyway. Hit a half 9‑iron and only had 105 yards to clear it and usually hit my nine about 132. I hit it a lot less than a full one, but it was quite strong going into that green.”
“I was 4‑under until then but still finished 2‑under which isn’t too bad. What am I, four, five off the lead, so that’s nothing at all.”
Anna Nordqvist, Noora Tamminen and Gwladys Nocera are sharing third place, all on -6 under par for the tournament.
Anna has her brother on the bag this week, and said she is out to enjoy herself;
“With my little brother on the bag, I am just trying to enjoy Dubai as much as I can.”‘
“The course is in phenomenal shape. You can made a lot of birdies if you hit good shots and get your putting going. Will try to stay aggressive the next two days and just enjoy myself.”
Cheyenne Woods, playing her first tournament in Dubai, stayed in contention, following her opening round 70 with a second round -3 under par 69 to join the group of four ladies at -5 under par. She likes Dubai and spoke about how well the leader Shanshan is playing;
“I really played well and hit the ball well till the end. I may have left a few shots here and there, but overall I am very happy.”
“I love the course and looking forward to the weekend.”
“Obviously, she is playing very well and I am playing the best that I can. I will do everything I can to keep with the pace. I am not going to try and play outside of myself or do anything crazy because that’s when bad things happen.”
Cheyenne later went to the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel to follow in the footsteps of her uncle, Tiger Woods, who was the first player to hit shots from the helipad of the seven-star hotel, 10 years ago.
“The experience was just awesome. I have seen the photos of Tiger hitting the ball. How crazy it was and it went viral. It was a cool opportunity for me to get up there.”
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