Shanshan Feng from China, seizes control of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, following the second round.
Shanshan has recorded two rounds of -5 under par 67, to sit on top of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters leaderboard at -10 under par, and enjoys a two shot lead over the field.
Shanshan won here in 2012 an 2014, and says she is relaxed and feeling good. She holds the course record here of -21 under for this tournament, but is not thinking about that at the moment;
“I am really relaxed. I have done well so far and will just keep trying do the same things again.”
“This course is about making birdies. If any player who shoots nine or 10 under in one round, will stand a chance of catching up with me.”
“I am not thinking about it. Every year conditions are a little bit different, so, it doesn’t really matter if I break my own record or not.”
“I just want to enjoy and be relaxed this week. I have had two good days so far, and there is another two days to go.”
The nearest challenger is Dame Laura Davies, in second place at -8 under par, just two shots back. A second round consecutive round of -4 under keeping her well in touch with the leader.
Laura thought today’s round was better than yesterday, and said 31 putts in those conditions was pretty good;
“Probably a better round today than it was yesterday because of the wind. It was really tricky.”
“Hit a lot of long irons into the par 4 because a lot of the longer holes were into the wind today; whereas, we were sort of downwind yesterday. No, very pleased, 31 putts, pretty good, happy.”
“I don’t think I’m at full power, especially with the driver. Doesn’t really matter. We can take half a club more. But I’m not quite hitting it as long as I normally do, and I think it’s that I can’t load up and really get through it because I can feel it a little bit, but maybe that’s helping me hit more fairways. Swings and roundabouts, really.”
“I just have to keep doing what I’m doing. In my mind at the start of the week, I thought four 68s would be really good.”
“It might not be good enough but I would love to shoot two more 68s and see what happens.”
Caroline Hedwall and Pornanong Phatlum are tied for third place, five shots back at -5 under par, with both ladies shooting -4 under today.
Caroline was happy to be rolling in some putts;
“I’m just happy I started rolling in some putts. Today I didn’t have a single bogey, so that felt nice.”
“After China, after Xiamen, I had eight weeks off and changed my grip and been working hard on that. It’s nice that it’s paying off.”
Pornanong was not feeling too well today, but she also had a good day with the putter;
“Actually I’m a little bit sick and I just try to play like my game and trust my swing. I talk with my brother a lot to get like no pressure.”
“So today, putting very well also is the key today.”