Shanshan Feng stretches her lead in the Buick Championship to seven shots at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club in China.
Shanshan carded a third round -3 under par 69 to extend her lead in the Buick Championship to a massive seven strokes going into the final round tomorrow with a -15 under par total.
After the cut was made the leading 50 players and ties on Friday evening, the professionals were drawn with amateur partners for the additional team better ball competition being played simultaneously over the weekend, a somewhat novel format on the Ladies European Tour which has excited both the professionals and amateurs.
Shanshan said she was initially apprehensive about playing alongside an amateur;
“I would say at the beginning I was a little bit nervous. It was my first time playing with amateurs in the same group in a professional tournament, so that was fun.”
“After a few holes I thought my amateur did really well, because he saved me maybe two shots on the first three holes.”
“He did very well and then I started to be more relaxed and make birdies. The bogey on the last hole was a little sad but I still did pretty well overall.”
Sharing second place are Hyeon Seo Kang and Marianne Skarpnord, they are both at -8 under par for the tournament.
Marianne said she had been putting very well, on the front nine;
“I’ve been putting well on the front nine, both yesterday and today but on the back nine it’s like it goes cold and I don’t make anything.”
“I had four or five putts within three and a half metres on the back nine and didn’t make any of them, so it was not completely useless but could have been a lot better.”
Charley Hull is in a large group back at -5 under par, with all thoughts of winning gone, she was happy to have some fun playing with the amateurs;
“I played a lot better because I hit more fairways with my driver so it was easier for me to hole putts because there was less pressure on myself.”
“I enjoyed the format, because it was nice and not too intense playing with an amateur, so that was fun.”