Date: December 08, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Feng leads, Arthur well back

Dewi Claire Schreefel shot a new tournament record but China&aposs Shanshan Feng remains the woman to catch at the Dubai Ladies Masters. Dutchwoman Schreefel set the Emirates Golf Club alight on Friday, carding a superb nine-under par 63 to move into outright second place on 13 under, yet she still trails Feng by five strokes heading into the final round. The previous best round at the tournament was a 64, shot by Swede Louise Stahl in 2007. Feng remains in pole position for her sixth tournament win of the year, however, with the LPGA Championship winner getting round in 67 on Friday, moving her to 18 under. France&aposs Gwladys Nocera is a shot behind Schreefel on 12 under after her third successive round of 68, while German Caroline Masson and American Cindy LaCrosse are tied for fourth on 11 under. Canada&aposs Lorie Kane is a shot further back on 10 under, and she is trailed by Swede Caroline Hedwall and Englishwoman Felicity Johnson, who are both at nine under. English veteran Laura Davies carded a 66 to move to eight under and a share of ninth place. Bree Arthur shot a 71 to be the best placed Australian at six under, one shot clear of Kristie Smith with Stacey Keating and Sarah Kemp both a further shot back. But all eyes will be on Feng come Sunday, as the 23-year-old – ranked number six in the world – tries for just her second win on the Ladies European Tour. “I think I was kind of a little nervous maybe at the beginning, so I wasn&apost really making a lot of putts,” Feng said after her round. “I did make two easy bogeys, and then after that, I think maybe the players in my group, they gave me a lot of pressure because they kept making putts and putting it really close to the pins. “Then I think I handled that pressure really well. I had quite a comeback. I had three birdies in a row for the last three holes, so I think I&aposm back in position, and still confident.”