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Birdie blitz puts Feng among leaders in Japan

04 Novembre 2017

Shanshan Feng put herself in a prime position for a successful title defence at the LPGA's TOTO Japan Classic after grabbing the sole lead with a stellar second round of nine-under-par 63 on Saturday.

The Chinese came into the tournament with top-seven finishes in the five of her last six starts and, wielding a hot putter, continued that imperious form to lead Japan's Ai Suzuki by two shots after a bogey-free second round. The 2012 Women's PGA Championship victor eagled the 12th hole then picked up two late birdies to keep ahead of the fast-finishing Suzuki. "But then after that I kind of kept my good putting going on and finished with a 9-under". She is looking for her second victory of the year, having captured the LPGA Volvik Championship in May.

Then it's England's Charley Hull and South Korea's Min-Young Lee, who are at 10-under, a group of five players at nine-under, and another group of five at eight-under, including Ko.

Stacy Lewis shot a 67 and was tied for fifth with Lizette Salas, Sweden's Anna Nordqvist, and the Japanese pair Momoko Ueda and Ayaka Watanabe.

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She made just one bogey and ended her day with four straight birdies.

Five more golfers are at 8-under par including World No. 1 Ryu So Yeon, who is still battling a shoulder injury, and New Zealand's Lydia Ko, who is looking for her first victory of the year. "So, if my putting is working I should be able to shoot lower scores".

Kelly Kraft was second at 8 under with three holes left when play was suspended for the day because of darkness.

Spaun is making his third start of the season after finishing 97th in the FedEx Cup standings.

Birdie blitz puts Feng among leaders in Japan