Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Feng takes early lead in US Women's Open

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Jan Ortega | 16 July, 2017, 00:11

Stanford, who is tied for 14th at 2-under 142, six strokes behind leader Shanshan Feng, should get her wish over the weekend.

Feng was the star on the course for the second straight day. The opening round will be completed Friday morning, beginning at 6:45 a.m.

Because of the delayed start of the second round, those with afternoon tee times, such as Korda's older sister, Jessica, may not.

The action on the course was underway when Trump arrived at the club in a fleet of black vehicles. It is the first time Feng has broken 70 in an Open.

Lydia Ko of New Zealand played in the same threesome with Feng and was tied for third at 68 with top-ranked So Yeon Ryu of South Korea. She bogeyed the 13th and 17th holes to finish nine shots off the pace.

Feng was the hottest player on the tour at the end of previous year, winning her last two starts and finishing eighth or better in her final seven events. She would have to eagle the par-5 18th to get a share of the lead. The organization's decision came under fire and demands to move the tourney grew after a tape surfaced on which Trump boasted about sexually assaulting women.

Thompson knew that could mean only one thing - her occasional playing partner in South Florida, President Trump, had arrived at the United States Women's Open. She birdied the first hole, her 10th, before finishing her round with eight consecutive pars.

"I went back on the range, it was raining, felt OK", Wie told NJ.com of her pre-round routine on Thursday. "When somebody in your group is playing good, I think it just kind of sets a tone for the day". "I'm really with where I put myself the last two days".

The grouping worked for Feng, one of the LPGA's engaging personalities who was wearing some her signature cow spot prints Thursday.

"Yeah", she said, "not towards the golf". "That allowed us to actually maybe hit the ball closer to the holes easier to have birdie chances. So, I don't take that as an excuse if I don't play well this week".

That would not only add to the degree of difficulty of an already daunting task, but it would turn this into the most memorable week of her golfing life and become nearly impossible to top - regardless of where she takes her promising career.

"They sneak over to a person holding a sign and say thank you", Thomas said. "I really didn't pay attention to the weather and just concentrated on every shot". Finishing on the front nine, he had five birdies in a seven-hole stretch before closing with a bogey on the par-4 ninth. But she faded with bogeys at the Nos.

NOTES: Defending champion Brittany Lang of the United States, one of 10 Women's Open champions in the field, shot an even-par 72.

Ko, silver medallist at the Rio Olympics, played in a group with Feng and gold medallist Park In-bee (77) in an Olympic podium threesome.

Thomas said holding the tournament at the Trump course is unfair to the players.

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