China’s Feng takes 5-stroke lead in Dubai


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates–China’s Shanshan Feng shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take a five-stroke lead into the final round of the Ladies European Tour’s season-ending Dubai Ladies Masters.

The fifth-ranked Feng, who won her fourth LPGA title at the LPGA Malaysia tournament in October, had a 17-under 199 total on the Emirates Golf Club’s Majlis Course. She also won the event in 2012.

��My goal was actually to get to 20-under, so now I’m 17. So I think, yeah, still have a chance to get to 20,�� Feng said. ��If I make it top three, I’m happy. But of course, you know, if I have a chance to win, I’m going to give all my best.��

England’s Melissa Reid was second after a 65. She is looking for her first European Tour title since the 2012 Prague Masters �X a title that came shortly after her mother was killed in a car accident in Germany while following her on tour.

��It’s been a really tough couple years,�� she said. ��Things change, and I actually feel that my personal life is stable, which is quite nice, not being a rebel anymore. The last two or three months, everything has quieted down and everything’s good and I’m happy, and I think it’s now showing through in my golf.��

Spain’s Carlota Ciganda (66), Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist (68) and England’s Charley Hull (69) were tied for third at 10 under.

Cheyenne Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods, was in a share of 15th place at 5-under 211 after a 72. She earned full 2015 LPGA Tour status for the first time at last week’s LPGA Qualifying Tournament.