Feng pushes lead to five after third round of Omega Dubai Ladies Masters

Shanshan Feng at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters
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Shanshan Feng finished her third round at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters with three straight birdies on Friday, giving her a tournament-record 198 total.
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Published: Friday, December 07, 2012 | 11:32 a.m.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Shanshan Feng shot a 5-under 67 Friday to take a big five-stroke lead into the final round of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.

The sixth-ranked Feng finished her third round at Emirates Golf Club with three straight birdies, giving her a tournament-record 198 total score after three days at the season-ending event on the Ladies European Tour.

OMEGA DUBAI LADIES MASTERS

Founded in 2006, the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters is the first full-field Ladies European Tour event to be played in the Middle East.

"I was a little nervous at the beginning, but I made some birdies and had quite a comeback on the last three holes," Feng said. "I've done pretty well for three days so I'm going to stick to the same game plan. I'm still confident."

Dewi Claire Schreefel is in second place at 203 after shooting a course record 9-under 63. She had nine birdies Friday, including four on her final four holes, to better her own career low score by three shots.

"That was the best round of my career," Schreefel said. "They come along every once in a while and I feel another good round under par is definitely possible."

Gwladys Nocera (68) of France is in third at 204, with Cindy Lacrosse (69) and Caroline Masson (69) of Germany one shot further back.

Masson still has a chance to edge out Carlota Ciganda of Spain for the money title. She needs no worse than a top-three finish, as Ciganda slipped from eighth to 20th with a 73.

Defending champion Lexi Thompson (72) carded two birdies and two bogeys to drop into a tie for 12th.

"It was frustrating. I didn't hit the ball bad, just didn't make anything," the American said. "A few misreads with the putter, but it's been like that all week.

"I'm just going to go for it tomorrow. I have nothing to lose."

Michelle Wie (70) is 15 shots off the pace and remains tied for 35th. Carlota Ciganda, who leads the Order of Merit ahead of Masson, shot a 73.