Shanshan Feng takes one-shot lead into final round at Toto Japan Classic


Shanshan Feng

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After capturing her first win in two years last week, Shanshan Feng is ready to make it two in a row.

Feng posted a bogey-free 64 Saturday to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Toto Japan Classic over Ariya Jutanugarn.

Feng made birdie at the 18th to get to 11 under overall and put her in position to win back-to-back tournaments after Feng won at the Sime Darby LPGA last week. With a win, Feng would join Lydia Ko and Jutanugarn as the only players with back-to-back wins this year.

“I’ve won 16 times as a pro but I’ve never won back-to-back tournaments so it would be great if it happens but right now I’m not thinking about it,” Feng said. “I’m just going to try and enjoy tomorrow.”

Feng has had success at this event in the past, finishing runner up in 2011 after losing in a playoff to Momoko Ueda.

Since earning a bronze medal at the Olympics in August, Feng hasn’t finished outside of the top five in any of her five events.

“I’m coming here feeling very comfortable and very confident,” Feng said. “I’m happy about the score but there’s still one day to go and I’m not going to do anything different. I’m going to stick to the game plan and hopefully it’s another good day.”

A good day may still not be enough for Feng though, as it might take a great round to hold off the Thai Jutanugarn. A win for Jutanugarn would clinch the Rolex Player of the Year award for her.

But Feng has a very good reason to play her best in an attempt to hold off Jutanugarn.

“I spent some money on Monday (shopping after my win) so I think that’s why I have to try hard on the weekend to make my money back,” Feng said.

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