Feng fires 63 to take sole lead at Japan Classic

November 04, 2017 - 3:22 am

IBARAKI, Japan (AP) — Defending champion Shanshan Feng fired a 9-under 63 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Tour's Japan Classic.

Feng carded seven birdies and an eagle at the Taiheiyo Club to move to 15-under 129, two strokes ahead of Japan's Ai Suzuki, who was in sole possession of second place after a 65.

Feng is aiming to become the first golfer on the LPGA Tour to defend a title in 2017.

Charley Hull of England had six birdies and an eagle for at 64 that put her in a tie for third at 10-under 134 with South Korean Min Young Lee.

Stacy Lewis shot a 67 and was tied for fifth with Anna Nordqvist, Lizette Salas and Japanese golfers Momoko Ueda and Ayaka Watanabe.

Lexi Thompson struggled with the conditions and offset three bogeys with three birdies for a 72 that left her in a tie for 42nd.

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