China’s world No.5 Shanshan Feng shot a third round of three under par 69 in cool and cloudy conditions to extend her lead to seven strokes going into the final round of the Buick Championship.
The 25-year-old from Guangzhou fired five birdies between a pair of bogeys on the first and 18th holes at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club.
At 15 under par, she holds a seven stroke lead over Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord and South Korean Hyeon Seo Kang. A 65 from Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark took her into solo fourth place on six under par.
Britons Charley Hull and Amy Boulden, who won the 2014 LET Order of Merit and Rookie of the Year awards respectively, both fired 67s to share sixth place in a group on five under par.
After the cut was made the leading 50 players and ties on Friday evening, the professionals were drawn with amateur partners for the additional team better ball competition being played simultaneously over the weekend. It’s a novel format on the Ladies European Tour which has excited both the professionals and amateurs.
Another player on form was second year Ladies European Tour member, Broch Larsen, who had two eagles in her third round, on the par 5 fourth and 13th holes.
A stroke further back, Hull was well pleased to be back in the top ten.
“I played a lot better because I hit more fairways with my driver so it was easier for me to hole putts because there was less pressure on myself,” said Hull, who has not finished outside the top ten on the Ladies European Tour so far in 2015. “I enjoyed the format, because it was nice and not too intense playing with an amateur, so that was fun.”