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Feng leads ShopRite field by three

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GALLOWAY, N.J. -- Shanshan Feng came sprinting out of the starting gate. Now it's up to the rest of the field to chase her down.

Feng sits atop the leaderboard at the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer at the 36-hole mark. She fired a 4-under par 67 on Saturday at the Bay Course at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club just outside Atlantic City to stand at 6-under par 136.

The 23-year old Feng is seeking her second career LPGA win; she won the Wegmans LPGA Championship in Rochester one year ago and will defend her title next week.

Feng will be three shots clear of the field when the final round gets underway Sunday morning. Haeji Kang, and first-round co-leader Moriya Jutanugarn are at 3-under par 139. Kang, who like Feng had an early tee time on Saturday, carded a 69 while Jutanugarn shot 73.

Chie Arimura and Anna Nordqvist are both at 140 while Karrie Webb, Michelle Wie, Karine Icher, Hee Young Park, and first-round co-leader Amanda Blumenherst were all at 141.

Defending champion Stacy Lewis, who was one shot off the lead when the second round started, wound up shooting 80 and fell into a tie for 49th place at 5-over par 147. She made the cut with just a shot to spare.

For most of the field, Saturday was a survival test. At times the winds blew at more than 25 mph and played havoc with the players' distance control. The winds also hardened the putting surfaces.

Feng started her round on the Bay Course's back nine and it wasn't long before her putter heated up. After starting her round with four straight pars she reeled off four consecutive birdies and made the turn at five under par after a bogey at 18. She picked up an additional stroke on par on her second nine.

Kang played her front side in even par before making two birdies on the backside.

Wie had an up-and-down round that included four straight birdies at one point. Standing on the eighth tee (her 17th hole) she was just one shot off the pace. But she finished double bogey-bogey to drop three shots.

NOTES: The cut came at 6-over par 148. Angela Stanford, a past winner, along with Natalie Gulbis and Lexi Thompson, are among the players who failed to qualify for the final round. ... Just 18 players in the 141-woman field broke par. ... Wie first played in this event 10 years ago at age 13. She tied for 52nd that year.
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