Defender Feng takes 36-hole lead at Sime Darby LPGA

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China’s Shanshan Feng continued her love affair with Malaysia by taking the halfway lead at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.

The two-time champion added a second round 65 to her opening 66 to top the leaderboard on 11-under-par at TPC Kuala Lumpur’s par-71 East Course, one shot ahead of Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden who posted a second consecutive 66.

“Overall today was a very good round. I didn’t have as many birdie chances as yesterday but I think I actually made more putts so that makes me happy! 6-under is a very good score here. I really enjoyed playing with my team mates, Suzann and Madelene,” said Feng.

Looking ahead to the weekend, she added, “Stick to the plan and do the same thing.”

Sagstrom continued to show impressive form in her first appearance in the event. The LPGA Tour rookie matched her first-round score and, if it wasn’t for dropped shots on holes 1 and 2, would be sitting atop the leaderboard as the tournament heads into the weekend.

“I feel great. I had a really good run for it after the rain delay and I was really excited to get some good shots back. I started rolling the putter really well. I’m just enjoying it out here. I’m not trying to focus on the leaderboard at the moment. I’m just trying to go out and play good golf and have fun,” said the Swede.

Amateur Winnie Ng shot a solid 70 and is the best-placed Malaysian in joint 41st place on even par, three shots clear of compatriot Natasha Andrea Oon.

Winnie Ng

Malaysia’s top professional Kelly Tan shot a superb 67 to atone for her opening 82 and is in 68th place on seven-oven-par, the same as Michelle Koh.

Round two was interrupted by a weather delay from 11.10am to 3pm.

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