Feng stays in front at US Women’s Open

The birdie on the par-five 18th ended a run of 23 consecutive pars for the Chinese star and saw her earn a one-stroke lead over a pack of chasing South Koreans.

Feng’s round of one-under 71 saw her complete 54-holes with a total of nine-under 207, one shot ahead of Amy Yang and 17-year old Choi Hye-jin, who both carded rounds of 70.

Yang and Choi had earlier drawn level with Feng, Yang sank a 20-foot at the 17th hole, while amateur Choi birdied the par-three 16th.

But Feng, who had missed a succession of birdie opportunities during her round, finally grabbed a long-awaited birdie after nailing an iron shot to three-feet at the par-five 18th.

South Korea’s Park Sung-hyun lies three shots behind after racking up six birdies on the back nine for a 67.

Compatriots So Yeon Ryu (71), Mirim Lee (67) and Lee Jeong-eun (73), were one shot further back at five-under par.

Former champion Cristie Kerr carded a 70 to finish at four under par along with Spain’s Carlota Ciganda (72).

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