DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Shanshan Feng birdied five of her first nine holes Thursday to shoot a 7-under 65 and take a four-stroke lead after the second round of the Dubai Ladies Masters.
Feng, the highest-ranked player in the field, had three more birdies on the back nine at the Emirates Golf Club for a total of 13-under 131.
Florentyna Parker, who shared the lead heading into the second round, shot a 74 to drop down the leaderboard.
Instead, Felicity Johnson (67) moved into second place, one stroke ahead of Caroline Masson (68), Cindy Lacrosse (69), Joanna Klatten (65) and Gwladys Nocera (68).
Defending champion Lexi Thompson (68) is another stroke back. The 17-year-old American survived blustery morning conditions in Dubai and made four birdies through a bogey-free 18 holes.