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Feng, Parker shoot 66 for tie atop Dubai Ladies Masters

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Associated Press
12/6/2012 12:25:01 AM
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Shanshan Feng and Florentyna Parker shot 6-under 66 on Wednesday to share the first-round lead in the Dubai Ladies Masters.

Feng, the first player from mainland China to win a major championship when she won the LPGA Championship in June, had six birdies at the Emirates Golf Club.

"I was patient because I was only 1 under after seven holes," Feng said. "I missed a lot of chances but then made a 15-footer on 8 and started doing really well from there."

Parker moved into a tie for the lead by birdieing the par-5 18th.

"My putting was really good today," the Englishwoman said. "I hit 14 greens, had 26 putts, so I rolled them in nicely and got off to a good start. I've always done well on this course."

American Cindy Lacrosse, the Czech Republic's Klara Spilkova and Wales' Sahra Hassan were a stroke behind in the Ladies European Tour's season-ending event.

Lexi Thompson, the American who won the event last year at age 16, opened with a 69.

"I could have dropped a few more putts. I had a lot of lip-outs out there. But I'll take 3 under for a first round," said Thompson, who had two bogeys on her first four holes. "If I can stay around there and shoot a few more under than that, I'll be in a good position."

Michelle Wie was four shots back after a 70. Spain's Carlota Ciganda, the LET money leader, also opened with a 70.

Shanshan Feng (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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