/Feng Shanshan Pursues Wire-to-Wire Victory at the U.S. Women’s Open

Feng Shanshan Pursues Wire-to-Wire Victory at the U.S. Women’s Open

Her round, which she played in a group with Kerr, started to come apart on the par-4 11th when her second shot went over the green. Her chip trickled through the green like a tear down a face.

Before Lewis’s next shot, the skies above the green erupted in noise. A United States Coast Guard helicopter chased a small plane, which had infiltrated the no-fly zone over the course, and was quickly joined by a fighter jet.

Lewis hit another chip that rolled back to her feet. She then chipped to the opposite fringe and two-putted for a seven.

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Cristie Kerr, with President Trump, after Kerr carded a two-under-par 70 to move into a tie for eighth place at four under.

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Lewis’s nightmare on the back nine culminated with two water balls that led to a 10 on the par-5 18th.

Did the plane’s breach of the airspace above the course also trespass into the space between Lewis’s ears, hastening her unraveling? She declined to talk after her round — “No chance,” she said as she marched past reporters after…

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