Feng hopes to build on Olympic momentum at Evian


Shanhan Feng appears determined to awaken a sleeping giant in women’s golf.

With a 4-under-par 67 Friday, Feng kept herself in contention at the Evian Championship.

At 11 under overall, she is tied for second with Sung Hyun Park, two shots behind In Gee Chun.

Feng ignited interest in her game back in China by winning the Olympic bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro last month. She was greeted by a large contingent of media at the airport upon her arrival home in Guangzhou after the Olympics. She would like to build on the interest her Rio finish generated in golf in her homeland.

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Feng is seeking to win her second major championship. She won the LPGA Championship in 2012, becoming the first Chinese man or woman to win a major, but she said the victory didn’t generate much interest among Chinese sports fans outside the small golf niche while her Olympic success created a lot of interest.

“More people think golf is interesting,” Feng said.

China women have made notable strides in the game the last four years. The Chinese didn’t come close to qualifying for the International Crown in its inaugural year two seasons ago but made a hard charge this year to qualify for the event, beating out Spain and Sweden.

When Feng won the LPGA Championship in 2012, she was the only Chinese player on tour. There are six.

“I think there are going to be more people joining the sport, but it will take time,” Feng said.