Lewis, Feng to square off at Dubai Ladies Masters


Stacy Lewis vs. Shanshan Feng, Part II?

Lewis and Feng staged one of the most intense duels of this LPGA season when Feng defeated Lewis with an eagle at the final hole in an emotionally charged victory in Feng’s Chinese homeland at the Reignwood Classic two months ago.

They are the showcase players leading the field this week at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, the Ladies European Tour’s season finale. Lewis is No. 3 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings, Feng No. 4. There are no other players among the top 40 in the world in the field this week.

While Feng electrified her highly partisan fellow countrymen winning the Reignwood Classic, Lewis drew the ire of some with her tweets afterward. She tweeted that she was “very disappointed in the fans in China” for cheering when she missed putts and for all the interference with camera clicks. After Feng got a fortunate bounce with her shot into the 18th, Lewis was quoted saying “I feel like it was just taken from me.” The Twitter backlash motivated Lewis to shut down her account the rest of the year.

Feng says she enjoys being paired with Lewis.

“I have played with Stacy quite a few times and know she is always very competitive,” Feng said. “”So, I’m really looking forward to playing with her again and having a great time, like we did in China.

“I don’t think we try to beat each other. We just want to bring out our A games and play our best.”

Feng won the CME Group Titleholders, the LPGA’s season finale, two weeks ago.

“Shanshan is really playing well right now, and I will definitely have to be on top of my game to beat her,” Lewis said.