Creamer, Recari lead after 54 at Marathon

Paula Creamer (left) and Beatriz Recari share a three-shot lead at the Marathon Classic.

Paula Creamer (left) and Beatriz Recari share a three-shot lead at the Marathon Classic.

Paula Creamer and Beatriz Recari shot bogey-free 67s during Saturday's third round to share the lead by three shots going into Sunday's finish at the LPGA's Marathon Classic.

A chip-in for birdie at the 17th enabled Creamer, No. 14 in the official Rolex Rankings, to get to 12 under – while Recari, No. 26, closed with birdies at the 17th and 18th.

“I've never made a secret of how much I like to win and be in contention," Creamer said. "But at the same time, I haven't given myself this opportunity too many times. So it's here, and we'll see how I can handle it tomorrow."

Creamer's last victory came at the 2010 U.S. Women's Open, while Recari won the Kia Classic in March.

"Still 18 holes left, and a lot can happen," Recari said. "So I just really am trying to stay in the present as much as I can and just go shot by shot and just stay patient. You know, like I did today.

“I started with a birdie, and I had some really good chances that didn't go in but I stayed patient out there, and it was great to finish with a birdie, birdie.”

Chie Arimura, Jacqui Concolino and Lexi Thompson are T-3, three shots back at 9 under. Chella Choi, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Jennifer Johnson are another shot back.

Inbee Park, who has won the season's first three majors, is T-23 at 4 under.

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