5 Things: Recari outduels Creamer at Marathon
Monday, July 22, 2013
Beatriz Recari and Paula Creamer fulfilled their promise of a Sunday duel by taking the fight for the Marathon Classic down to the last hole in Sylvania, Ohio, with Recari emerging victorious.
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Creamer finished one shot back, with Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Lexi Thompson another three shots behind, the latter thanks to a hole-in-one.
Here are 5 Things to Know from the LPGA this week:
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1. RECARI RISES: A fist-pump after the 4-footer for par that sealed the deal indicated Beatriz Recari's second win of the LPGA season.
The Spaniard took the lead with a birdie at No. 14 and matched Paula Creamer the rest of the way, sinking a 4-footer for par at the par-5 18th to wrap up a 66 at Highland Meadows that left her one shot ahead of Creamer. Recari finished 72 holes at 17-under 267.
Recari also won the Kia Classic in March after beating I.K. Kim in sudden death. Recari is known as the iron woman on tour after playing all 27 events in 2012. Her missed cut at the U.S. Women's Open ended a streak of 46 consecutive made cuts. The 26-year-oldl sat out of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic last week, and it seems to have given her an energy boost.
The LPGA has an off-week next week, then it's on to the Ricoh Women's British Open.
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2. CREAMER'S CLOSE CALL: Paula Creamer's runner-up finish was her best since winning the 2010 U.S. Women's Open.
Creamer had the outright lead early with a birdie at No. 3, was caught by Recari at No. 4, and took it again with a birdie at No. 5.
But Recari again caught her immediately and the two matched each other hole-for-hole until Recari birdied at No. 14.
This week marked Creamer's eighth start in the LPGA event in Toledo. She has now finished inside the top 5 four times, including a victory in 2008.
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3. THOMPSON TAKES KEYS: Finishing T-3 can be a disappointment despite the difficulty of the achievement, yet there was an exciting consolation prize for Lexi Thompson at the 14th hole.
Thompson aced the par 3 to climb to 11 under – and earn a new Kia Cadenza to take home.
Having made 13 pars previously, the ace might have put something of a spring in her step: Thompson soon made her first two birdies of the day, at Nos. 17-18, to tie Jodi Ewart Shadoff for third place.
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4. INBEE, INCOGNITO: About to chase the fourth leg of a potential Grand Slam, Inbee Park sputtered during weekend play with a 73 Saturday and a 72 Sunday to tie for 33rd.
The World No. 1 made just three birdies during her last 29 holes against three bogeys during a quiet weekend for the South Korean.
Rest assured, all eyes will be on Park at St. Andrews in two weeks – and a win will have some saying she's earned Grand Slam status, even as the LPGA added the Evian Championship as a fifth major this season.
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5. SHORT SHOTS: The top four golfers – Recari, Creamer, Thompson and Ewart Shadoff – all played bogey-free rounds Sunday. . . . World No. 2 Stacy Lewis went low Sunday with a 64 and tied for seventh. She birdied four of six holes at Nos. 12-17. . . . World No. 3 Suzann Pettersen did not play the Marathon Classic. . . . Lee Ann Pace of South Africa won the LET's Open de Espana. . . . Sandra Gal, Christina Kim and Karrie Webb are among the notables on the entry list for next week's LET Ladies European Masters in Buckinghamshire, UK.
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