SYLVANIA, Ohio — Paula Creamer hasn't won an LPGA Tour event in the past three years.
Yet the memories of the times she has triumphed always give her a lift when needed most.
Creamer, who won the tournament five years ago when it was known as the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, shared the lead and top-ranked Inbee Park was lurking nearby Friday after the second round of the Marathon Classic.
"You know when to step on the gas and when not to," she said. "When you get a rhythm going out here it kind of takes care of itself. Experience, in any case, takes care of the issues that you have out there. It's just being confident."
In the 2008 event, she shot a career-best 11-under 60 in the first round and followed up with a 65, then held off all challengers for a two-shot victory.
With a host of big names bunched high on the leaderboard through 36 holes of the Marathon, she knows she can't put it on cruise control. But she also feels good about her chances.
"I have so much confidence out here, and the fans have been so great over the years," said Creamer, who has won nine times on tour but not since the 2010 U.S. Women's Open. "I kind of feel like I have a little extra bonus with them in my back pocket."
Creamer shot a 3-under 68 on Friday on the heels of an opening 66 to pull even with Alison Walshe and Spain's Beatriz Recari at 8-under 134.
Recari, who picked up her second career tour win earlier this year, had the day's low round with a 65. She climbed from a tie for 19th after opening with a 69.
She had made the cut in 46 consecutive tournaments before shooting an 81 in the opening round and missing out on the weekend at the U.S. Women's Open three weeks ago at Sebonack.
Recari sounded as if she had mixed feelings about the streak ending.
"No, I didn't have any weight on my shoulders," she said. "I would have loved to continue it and it was a disappointment not to make it. But I've had some time to reflect and I'm actually pleased that it happened because it was a good lesson that I had to learn."
Walshe, the first-round leader after a 65, hasn't won in her four years on the LPGA Tour. But she showed some backbone by turning things around after bogeying her first hole on Friday.
"I'm always trying to win, always dreaming the dream to win a tournament," she said with a grin. "I'm really pleased with my game, so I think it can happen. I step up to the tee every week right now and I'm pretty confident. It's pretty nice to have two rounds and be in contention."
Jacqui Concolino followed a 67 with a 68 and was alone in fourth, a shot back.
The pack at 6 under included the world's top-ranked pro, Park and top-ranked amateur, Lydia Ko. They were joined by Chie Arimura.
Park is the hottest commodity in the LPGA these days, with six wins already — including the first three major championships — this year. She had won her last three starts before finishing 14th last week.
"It was a tough day. I just grinded for pars," she said after finishing off a 69 in heat and high humidity at Highland Meadows Golf Club. "The last two birdies (on the par-5 17th and 18th holes) felt like heaven."
|Detroit - LP: J. Mantiply||4||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: C. Torres||5|
|Pittsburgh||3||Top 6th Inning|
|Chicago||68||4th Qtr 9:57|
|Sacramento||95||4th Qtr 9:55|
|Utah||66||4th Qtr 11:46|
|Miami||75||4th Qtr 10:23|
|Toronto||75||4th Qtr 8:24|
|Boston||46||2nd Qtr 1:49|
|Detroit||38||2nd Qtr 4:12|
|LA Lakers||36||2nd Qtr 2:13|
|Phoenix||33||2nd Qtr 5:33|
|Denver||18||1st Qtr 4:55|
|Buffalo||2||2nd Prd 8:25|
|Calgary||3||2nd Prd 6:33|
|Edmonton||0||1st Prd 11:11|
|Miss Valley St||75|
|Northern Ill||48||2nd Half 4:57|
|Bowling Green||60||2nd Half 5:01|
|Brown||65||2nd Half 2:23|
|Toledo||55||2nd Half 1:51|
|Akron||67||2nd Half 2:27|
|Ill-Chicago||62||2nd Half 1:46|
|Columbia||37||2nd Half 1:43|
|Central Mich||53||2nd Half 4:28|
|Bradley||43||2nd Half 3:14|
|Morehead State||42||2nd Half 15:36|
|Furman||14||1st Half 11:24|
|Coll of Charleston||5||1st Half 16:11|
|Texas Tech||8:00 PM|
|Loyola Marymount||10:30 PM|
|(21) George Washington||77|
|(3) South Carolina||58|
|East Tenn St||66|
|(2) Notre Dame||77|
|(9) Arizona State||67|
|Miss Valley St||51|
|(18) Texas A&M||65||FINAL|
|(7) Florida State||82|
|(20) Fla Gulf Coast||74|
|USC Upstate||36||2nd Half 4:00|
|Nebraska||61||2nd Half 1:33|
|Colgate||43||1st OT 2:10|
|Penn||50||2nd Half 0:04|
|Kansas||49||2nd Half 0:21|
|(15) North Carolina||26||1st Half 3:37|
|San Jose St||53||2nd Half|
|Houston||0||1st Half 16:41|
|Utah State||8:00 PM|
|(8) Oregon State|
|New Mexico||8:00 PM|
|(12) Kentucky||8:25 PM|
|(11) Miss State|
|San Diego State||8:30 PM|
|Texas Tech||8:30 PM|
|Boise State||9:00 PM|