Paula Creamer, Beatriz Recari, Alison Walshe share lead at Marathon with Inbee Park 2 back

  • Article by: RUSTY MILLER , AP Sports Writer
  • Updated: July 20, 2013 - 5:59 AM

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."

The 25-year-old South Korean also said she felt she was pleased with her putting. In other words, the rest of the pack might want to look out.

Ko also birdied her final two holes to polish off a 67. The 16-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander, is in prime position to make a run at her second victory on the LPGA Tour. She was the youngest player ever to win a tour event last year at the age of 15 at the Canadian Women's Open, shortly after winning the U.S. Women's Amateur.

She easily made the cut in suburban Toledo, her 22nd in 22 starts against professionals.

Arimura had a 67.

Defending champion So Yeon Ryu (69), rising American star Lexi Thompson (71) and Jodi Ewart Shadoff (68) were all at 5 under.

"I'm ready to go low tomorrow," Ryu said after a session working on her putting. "There's always a little bit of pressure on my shoulders, especially if I'm the defending champion. But this is just a regular tournament. I'll just keep my focus on my ball and not think about other people."

Spoken just like someone who's won before.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Los Angeles - LP: B. Wilson 7 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Grimm 8
Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer 3 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: J. Shields 2
Philadelphia - WP: J. Williams 3 FINAL
Oakland - LP: D. Otero 0
Toronto - WP: M. Stroman 6 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: C. Capuano 3
Arizona - LP: T. Cahill 1 FINAL
Colorado - WP: E. Butler 5
Boston 2 Top 3rd Inning
Baltimore 0
Milwaukee 0 Top 3rd Inning
Pittsburgh 0
Washington 0 Top 3rd Inning
Miami 1
NY Mets 3 Top 3rd Inning
Atlanta 0
Chicago WSox 0 Top 3rd Inning
Tampa Bay 2
Cleveland 0 Delayed
Minnesota 0
Seattle 0 Bottom 2nd Inning
Houston 5
Cincinnati 0 Bottom 2nd Inning
St. Louis 3
San Francisco - Y. Petit 7:40 PM
San Diego - A. Cashner
Texas - C. Lewis 8:05 PM
LA Angels - J. Weaver
San Diego 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Buffalo
Dallas 9/21/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Washington 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Houston 9/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Minnesota 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Baltimore 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Green Bay 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Indianapolis 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Oakland 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 9/21/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Denver 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Kansas City 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 9/21/14 7:30 PM
Carolina
Chicago 9/22/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 9/25/14 7:25 PM
Washington
Connecticut 14 FINAL
So Florida 17
Old Dominion 45 FINAL
Rice 42
Troy 0 FINAL
(13) Georgia 66
Georgia Tech 27 FINAL
Virginia Tech 24
Eastern Mich 14 FINAL
(11) Michigan State 73
Iowa 24 FINAL
Pittsburgh 20
Bowling Green 17 FINAL
(19) Wisconsin 68
Maryland 34 FINAL
Syracuse 20
Tulane 13 FINAL
Duke 47
Hawaii 12 FINAL
Colorado 21
Marshall 48 FINAL
Akron 17
Utah 26 Delayed 7:51
Michigan 10
North Carolina 41 FINAL
East Carolina 70
Army 21 FINAL
Wake Forest 24
Virginia 33 FINAL
(21) BYU 41
(6) Texas A&M 58 FINAL
SMU 6
Rutgers 31 FINAL
Navy 24
Central Mich 10 FINAL
Kansas 24
Florida 21 FINAL
(3) Alabama 42
Louisville 34 4th Qtr 3:54
FIU 3
Fla Atlantic 19 FINAL
Wyoming 20
Indiana 31 FINAL
(18) Missouri 27
Massachusetts 7 FINAL
Penn State 48
San Jose St 7 4th Qtr 3:14
Minnesota 24
Texas State 21 3rd Qtr 12:50
Illinois 19
Georgia State 14 3rd Qtr 13:05
Washington 0
Ball State 0 Delayed 9:30
Toledo 6
Appalachian St 0 2nd Qtr 13:28
Southern Miss 14
Miss State 14 2nd Qtr
(8) LSU 0
Northern Ill 0 2nd Qtr 14:45
Arkansas 21
Middle Tennessee 7 2nd Qtr 13:25
Memphis 9
Utah State 7 2nd Qtr 14:50
Arkansas State 0
Miami-Ohio 7 2nd Qtr 15:00
Cincinnati 7
Idaho 0 2nd Qtr 13:55
Ohio U 10
Ga Southern 0 Delayed 10:20
South Alabama 0
(14) So Carolina 0 1st Qtr 8:07
Vanderbilt 7
(4) Oklahoma 0 1st Qtr 9:30
West Virginia 0
UNLV 7:00 PM
Houston
(22) Clemson 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State
Miami-Florida 7:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
New Mexico 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 9:00 PM
Arizona
Louisiana 9:30 PM
Boise State
(2) Oregon 9:30 PM
Washington St
San Diego St 9:30 PM
Oregon State
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(25) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(12) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Middle Tennessee 9/26/14 7:00 PM
Old Dominion
Fresno State 9/26/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
(1) Florida State 9/27/14 2:00 AM
NC State
Duke 9/27/14 2:00 AM
Miami-Florida
North Carolina 9/27/14 2:00 AM
(22) Clemson
Texas-El Paso 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(20) Kansas State
Tennessee 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Vanderbilt 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Kentucky
Wyoming 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Northwestern 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
TCU 9/27/14 11:00 AM
SMU
Iowa 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Tulane 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Rutgers
So Florida 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Colorado State 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Boston College
Western Mich 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Virginia Tech
Maryland 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Indiana
Akron 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/27/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Arkansas 9/27/14 2:30 PM
(6) Texas A&M
Kent State 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Virginia
Western Ky 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Minnesota 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Wake Forest 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Louisville
FIU 9/27/14 2:30 PM
UAB
Miami-Ohio 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Colorado 9/27/14 3:00 PM
California
Louisiana Tech 9/27/14 3:00 PM
(5) Auburn
Texas 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Kansas
Temple 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Connecticut
(16) Stanford 9/27/14 3:15 PM
Washington
TX-San Antonio 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Fla Atlantic
South Alabama 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Idaho
Cincinnati 9/27/14 5:00 PM
(23) Ohio State
Rice 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
(18) Missouri 9/27/14 6:00 PM
(14) So Carolina
Boise State 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Air Force
Central Mich 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
Troy 9/27/14 6:00 PM
ULM
New Mexico St 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(8) LSU
Memphis 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(10) Ole Miss
Texas State 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Washington St 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Utah
(9) Notre Dame 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Syracuse
(7) Baylor 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Iowa State
UNLV 9/27/14 7:00 PM
San Diego St
Illinois 9/27/14 8:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
Oregon State 9/27/14 9:30 PM
(17) USC
Nevada 9/27/14 9:30 PM
San Jose St
Vancouver FC 0 FINAL
Portland 3
Houston 0 1st Half 1:00
Philadelphia 0
New England 0 1st Half 30:00
Columbus 0
San Jose 0 1st Half 35:00
Montreal 0
Seattle 0 1st Half 25:00
Red Bull New York 1
D.C. 7:30 PM
Chicago
FC Dallas 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Toronto 40 FINAL
Brt Columbia 23
Edmonton 1 11:57
Hamilton 3
Calgary 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 9/21/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Montreal 9/26/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 9/26/14 9:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/27/14 5:30 PM
Winnipeg
Brt Columbia 9/27/14 8:30 PM
Calgary
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close