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Continued: Spain's Beatriz Recari outduels Paula Creamer in Marathon Classic for 3rd LPGA Tour victory

  • Article by: RUSTY MILLER , AP Sports Writer
  • Last update: July 21, 2013 - 4:35 PM

"In all that golf out there, it's kind of funny how it all comes down to the wire," Creamer said.

At the par-5 closing hole, Creamer found trouble in the trees to the left off the tee, but recovered to hit her second into light rough on the right side. Both then misfired on their approach shots, Creamer's running through the green to the first cut and Recari flying the green to light rough.

Recari chipped to 5 feet past the hole before Creamer missed her 20-foot birdie putt from the fringe.

With the tournament on the line, Recari then stroked in her par putt for her second victory of the season. In March, she won the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif., beating I.K. Kim with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.

"I was definitely shaky on the last putt," she said. "I knew I had to make it to win and avoid a playoff. A playoff is always nerve-racking."

When the Marathon Classic trophy didn't show up immediately after the awards ceremony, Recari joked she had hidden it.

"I kept it!" she said, laughing.

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