Creamer Overtakes Ochoa at Rochester

By Sports NetworkJune 18, 2005, 4:00 pm
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Paula Creamer fired a 5-under 67 in the third round Saturday to take the lead at the Wegmans Rochester LPGA. Creamer, who won the Sybase Classic four weeks ago in New Rochelle, stands at 10-under-par 206.
Second-round leader Lorena Ochoa managed an even-par 72. She is alone in second place at 8-under-par 208. Becky Morgan, who led after the first round, claimed third at minus-7 after a 71.
Paula Creamer
Paula Creamer is on the verge of her second LPGA Tour title in 2005.
Rosie Jones, the 1991 and 1998 champion here climbed into fourth place at 6- under-par 210 with a third-round 67. Maria Hjorth and Catriona Matthew are one stroke further back at minus-5.
Creamer stumbled out of the gate with a three-putt bogey on the second that dropped her to minus-4. She came right back with a chip-in birdie at the next though. The Californian made it two straight as her 40-foot birdie putt on the fourth found the bottom of the cup.
The 18-year-old parred her next four holes before sinking a birdie on the ninth. Creamer cruised through the back nine with five consecutive pars around the turn at Locust Hill Country Club.
Creamer got within one of Ochoa with a birdie on 15. She took the lead at minus-9 with a 4-foot birdie putt on the 16th, after Ochoa bogeyed 15 behind her. Creamer made it three straight as her 5-foot birdie putt at 17 fell into the cup.
Ochoa clung to the lead most of the round despite opening with bogey on the second. She also rebounded with a birdie on the third.
The Mexican moved to minus-9 with birdie on the par-4 sixth. Ochoa reeled off eight straight pars around the turn. She stumbled to a bogey on 15 to fall out of the lead.
Ochoa dropped further off the pace with a bogey on 16. The 23-year-old managed to get one stroke back with a birdie on 17 before a par at the last.
'It's alright to have a so-so round today,' said Ochoa. 'I'm hoping tomorrow is my good day.'
Mi Hyun Kim, a two-time runner-up at this event, shot an even-par 72. She stands alone in seventh place.
Laura Davies, the 2001 champion, notched her third straight round of 1-under 71. She shares eighth place at 3-under-par 213 with Tina Barrett, Candie Kung, Patricia Baxter-Johnson, Dorothy Delasin, Mikaela Parmlid and Jenny Rosales.
Kim Saiki, the defending champion, is well off the pace at 2-over-par 218 after a round of 73.
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