GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. – South Korea’s M.J. Hur has the lead after two rounds of the ShopRite LPGA Classic with comeback kid Paula Creamer right behind.
Hur birdied the 18th hole for a 7-under 64 and one-stroke lead over Creamer heading into the final round of the $1.5 million tournament, just miles from the Atlantic City casino resort.
The 20-year-old Hur had a 36-hole total of 11-under 131 in her quest for her second LPGA victory. She won the Safeway event last year.
Creamer, who is playing for the first time since having surgery on her left thumb in late March, had a second-round 65 that was capped by a 45-foot birdie on the last hole at Seaview’s Bay Course.
Japan’s Ai Miyazato, a three-time winner on the tour this year, was two shots off the lead along with Australia’s Katherine Hull, who shot a tournament-best 8-under 63 playing early Saturday morning.
First-round leader Sherri Steinhauer, who missed all of last year following surgery on both hips, bogeyed the last two holes and was four shots off the lead.