Creamer, Wie encouraged by Sime Darby play

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Paula Creamer left the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia excited about her strong finish.

Michelle Wie left having to be encouraged by her improved play but likely frustrated by one bad hole that cost her a chance at back-to-back top-10 finishes on tour.

After posting a 7-under-par 64 Saturday, Creamer followed it up with a 68 on Sunday, tying for ninth at TPC Kuala Lumpur. It was Creamer’s third top-10 finish this year, her first since March.

“This has been a crazy year for me,” Creamer said. “It looks like I’m very far away from being good, but I’m really not that far away. I’m very close. I proved it yesterday, and today I played pretty solid. Overall, this is kind of what we’ve been looking for, and, hopefully, I can continue to keep it going.”

Creamer struggled through a left wrist injury this summer.

Wie, who tied for 10th last week at the Blue Bay LPGA, made another strong start in Malaysia this week. She was in contention late into the third round before making a quadruple bogey 8 at the 18th hole. She closed Sunday with an even par 71 to tie for 27th.