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Recari Closes Fast On LPGA

SYLVANIA, OHIO | In the end, the Marathon Classic turned into an LPGA sprint to the finish. Spain’s Beatriz Recari outdueled American Paula Creamer with a closing 66 at the par-71 Highland Meadows Golf Club to finish 17-under par and edge Creamer by one. The win was her second of the year and third of her LPGA career. Recari opened the door slightly when she missed a four-foot birdie putt that would have given her a two-shot lead going into the final hole. She made up for it with a solid five-foot par save at the last for the victory. “A little too much adrenaline on the miss at 17,” Recari said. “But I was definitely committed to the putt on 18. “I stayed calm. This feels pretty good. I’m just pleased I made the up and down (from the back fringe) for the win.” Creamer was hoping to snap a string of 67 starts without a victory. But her closing 67 wasn’t good enough on this occasion. “Is it sad right now? Yes,” she said. “Does it sting? Of course. I came out here to win. But Beatriz played great. What are you gonna do? “It was just great to be in contention. It makes me want to get back in the winner’s circle.” Creamer has now finished seventh, fourth and second in her past three starts. She will be among those trying to keep Inbee Park from winning the women’s grand slam at the Women’s British Open that begins a week from Thursday at St. Andrews in Scotland. Lexi Thompson, whose final round was highlighted by an ace at the 14th, finished T3 at 13 under with Jodi Ewart Shadoff. Former world No. 1 Stacy Lewis posted a blazing 64 to gain a share of seventh with amateur Lydia Ko. For her part, Park struggled with the putter and finished T33. Former world No. 1 Yani Tseng, meanwhile, missed a third straight cut for the first time in her LPGA career. Creamer and Recari, ranked Nos. 14 and 26 respectively, entered the final round tied at 12 under on the strength of matching Saturday 67s.


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