Thursday, November 8, 2007
Creamer Shoots 29 on Back at Tournament of Champions
Not long after saying that Lorena Ochoa and Suzann Pettersen were far ahead of her, Paula Creamer finds herself 7 shots ahead of the former and 2 ahead of the latter at the Tournament of Champions, thanks to closing with 7 straight birdies in her round on Thursday. Still, the tournament is anything but hers. Meg Mallon matched her 67, Mi Hyun Kim, Seon Hwa Lee, Natalie Gulbis, and Pat Hurst matched Pettersen's 69, Se Ri Pak (70), Hee-Won Han (71), and Annika Sorenstam (71) are lurking, and you can never count Ochoa or Inkster out. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Christina Kim (77), Moira Dunn (78), Meaghan Francella (80), or Morgan Pressel (82). Lucky for Francella that a win from Mallon, Hurst, Julieta Granada, or Joo Mi Kim would qualify them on second-half winnings, so she still would retain the last spot in the ADT Championship (assuming, that is, Catriona Matthew takes advantage of her 9-shot lead on her) even were such a miracle to happen.