Third Round Recap Of SemGroup Championship


Sunday, May 4th 2008, 9:53 am
By: News On 6


Creamer takes two stroke lead in Tulsa. Five-time LPGA Tour winner Paula Creamer (70-71-69=210) holds a two-stroke lead at 3-under par at the SemGroup Championship Presented By John Q. Hammons. Creamer started the day at 1-under 141, one shot ahead of Ji Young Oh. She carded four birdies, including birdie putts of 50-feet on hole nine and 40-feet on hole 12, before making two bogies in her final three holes. The final-round leader has now made two bogies in her final three holes in each of the first three rounds.

Creamer has held a final-round lead six times in her career, most recently at the 2007 Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions where she led by six strokes after three rounds and won by eight. Her other victory with a final-round lead came at the 2005 Evian Masters where she led by seven strokes after three rounds and won by eight.

2006 runner-up Inkster in final group. 31-time LPGA Tour winner Juli Inkster shot the low round of the week on Saturday to move into solo second place at the SemGroup Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons. The 2006 SemGroup Championship runner-up fired a 4-under 67 to move to 1-under-par (72-73-67=212) heading into Sunday's final round at Cedar Ridge.

Inkster will tee off at 12:52 p.m. alongside final-round leader and U.S. Solheim Cup team partner Paula Creamer. With a win on Sunday, the 47-year-old Inkster would become the oldest winner in LPGA Tour history (Beth Daniel - 46 years, 8 months, 29 days). Her last victory came at the 2006 Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola. She lost in a one-hole, sudden-death playoff to Mi Hyun Kim last year in Tulsa.

Ochoa trails by eight shots. Rolex Rankings number one Lorena Ochoa shot even-par 71 on Saturday to move into a tie for sixth place at the SemGroup Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons. The 26-year-old trails third-round leader Paula Creamer by eight shots entering the final round of play at Cedar Ridge Country Club in Broken Arrow, Okla.

Ochoa made birdie on her second hole of the third round, but countered with a bogey on three to remain even for the day. Back-to-back birdies on holes eight and nine pushed her to 2-under on the day, but back-to-back bogies on holes 11 and 12 again knocked her back to even where she remained for the rest of the day.

The LPGA record for largest come-from-behind victory is 10 shots shared by Annika Sorenstam (2001 The Office Depot Hosted by Amy Alcott) and Mickey Wright (1964 Tall City Open). If Ochoa were to come back to win, she would tie the LPGA record for most consecutive wins in tournaments participated with five.

Five players under par on Saturday. Jimin Kang (82-70-69=221) fired her second straight under-par round on Saturday at the SemGroup Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons. Kang, a one-time LPGA winner, started her week with an 11-over-par 82, but countered Saturday with a 70 and Sunday with a 69 on the par-71 layout at Cedar Ridge. She moved from a tie for 60th in the second round to a tie for 23rd entering the final round of play.

Other players who broke par on Saturday include Paula Creamer (70-71-69=210), Juli Inkster (72-73-67=212), Dorothy Delasin (78-72-69=219) and rookie Sarah Kemp (78-74-70=222).