SYLVANIA, Ohio – The Marathon Classic isn’t a match-play tournament.
Except for maybe this year.
Beatriz Recari birdied the two closing par 5s to catch Paula Creamer atop the leader board through 54 holes Saturday, setting up a head-to-head battle between players who are three shots clear of the field.
Recari, a 26-year-old Spaniard who has won twice on the LPGA Tour, conceded that it’s hard not to get caught up in a two-person competition.
Definitely, it’s easier because you’re playing with the player closest to you in score, she said. You still have to do your best. You can’t control what she does, so you always have to stay focused on what you’re doing.
They were at 12-under 201 after each shooting 4-under 67.
Creamer, who won in 2008 when the tournament was known as the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, led throughout the round by as many as two shots before Recari’s late surge at Highland Meadows.
There are plenty of potential challengers, even though several of the biggest names – including world No. 1 Inbee Park, defending champ So Yeon Ryu and top amateur Lydia Ko all fell back into the pack.
Rising American teen Lexi Thompson had a 67 and, along with Jacqui Concolino and Japan’s Chie Arimura, was three shots back. Jennifer Johnson (66), Chella Choi (66) and Jodi Ewart Shadoff (68) were at 205.
PGA: At Madison, Miss., Daniel Summerhays waited out a rain delay before making a 19-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a share of the lead with Nicholas Thompson in the Sanderson Farms Championship.
Summerhays finished with a 3-under 69 to match Thompson at 17 under at Annandale Golf Club. Thompson shot a 65. He’s trying for his first PGA Tour win and would join sister Lexi as only the third brother-sister combo to win on the LPGA and PGA Tours.
CELEBRITY CHAMPIONSHIP: In Stateline, Nev., Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry had four birdies in a late six-hole stretch to take a one-point lead after the second round of the American Century Championship.
Curry had 25 points in the round and 47 overall in the modified Stableford format that awards graduated points for pars or better.
Former NHL player Jeremy Roenick and former NFL quarterback Chris Chandler were tied for second, and former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien was two points back at 45.
Chandler, a past champion, had 22 points in the second round.