Creamer holds on to win Corning

Monday, July 14, 2008

Paula Creamer shot a 2-over 73 and did just enough to make a big lead stand, going wire-to-wire to win the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic by two strokes Sunday in Sylvania, Ohio.

Creamer, who captured her seventh career win and her third this season, had worse scores every day after breaking the tournament record with an 11-under 60 in the first round. She followed that with a 65 and a 70 to finish at 16-under 268, two shots better than Nicole Castrale, who closed fast with a 64.

The 21-year-old Californian saw her lead drop to a shot when rookie Shanshan Feng -- the first exempt player from China to play on the LPGA Tour -- pushed her with five birdies through the first 11 holes. But Feng fell back with three straight bogeys down the stretch.

South Korea's Eun-Hee Ji, second to Creamer after each of the first three rounds, shot a 72 and was third at 271. Feng had a 69 for a total of 272, followed by Karrie Webb, who shot a 70 and was at 273.

European Tour

Graeme McDowell won the Scottish Open with three straight birdies on the back nine for a 3-under 68 and a two-stroke victory in Luss Scotland.

Phil Mickelson had a 73 and finished 11 shots off the lead in a tie for 38th.

James Kingston (66) finished second.

-- The Associated Press

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