Corning, New York:Paula Creamer is back in the spot she covets - atop the leaderboard.
The 20-year-old LPGA Tour star birdied her two final holes Saturday for a 6-under 66 to tie Beth Bader and Young Kim for the third-round lead at the Corning Classic.
Creamer, who began the day three shots behind Bader, completed a bogey-free round with a nice par save at No 16, then chipped to about a foot at No 17 and finished with a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole.
"This was a really good three-hole finish. I finished strong," said Creamer, who won at Turtle Bay in her first start of the season. "I gave myself plenty of opportunities to go low and I made some good putts."
Bader (69), who began the day with a one-shot lead over Kim (68), fell behind by two shots at the turn. She tied Kim at 16 under with a birdie at No. 13, and the two parred the final five holes to finish at 16-under 200 - one shot ahead of Mi Hyun Kim (66).
Two South Korean rookies were in the hunt for their first tour victories. In-Kyung Kim (68) was at 12 under, one shot ahead of Na On Min (68). Becky Morgan (70) also was at 11 under.
Among the top seven players on the leaderboard, only Creamer and Mi Hyun Kim have won on the LPGA Tour.