LPGA. Marathon Classic. Paula and Beatriz Tied At The Top. July 21 2013

Paula Creamer and Beatriz Recari are tied at the top of the leaderboard in the Marathon Classic after the third round  at Highland Meadows Golf Club. Paula Creamer Paula Creamer / Getty Images Paula had a third round -4 under par 67 to share the top spot in the Marathon Classic at -12 under par, which included a chip in birdie at number 17; " This is what I want, I've never made a secret of how much I like to win and be in contention.  But at the same time, I haven't given myself this opportunity too many times.  So it's here, and we'll see how I can handle it tomorrow. I've made more putts, that's always a helpful thing.  I started off a lot better than I have in most events.  Kind of put myself in a good spot after Thursday, and came out and played well on Friday.  Today, just kind of kept it going.  So I think the first couple of rounds are a lot better than what I've been doing in the past." Beatriz said she had a good round and mentioned that chip in birdie of Paula's; Beatriz Recari / Getty Images " I played with her today, and she's a real fighter and a great competitor, so it's not a surprise to see that chip‑in for birdie on seventeen. I know that she's always going to give herself good chances and she played great. I had a great day too, I started with a birdie which is great to start your round with, and then I hit my irons really well and gave myself chances all the time.  I had some putts that just went by the hole.  But I stayed patient, and it was really good to get that birdie there on 17 and 18 to get close to 67. Still 18 holes left, and a lot can happen.  So I just really am trying to stay in the present as much as I can and just go shot by shot and just stay patient. You know, like I did today. I started with a birdie, and I had some really good chances that didn't go in but I stayed patient out there, and it was great to finish with a birdie, birdie.”  Lexi Thompson, Jacqui Concolino and Japanese LPGA Tour rookie Chie Arimura sit in a tie for third place at 9-under par. Lexi is hoping for better things tomorrow; " I hit it really well today, I still left a few putts out there, but it's golf.  So hopefully it will be better tomorrow." Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park has some work to do on Sunday to try and put herself in contention,  after a very disappointing +2 over par 73 in the third round. She’s now eight shots off the lead at -4 under par, tied in 23rd position. Inbee said it was all down to bad putting; " I just putted really bad today, inside of that everything else was really similar, but nothing seems to be going.  I gave myself eight birdie chances out of nine holes on the back nine and nothing went in.  So just a bad putting day, nothing else." World Amateur #1 Lydia Ko is at -6 under par for the tournament following her third round of par 71, the Kiwi is now in a tie for 11th place.