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 / 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.