LPGA. Marathon Classic. Beatriz Beats Paula. July 22 2013

Beatriz Recari beat Paula Creamer to the LPGA Marathon Classic title.   Beatriz Recari / Getty Beatriz prevailed with a final round of -5 under par 66 and a total of -17 under par to win the Marathon Classic trophy by just one shot from Paula Creamer. The two Ladies started the day on level terms and Beatriz said it was a real contest; " I still can't believe it, because I was so focused for the last two rounds to just keep cool and just focus on my game. Because like Paula said, she played amazing for two days.  It was really a competition.  It was like who was going to stick it close and who was going to make a putt. I was definitely shaking a little bit, I knew that I had to make it to win and avoid a playoff.  Playoff is always nerve‑wracking or you're even and it can go either way. In Kia I won the playoff, but really I took a couple breaths and said, Okay, just read the putt, put a good stroke, and just be calm.’  It went in, so I'm happy.  I'm just really happy. Like I said, just all came down to the last putt. It totally felt like Solheim Cup for the last two days. She is very experienced player in Solheim Cup and I'll be a rookie.  It was great to play with her, to learn, because she's so consistent." Paula  said todays contest certainly has a Solheim Cup feel; " Oh, definitely, I felt it, I know she probably did out there, a little pre‑game into Solheim.  I love match play.  It felt like match play, yes. But at the same time, you're playing the golf course.  Coming down the stretch of course you're playing each other.  But it was good.  Definitely has your juices going for the next couple of weeks. I am pleased.  Am I bummed,  yeah, super bummed.  But that's what it is, I feel really good being back in this spot and tasting that little bit of pressure and excitement coming down the stretch." Jodi Ewart Shadoff was in third place at -9 under par, and -13 under par total, after she had banished her belly putter to the broom cupboard; " It's going to be in the garage when I get home forever, I hope. First year I saw it was pretty good for me and helped my confidence a lot. But the last maybe six or seven months it's kind of been not ruining my stroke, it's not been consistent.  It makes you take it pretty inside and push it out. I was going to wait until this off‑season, but it became so frustrating last week.  I finished at 9‑under last week, obviously the scores were so low.  I gave myself so many opportunities, and it was just really frustrating.  I just couldn't take it any longer. I was nervous switching.  I kind of made it out to be more of a big deal than it should have really been.  It wasn't a big deal for me.  It was just the short putts that I was kind of worried about, but it's been good.  Now my tempo is good.  Finally getting my putter on plane. I'm playing well right now.  Anything can happen, I'm just keeping my fingers crossed, and hopefully I'll be in Colorado in a couple of weeks." World Amateur #1 Lydia Ko finished in a creditable T11 place, at -9 under par.