Creamer eyes money title

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. --- Paula Creamer will use a pink ball today, her custom for the final round. Odds are, she'll play with a different color in mind: green.


Creamer will have a chance to become the first American to win the LPGA Tour's money crown in 15 years, as one of eight remaining competitors at the ADT Championship at Trump International. All will start tied at par when they embark on an 18-hole shootout for the $1 million winner's prize.

"Money title or not, I want to win this event," Creamer said.

Earlier this week, she wasn't even sure she'd be able to play.

Creamer began experiencing sharp stomach pains Wednesday night, and they haven't subsided much since. Creamer cut her usual 90-minute warm-up to a half-hour to conserve energy. She hasn't been able to eat solid food for three days, except for nibbling on dry toast and bagels during Saturday's round.

If Creamer wins the season-ending event that probably will be best remembered as Annika Sorenstam's presumed finale on the LPGA Tour, not only will she nudge Lorena Ochoa by $41,457 for the title, she'll become the first U.S.-born money champion since Betsy King in 1993.

Ochoa earned $8,000 this week, but she didn't qualify for the weekend rounds. A victory would push Creamer over $2.8 million.

Creamer said she would see doctors Saturday night, but promised to be on the tee Sunday morning.

"If I was going to withdraw, it would have been earlier," Creamer said.

Suzann Pettersen put together the best round Saturday, 4-under-par 68, shaking off a triple bogey at the par-4 fourth with almost flawless golf the rest of the way. Pettersen got back to even by the seventh, then ensured her spot in today's field with four birdies in a row on Nos. 13-16.

"I still think the best golf for me this week is ahead of me," said Pettersen, who has three runner-up finishes in 2008 but no wins, after claiming five titles a year ago.

Angela Stanford shot 69, one back of Pet-tersen, to earn her spot. Creamer and Seon Hwa Lee shot 70, and Ji-Yai Shin and Jeong Jang were another shot back.

A three-way playoff decided the final two spots: Karrie Webb and Eun-Hee Jee advanced when Sun Young Yoo three-putted the par-3 17th. The trio shot even-par 72.

Webb and Creamer are the only players to reach all three final rounds of the ADT event since it adopted the eight-player, erase-the-previous-scores Sunday format in 2006. Neither has finished better than third.


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