Creamer leads by one at Ochoa

Sports Network

, Last Updated: 8:11 PM ET

Guadalajara, Mexico – Paula Creamer carded a six-under 66 Friday to take a one-stroke lead after 36 holes of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

Creamer finished two rounds at 10-under-par 134. She finished second at this event last year.

"I came close last year. Michelle (Wie) played really well on Sunday. It does (motivate you) to fight your way back and it is nice to be in contention going into the weekend," Creamer said in a television interview. "That's all you can ask for is a chance."

Suzann Pettersen fired a seven-under 65 to move into second place at minus- nine. Six of her seven birdies Friday came on the back nine at Guadalajara Country Club.

Stacy Lewis stumbled to a bogey at the last to shoot three-under 69, which left her alone in third place at eight-under-par 136. Lewis' closing bogey was her first in 79 holes.

"I played solid. I hit 15 greens and gave myself a lot of chances," said Lewis, who had her third top-10 finish of the season last week in Korea. "I'm a little frustrated because I told myself before the round I was going to lay up on 18 and still went for it. Maybe I'll change that game plan tomorrow."

First-round leader Cristie Kerr dropped five strokes on the back nine en route to a four-over 76. She tumbled into a share of 14th at minus-four.

Kerr led by one after a birdie on the 10th. However, she stumbled to double- bogeys on 13 and 15 to slide down the leaderboard. Kerr closed with a bogey at the 18th to finish out her round.

Creamer was four behind Kerr at the start of the round, but quickly closed the gap with three consecutive birdies from the second. Creamer sank a four-footer for birdie on No. 6 to join Kerr in the lead at minus-eight.

However, Creamer stumbled to bogeys at the eighth and 10th to fall two behind her fellow American.

"I played pretty solid, but had a little hiccup in the middle of my round," Creamer said. "I kept on going though."

Creamer began to climb back up the leaderboard with a five-foot birdie putt on 11. She got within one of Kerr thanks to a 20-foot birdie effort at the 12th.

After three straight pars, Creamer poured in a 30-footer to join Pettersen atop the leaderboard at minus-nine. Creamer took the lead by herself with a six-foot birdie putt at the 18th.

"I've been hitting my irons well this week, and I've been putting the ball pretty well. I knew if I just kept giving myself some chances some putts would fall," Creamer stated. "You know, six-under on any golf course is a good day."

Pettersen had just one birdie on the front nine, at the par-four second. She parred the next seven holes.

At the 10th, she caught fire. Pettersen followed a birdie on 10 with another on No. 11. She ran off three straight birdies from the 13th to gain a share of the lead.

Pettersen drained a 13-footer for birdie at the last to get in at minus-nine.

Meena Lee fired a seven-under 65 to jump into a share of fourth place at seven-under-par 137. She stands alongside Ai Miyazato (69), Karine Icher (67), Katherine Hull (69), In-Kyung Kim (68) and Azahara Munoz (67).

NOTES: Creamer is the 10th-ranked player in the world, while Pettersen is ranked fifth...World No. 1 Jiyai Shin took the week off and No. 2 Yani Tseng (70) is well off the pace at two-over 146 after two rounds...Wie, the 2009 champion, withdrew after the first round.


Photos