Creamer wins Fields Open with late rally

Paula Creamer, Fields Open
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Paula Creamer birdied four of the last five holes to win.

"Made one or two mistakes coming down the stretch, but then I bounced back," she said. "It wasn't enough, but it was fun to have a chance."

The 37-year-old Sorenstam has proven she's healthy and confident again after coming off an injury-shortened season in 2007 where the Swedish star was winless for the first time since her rookie season in 1994.

"It's nice to be back, being in contention and getting that feel of what it's like when you have to hit that pressure shot," Sorenstam said. "I'm definitely looking forward to next week, and I should really say the season in general."

Karen Stupples (66) and Minea Blomqvist (69) tied for fifth at 11 under.

Conditions at Ko Olina were balmy and calm for a third day, forcing players to go low.

Creamer, who suffered from flu-like symptoms earlier this week, made her move late, and early. She sank a 35-foot birdie putt to catch Jang for the lead. Jang regained the lead at 13 under with a birdie on No. 6.

"I was kind of in a little drought for quite a while," said Creamer, who parred 10 straight holes before her birdie flurry. "I just kept telling myself, 'Stay patient. The putts are going to fall."'

But time was running out.

Jang and Creamer both easily birdied the par-5 14th. Creamer kneed her putter after just missing a 15-foot eagle putt. Jang earlier missed her 23-footer for eagle.

The American shook her fist after sinking a 12-foot birdie putt that pulled her within a stroke of Jang with two strokes to play. Creamer hit a rescue and made a 20-foot putt on No. 17 for a share of the lead.

Creamer, who earned $195,000, will head to the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore. She finished third on the money list last year with 13 top-10 finishes, including two victories.

"I'm ready for that flight tomorrow. I'm going to be awake the whole time," she said.

While Wie struggled, another 18-year-old from Honolulu playing on a sponsor exemption performed well. Ayaka Kaneko, a senior at Sacred Hearts Academy, closed with a 71 to tie defending champion Stacy Prammanasudh (71) for 45th at 3-under 213.

Kaneko advanced to the quarterfinals of last year's U.S Women's Amateur Public Links and finished second in the U.S. Girls Junior.

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