Recari, Creamer share lead through 54SYLVANIA, Ohio - Beatriz Recari of Spain birdied the two closing par 5s to catch Paula Creamer atop the leaderboard through 54 holes in the Marathon Classic on Saturday.
They set up a head-to-head battle between players who are three shots clear of the field. They were at 12-under 201 after each shooting 4-under 67.
There are plenty of potential challengers, even though several of the biggest names - including world No. 1 Park In-bee, defending champ Ryu So-yeon and top amateur Lydia Ko all fell back into the pack.
Ryu, who shot a 62 in the final round to win a year ago by seven strokes, shot a 70 and was six shots back of the leaders. Ko had a 71 and is tied with Ryu.