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Creamer, Uribe share Kia Classic lead
Carlsbad, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Paula Creamer and Mariajo Uribe posted 5- under 67s on Thursday and they share the lead after the opening round of the Kia Classic.
Creamer won for the 10th time on the LPGA Tour earlier this year at the HSBC Women's Champions, while Uribe won the 2011 LPGA Brazil Cup, an unofficial event.
Cristie Kerr opened with a 4-under 68. She was joined in third place by Shanshan Feng, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Mi Hyang Lee.
Women's world No. 1 Inbee Park was one stroke back at minus-3 at Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club. She shares seventh place with Lexi Thompson, Tiffany Joh, Azahara Munoz and Lizette Salas.
"Today my ball striking was great. I hit almost probably every fairway and every green, and I probably hit at everything inside 15 feet. Didn't hole anything," Park said. "Had two tap-in birdies and one 5-footer for birdie. Except for that, it was actually a little tougher day on the greens for me, but the ball striking was just really, really good."
Stacy Lewis, the third-ranked player in the world, shot 2-under 70. She is one of 18 players tied for 12th at minus-2. Among those she is tied with are Ai Miyazato, Michelle Wie and 2011 U.S. Women's Open champion So Yeon Ryu.
Creamer played the back nine first on Thursday and she started with three pars in a row. After back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14, she tripped to a bogey on the 15th.
The 27-year-old bounced back with a birdie on the 17th. Creamer made it two in a row as she also birdie No. 18 to make the turn at minus-3.
Creamer birdied the second to get 4-under and she gained a piece of the lead with a birdie at the eighth.
"I played pretty solid. I had one bogey, but I gave myself a bunch of opportunities, and you know, putted really well, made some good 2-putts," said Creamer. "And I think it's an advantage playing early in the morning, and I wanted to take that advantage and try and get as many birdies, but eliminate the bogeys."
While Creamer played in the morning, Uribe was among the afternoon wave off the first tee. Uribe flew up the leaderboard as she poured in four consecutive birdie chances from the second.
Uribe then parred five straight from No. 6. She converted a birdie effort at the par-3 11th to join Creamer in the lead. Uribe closed with seven pars in a row to end alongside Creamer.
NOTES: Defending champion Beatriz Recari is one of 11 players tied for 30th at minus-1 ... This is the sixth time Creamer has had the first-round lead on the LPGA Tour. She won two of the previous five ... Uribe has a piece of the first-round lead for the first time in her tour career ... World No. 2 Suzann Pettersen withdrew before teeing off due to back spasms.
03/27 23:34:13 ET