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Creamer shoots to head up pack by seven strokes

AP , EVIAN, FRANCE

Ai Miyazato of Japan tees off at the 9th hole during the Evian Masters in Evian, France on Saturday. Miyazato dropped further behing the leader with a 75.

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Paula Creamer shot a 6-under 66 Friday, taking a seven-stroke lead over Karine Icher and Laura Davies after the third round of the 2 million euros (US$2.4 million) Evian Masters.

The 18-year-old Californian was eight strokes ahead of Annika Sorenstam, who carded a 72, and 11 clear of 15-year-old amateur Michelle Wie. After rounds of 75 and 70, the 15-year-old Hawaiian came in with a 68.

Icher managed a 68 and Davies had a 70, but lost ground of Creamer, who is poised to claim her second title in her rookie season.

"Tomorrow it will be like everybody's starting out at zero," Creamer said. "I'll aim to get the lead as big as possible as quickly as possible."

Creamer, known for wearing something pink every time she plays, captured the Sybase Classic two months ago and is fourth in the LPGA money list with US$739,650.

"But when I won the Sybase I was a shot back going into Sunday," Creamer said.

"Here I've got seven shots. I feel good with that."

Sorenstam has no illusions about her last-round task.

"I've got to play a real good round, a 64 or maybe even better, to give myself a chance tomorrow," the Swede said.

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