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LPGA returns after a two week break

The LPGA Tour resumes after a two-week break Thursday, with Taiwanese rookie Yani Tseng and Paula Creamer heading the field for the inaugural 1.4 million-dollar Bell Micro LPGA Classic.

The tournament will be the first full-field LPGA event at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Magnolia Grove course, which has hosted the LPGA Tournament of Champions in previous years.

Seven-time LPGA winner Creamer was the last winner on the course, with her Tournament of Champions victory in 2007.

"Obviously coming off the win that I had last year here, defending my title, even though it's not same, it still feels like it," a confident Creamer said. "I feel very prepared. I had a good two weeks off. I did some things that in the normal season if you didn't have two weeks, I wouldn't have been able to do."

Creamer set up her victory here last year with a blazing first-round finish, nabbing seven birdies in a row. She said that effort continues to help her to this day.

"You know, I was struggling at the beginning of the round and then kind of just pulled out seven birdies in a row and I finished strong. It helped me in certain situations later down the road. This year it's helped me.

"Once you see the ball go in the hole, the basket, it just gets bigger and bigger, and that's what happens."

Rookie of the year leader Tseng could gain more breathing room in that race with second-placed Na Yeon Choi absent.

The pair have been battling back-and-forth all year for the number-one position and Tseng currently holds a 1,171 to 1,057 lead.

In June, Tseng made her first LPGA victory a memorable one as she captured the LPGA Championship major title on the fourth hole fo sudden death.

Tseng became the first rookie to win a women's major since South Korea's Se Ri Pak won the same championship in 1998.


September 11, 2008

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