The trio did have a few fleeting moments. All three birdied the par-3 ninth hole, Lewis chipping in from the fringe, and the large gallery following them roared in approval.
The celebration was short-lived. Lewis and Creamer each managed just one birdie and one bogey on the back side and finished the day pretty much where they started.
At least they were in the hunt.
"People knew how hard it was. They were struggling through it with us," said Lewis, who won two of her previous three starts. "You miss the fairway by an inch and you have no shot. You're making bogey at best. You have to keep your focus — you're going to make a bogey, you're going to make a bad swing — and just move on. I'm hanging in there."
When Creamer blasted out of a sand trap at No. 16, sand blew back in her face as she watched her ball roll well past the cup and made bogey. A birdie at the par-5 17th hole left her at even par for the day.
"Where I'm at right now, I feel pretty good," said Creamer, whose last victory on tour was the 2010 U.S. Women's Open. "I've played well, I've played solid. I've made my mistakes, but at the same time I'm right in contention. There's a lot of golf left."
Not for Grace Park. After 13 injury-plagued years on the LPGA Tour, the 33-year-old South Korean announced her retirement.
"This last back nine I think I gave it my all," said Park, who made the cut and said she planned to finish the tournament. "I started to get tears in my eyes. It was very emotional."
Divots: Tee times for Saturday were adjusted because of the threat of inclement weather. Players will tee off in threesomes on the first and 10th tees at 7 a.m. ... Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger Woods, missed the cut with rounds of 75 and 79 in her first tournament as a pro. ... U.S. Women's Open champion So Yeon Ryu was tied for the lead at 3 under, but made a double bogey on her final hole, the par-3 ninth, after driving over the green into the rough.
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