LPGA Championship 2012 Leaderboard: Paula Creamer and 5 Players Who Could Win

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LPGA Championship 2012 Leaderboard: Paula Creamer and 5 Players Who Could Win
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Paula Creamer

With 22 players within five shots of the lead heading into the final round of the 2012 Wegmans LPGA Championship, it's anyone's golf tournament to win.

Third-round leader Eun-Hee Ji seems to have figured out the difficult Locust Hill Country Club track—treacherous with its narrow fairways and thick rough. After an opening round 75 on Thursday, Ji has fashioned rounds of 68 and 69 to lead by one shot at four-under-par after 54 holes.

Of course, whether she has the mettle to maintain that level of play under the pressure of a major championship Sunday remains to be seen. Ironically, though, her best finish this year (T11) was at the season's first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, so she might have the experience she'll need to play well when it matters the most.

Veteran Australian golfer Karrie Webb, a seven-time major championship winner, fired the low round of the tournament on Saturday with an outstanding four-under-par 68 to put herself one shot from the lead. That type of score is an excellent example of how a similar effort by Webb—or another player within striking distance of the lead on Sunday—could produce a major victory.

Paula Creamer got her score to four-under-par at one point during the third round but stumbled down the stretch with bogeys on two of her final three holes—out in 34, in with a disappointing 39—to settle for a one-over-par round of 73 to fall back to one-under-par, but still just three shots behind Ji.

Let's take a closer look at Creamer and five other players within five shots of the lead who have a great chance to win on Sunday.

David Kindervater is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. All quotations in this article were obtained via press conferences at the Media Center at the Wegmans LPGA Championship.

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