"Last year, I finished runner-up, too," Choi said. "I went into the playoff and lost. I really wanted to win this week."
Creamer, aiming for her 10th LPGA title, missed a 20-footer for eagle on No. 12 by inches, covering her mouth in disbelief. Then she barely missed a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 14 and started laughing. Two more near-misses followed on Nos. 15 and 16, wiping the smile from her face.
"I had some good, long efforts and they just didn't fall in. Sometimes it's your day and sometimes it's not," she said.
Creamer never dreamed she'd be this close to the title after the car accident on the way to the airport in Bangkok after the LPGA Honda Thailand tournament last week.
She slammed her right shoulder into the dashboard and woke up Thursday still numb. Her caddie, Colin Cann, and fellow golfer Ai Miyazato were also injured. Miyazato withdrew before the tournament because of a sore back, neck and head.
"This is much more than what I even bargained for," Creamer said. "Didn't even know if I was going to tee it up. And taking a third after what Colin and I have been through, it's pretty good."
Tseng was never a factor after the first day. The five-time major winner hasn't won a tournament in nearly a year and could soon lose her top ranking to Choi or Lewis, who moves up to third after this week.
"I didn't hit the ball very well this week, but it's OK. You know you always have next year to come back here," she said.
"World No. 1, I know it's good and people like it," she added. "But I want to care about myself more and I just want to enjoy (my golf). If I lose (it), I'll get back one day, too."