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Golf Australia Express : Launch
2008 that saw her make 27 cuts from as many events, claim four titles and 16 top 10s, and finish second on the LPGA Tour Money List with earnings in excess of US$1.8 million—worth a fair bit more then than right now. But while Creamer continued to collect event trophies, there was one truth that kept eating her up inside—she was yet to win a major. Not that she wasn’t reminded of that fact at every press conference she attended. Creamer was labelled by many the “best female not to win a major”, the men’s equivalent of which has haunted Sergio, Monty and the like for years. Could the Pink Panther ever shake the monkey off her back? In a word, yes, she could. (OK, so that was three). Creamer’s greatest achievement came in an unexpected way at the 2010 US Women’s Open— although it was no surprise to her, she later admitted. Teeing off in the first round at Oakmont Country Club was an achievement in its own right for the American. Only three months earlier Creamer had extensive surgery on her left thumb to repair two torn ligaments. So bad was the damage her doctor later told Creamer’s father he was surprised she was even able to swing a club, let alone win a major tournament. But if sport has shown us anything it’s that desire and mental strength can produce rare brilliance—Creamer’s four- shot victory over a stellar field was testament to just that. In fact she was the only player to finish under par after four rounds on a tricked up Oakmont track. As she looks to defend her title this week—this time at The Broadmoor in Colorado, Creamer comes into the major with some pretty good form behind her. Of her 10 starts this season, she’s finished inside the top five on five occasions, with her best finish being a T2 at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup back in March. And just two weeks ago she finished T3 at the Wegmans LPGA Championship behind Morgan Pressel and “Somebody-Stop-Me” Yani Tseng, who finished 10 shots clear of the field. But despite Tseng’s clear domination over the field thus far this season, we like Creamer’s chances of finding that self-belief and gritty determination that helped her shake one of golf’s most burdening tags by going back-to-back this week. Thumbs crossed. OTG “ONCE YOU HAVE ONE [MAJOR], YOU WANT MORE AND MORE.” —Defending US Women’s Open Champ, Paula Creamer CLICK HERE TO SEE PAULA CREAMER’S 2011 LPGA STATS