PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Paula Creamer’s last round at the Wegmans LPGA Championship ended as sadly as it began for a player who feels like this city is her home away from home.
Creamer shot 77 Friday to miss the cut for the first time as a pro in a major championship. She did so after watching her friend and long-time caddie Colin Cann leave the course in pain with back spasms shortly before Creamer was scheduled to tee off in the second round. It’s the first time Cann hasn’t toted her bag since he broke an ankle her rookie year.
“Probably the hardest thing I've had to do in a long time is come out here without him,” Creamer said. “We've been together 10 years, and I cried. I hate to see him in pain, and I wish I could have helped him with something.”
Creamer, 28, left the course after her round to visit Cann at a local hospital. He has been her caddie for her entire pro career. How close are they? Cann will stand up as part of Creamer’s wedding party later this year.
“I'm hoping it's just a pinched nerve and whatnot,” Creamer said. “But it's not something we're going to mess with.”
Creamer’s parents recruited Meaghan Francella to take Cann’s place moments after Francella finished caddying for Pat Hurst in a morning round. Francella, a former player who won the LPGA MasterCard Classic in 2007, is a friend to Creamer. Francella had just 10 minutes between rounds and raced from scoring to the first tee to pick up Creamer’s bag.
Creamer’s run of consecutive cuts made as a pro in majors ends at 39. She surpassed Tiger Woods' mark of consecutive cuts made (37) earlier this year. The end comes at a special place for Creamer, in the final staging of the Wegmans LPGA Championship. She first played an LPGA event here on a sponsor exemption as a 16-year-old. Her grandfather, Tom Creamer, used to drive over from Ithaca to cheer her before his death in 2012.
“I easily could have withdrawn and pulled out, but there is no way,” Creamer said. “I'm a fighter. I'm a grinder, and I birdied the last hole, and I'm never going to quit.
“It was an awesome run. It's unfortunate it happened this way, but some things just have to come to an end at times.”