Creamer eager for new centerpiece

By Randall MellJune 23, 2011, 8:52 pm

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Paula Creamer didn’t like boxing up her U.S. Women’s Open trophy a couple weeks ago.

She didn’t like sending it back to the U.S. Golf Association after enjoying it as the centerpiece on her kitchen table for nearly a year.

She came out Thursday at the Wegmans LPGA Championship looking eager to replace it with another major championship trophy.

With a 5-under 67, Creamer matched her lowest score in seven LPGA Championship appearances. She moved into second place with the completion of the morning wave, one shot behind Yani Tseng.

The LPGA Championship trophy was prominently displayed at the first tee for the start at Locust Hill Country Club.

“I’ve always wanted to play well here and win here, but it’s only Thursday,” Creamer said. “I've got a lot of golf left.'

Creamer has three top 10s in the LPGA Championship, her best finish coming in her debut in ’05 at Bulle Rock, where she finished tied for third.

Thursday’s 67 was Creamer’s best score to open a major. She closed her round sticking a 7-iron to a foot-and-a-half to set up birdie.

'Normally, I kind of shoot myself in the foot the first day, putting pressure on myself wanting to do well,' Creamer said. 'It's nice to be on the other side going into tomorrow. I just need to  keep it going.'

It’s a long week already for Creamer, who's after her second major championship title, but she says she’s feeling strong. She played 36 holes at the CVS Caremark Charity Classic on Monday and Tuesday, teaming with Brandt Snedeker to finish sixth.

“Warming up today, it felt like it was the third round or fourth round because of the tournament Monday and Tuesday,” Creamer said. “I feel very competitive. I don’t think endurance is a problem.”

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.