HAVRE de GRACE, Md. – Paula Creamer's determination to win her first major championship comes through in her devotion to hitting more fairways and greens. She arrives for the McDonald's LPGA Championship having dramatically improved this season in the percentage of greens she's hitting in regulation and in the percentage of fairways she's hitting.
Creamer is dominating the LPGA's greens in regulation stat, hitting a career best 81.1 percent. That's a staggering 5.5 percent better than the next best player, In Kyung Kim. It's 10 percent better than what Lorena Ochoa hit when she led the LPGA in that category a year ago.
Creamer's also at a career best 80.5 percent in fairways hit, ranking fifth best on tour.
'It goes back to something my dad put in my head, that you have to give yourself chances to make birdies,' Creamer said. 'Hitting greens and fairways, they're important stats to me.'
Creamer, 22, says she doesn't tire of being asked if she's ready to win her first major.
'I'm kind of used to it now,' she said. 'I feel like I'm a tough competitor, and I feel like it's about timing . . . I feel like I should have won majors. I think it's a learning experience and we'll see what happens.'