RICHMOND, Texas – Paula Creamer believes her unusual menu of meals last week might be why she’s feeling so good at the LPGA Tour championship.
“Knock on wood,” she said.
Before leaving for the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico last week, Creamer stuffed her suitcase full of 40 pounds of packaged and canned foods. In with the clothes, she crammed a dozen or so cans of Chef Boyardee, about the same number of cans of Chicken of the Sea tuna, 16 fruit cups, 16 apple-sauce cups, boxes of Ritz Bitz and a jar of peanut butter. A lot of it went into her parents’ suitcase.
“We paid $140 in fees for overweight suitcases,” Creamer said. “My poor dad, he only had five shirts to wear.”
Creamer took the precaution because she came down with a mysterious malady after returning from the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara exactly a year ago. She spent the night before the final round of the season-ending ADT Championship in the hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla. The intestinal malady, never definitively diagnosed despite extensive testing, plagued her much of this year, though she seems finally to have shaken it.
“I ate Chef Boyardee everyday,' Creamer said of her diet last week. 'I had to learn from last year. I took extra precautions.”