Emotional week for Creamer at Locust Hill

By Randall MellJune 6, 2012, 7:57 pm

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – A lot of challenges stack up for Paula Creamer this week.

They’re both competitive and emotional.

She will be paired with world No. 1 Yani Tseng and Stacy Lewis in the first two rounds of the Wegmans LPGA Championship, a special event for Creamer that carries a lot of heartfelt memories.

Locust Hill is a place Creamer has always wanted to win. Her grandfather, Tom Creamer, whom she called “Pops,” used to drive over from his home in Ithaca, N.Y., every year to watch Paula play. He was older, and he couldn’t travel a lot, so it was a convenient trip for him. They were very close. When “Pops” got sick earlier this season, Paula withdrew from the HSBC Champions in Singapore and flew back to the United State to be by his side. He died March 19 at age 94.

“This is my first time playing Wegmans without my grandpa, `Pops,’ being there,” Creamer said. “I think that’s going to be the hardest thing, just mentally. This will be more of a mental feat out on the golf course.”

The challenge is ratcheted up in the first two rounds with Creamer in the marquee pairing with Tseng and Lewis, the hottest player on tour.

Nobody gets paired with Tseng more than Creamer. This will mark the sixth and seventh times Creamer and Tseng will play together this season.

Creamer will be looking to change the momentum in their pairings. Tseng has posted the lower round every time they’ve played this year. In fact, Tseng seems to be at her best against Creamer. Tseng is 17-under in their five pairings together this season. Creamer is 3 over.

It should be noted, though, Creamer’s emotional state wasn’t the best in three of those pairings. Creamer was paired with Tseng in Singapore the day she learned of her grandfather’s worsening illness and withdrew to fly back to be with him. She also played with Tseng in the first two rounds of the Kia Classic the week after her grandfather passed.

“I do play with Yani a lot,” Creamer said. “I have this year, that’s for sure, but she is a good person to be paired with, and with Stacy, too, to be paired with the defending champion and last week’s winner. There are always big crowds here, and with this group, I think we’re going to have a lot of people watching.”

Creamer hasn’t won at Locust Hill, but she has some strong finishes. She finished second in ’05, tied for third last year and tied for 10th in ’08.

“This is by far one of my favorite stops,” Creamer said. “I’ve made a lot of friends here.”

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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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.