Creamer Graduates into Winners Circle

By Sports NetworkMay 22, 2005, 4:00 pm
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Eighteen-year-old rookie Paula Creamer birdied the 72nd hole Sunday to close a round of 1-under 70 and win the Sybase Classic. Creamer completed her first tour win at 6-under-par 278.
Creamer, who will walk in her high school graduation on Thursday, became the second youngest winner on tour at 18 years, nine months and 17 days. Marlene Hagge won twice as an 18-year-old, and both times she was younger than Creamer was in her win Sunday.
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Paula Creamer holds aloft the first-ever trophy won in her budding LPGA Tour career.
'It's going to be fun going home for graduation, that's for sure,' said Creamer. 'It's so exciting. There's not enough words to explain it . I was saying to Joel (her caddie), I can't speak, let alone think. It's awesome.'
Jeong Jang birdied 17 and 18 to close a round of 4-under 67. She ended at 5-under-par 279 alongside Gloria Park, the 2002 champion here.
Christina Kim had a chance to force a playoff at the par-5 closing hole, but she left her second shot in a greenside bunker. She was unable to hole her third shot for eagle and walked away with a par for a round of 73 to end at minus-4. Heather Bowie and Joo Mi Kim were one stroke further back at 3-under-par 281.
Creamer, who opened the round one stroke behind Christian Kim, struggled throughout her round with the damp conditions. She stumbled to a bogey on the second to fall out of the lead at minus-5.
The youngster bounced back with a birdie from 12 feet out on the fourth at Wykagyl Country Club to get back within one stroke of the lead.
She came right back with a birdie on five to get to 6 under and a share of the lead with Park. Creamer, as well as Park, bogeyed the seventh to stay tied for the lead.
Creamer faltered to another three-putt bogey on the ninth to drop back to minus-4, and a tie for the lead with Park, who bogeyed the eighth, and Siew-Ai Lim.
The leaders continued to struggle though. Lim fell off the pace with bogeys on 11 and 13 and a double bogey on 16. Creamer maintained a piece of the lead despite a bogey on the par-4 11th.
Creamer converted an excellent up-and-down par on the par-3 13th. That gave her the momentum she was looking for. The rookie grabbed the outright lead at minus-4 with a kick-in birdie on the 14th.
She made it two straight birdies as she chipped within inches of the cup at the par-5 15th. Jang, playing three groups ahead of Creamer, birdied the last to tie Creamer at 5 under as Creamer parred 16 and 17.
Creamer's second to the par-5 18th came up short in the left rough. She pitched to 17 feet and drained the birdie putt for the win.
'I was actually thinking more about the second putt if I missed it coming back, because I knew Gloria blew her putt about five feet past the hole,' Creamer said of her putt on 18. 'I thought, there's no way I'm going to do that, it's just going to get to the hole. And it barely fell in. I didn't think it was going in at first. I think it willed its way into the hole.'
Jang started the round at 1 under and slipped to even par with a bogey on the par-3 fourth. The Korean reeled off three birdies in a four-hole stretch from the eighth to move into contention.
The 24-year-old stumbled to a bogey on 13, but recovered with a birdie on the 15th. Jang birdied the last two holes to share second place.
Park got to 6 under with a birdie on No. 2. She slid all the way back to minus-3 after bogeys on seven, eight and 11. She got one stroke back with a birdie on 13.
After a bogey the 14th, Park birdied the 15th to get to minus-4. She birdied the 17th, but could only par the last to share second place.
'It was a really great week,' said Park. 'Today I think I played really good for the conditions, but I wasn't happy with the putts I missed on seven and 11, which were short ones. Other than that, everything was good.'
Mi Hyun Kim posted a 1-over 72 to end at 2-over-par 282. Tina Barrett, Soo-Yun Kang and Michele Redman shared eighth place as the last players in red figures at 1-under-par 283.
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    Watch: Tiger birdies 3 of 4, then goes OB

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 18, 2018, 8:30 pm

    Starting Sunday five off the lead, Tiger Woods teed off in his final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a laced 2-iron and a par at No. 1.

    Woods hit the green at the par-3 second but left himself a 50-foot birdie putt and a 6-footer to save par, which he walked in.

    A two-putt 4 at the par-5 fourth gave Woods his first birdie of the day and moved him to 8 under for the week. Apparently energized, Tiger pulled driver at the short par-4 fifth and unleashed this violent swing.

    A pitch from the thick rough hit a sprinkler head and stopped on the apron, leading to this birdie try, which fortunately hit the pin but unfortunately didn't fall.

    Looking to pick up another stroke - or two - at the par-5 sixth, Woods took his drive 317 yards over the water and hit this second shot from 227 yards to 13 feet, leading to another two-putt birdie when his eagle try burned the right edge.

    Returning to his trusty 2-iron, Tiger found the fairway at the par-4 eighth and then threw this dart from 176 yards to 6 feet and rolled in his third birdie putt of the day to move to 10 under.

    His momentum was slowed by his first bogey of the day at No. 9, the product of an errant drive and its ensuing complications. As a result, Woods made the turn 2 under on his round, 9 under for the week, and still five off the lead, like when he started the day.

    But Woods wouldn't wait long to make up for his mistake, immediately responding with another flagged iron and another birdie at No. 10.

    He continued his assault on Bay Hill's par-5s at the 12th, getting up and down from the sand for a birdie-4 that moved him to 11 under par, just two off the lead.

    And with this roll at 13 giving him his third birdie in four holes, the charge was officially on, with Woods just one back.

    Just when it looked like Woods was primed for a late run at his 80th PGA Tour victory, Woods stepped to the tee at the par-5 16th, where he had missed wide right three days in a row, and sniped his drive out of bounds into a backyard miles left.

    He made 4 on his second ball for a bogey-6 to drop back to 11 under, three behind.

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    McIlroy: Time for Tour to limit alcohol sales on course

    By Ryan LavnerMarch 18, 2018, 1:50 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. – Rory McIlroy suggested Saturday that the PGA Tour might need to consider curbing alcohol sales to stop some of the abusive fan behavior that has become more prevalent at events.

    McIlroy said that a fan repeatedly yelled his wife’s name (Erica) during the third round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

    “I was going to go over and have a chat with him,” McIlroy said. “I think it’s gotten a little much, to be honest. I think they need to limit the alcohol sales on the course, or they need to do something, because every week it seems like guys are complaining about it more and more.

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    “I know that people want to come and enjoy themselves, and I’m all for that, but sometimes when the comments get personal and people get a little bit rowdy, it can get a little much.”

    This isn’t the first time that McIlroy has voiced concerns about fan behavior on Tour. Last month at Riviera, he said the rowdy spectators probably cost Tiger Woods a half-shot a round, and after two days in his featured group he had a splitting headache.

    A week later, at the Honda Classic, Justin Thomas had a fan removed late in the final round.

    McIlroy believes the issue is part of a larger problem, as more events try to replicate the success of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which has one of the liveliest atmospheres on Tour.

    “It’s great for that tournament, it’s great for us, but golf is different than a football game, and there’s etiquette involved and you don’t want people to be put off from bringing their kids when people are shouting stuff out,” he said. “You want people to enjoy themselves, have a good day.”

    As for a solution, well, McIlroy isn’t quite sure.

    “It used to be you bring beers onto the course or buy beers, but not liquor,” he said. “And now it seems like everyone’s walking around with a cocktail. I don’t know whether (the solution) is to go back to letting people walking around with beers in their hands. That’s fine, but I don’t know.”

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    Confident Lincicome lurking after 54 holes at Founders

    By Randy SmithMarch 18, 2018, 2:45 am

    PHOENIX – Brittany Lincicome is farther back than she wanted to be going into Sunday at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, but she’s in a good place.

    She’s keeping the momentum of her season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic victory going this year.

    Her confidence is high.

    “Last year, I won in the Bahamas, but then I didn't do anything after that,” Lincicome said. “I don't even know if I had a top 10 after my win in the Bahamas. Obviously, this year, I want to be more consistent.”

    Lincicome followed up her victory in the Bahamas this year with a tie for seventh in her next start at the Honda LPGA Thailand. And now she’s right back on another leaderboard with the year’s first major championship just two weeks away. She is, by the way, a two-time winner at the ANA Inspiration.

    Missy Pederson, Lincicome’s caddie, is helping her player keep that momentum going with more focus on honing in the scoring clubs.

    “One of our major goals is being more consistent,” Pederson said. “She’s so talented, a once in a generation talent. I’m just trying to help out in how to best approach every golf course.”

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    Pederson has helped Lincicome identify the clubs they’re likely to attack most with on the particular course they are playing that week, to spend more time working with those clubs in practice. It’s building confidence.

    “I know the more greens we hit, and the more chances we give ourselves, the more our chances are to be in contention,” Pederson said. “Britt is not big into stats or details, so I have to figure out how to best consolidate that information, to get us exactly where we need to be.”

    Lincicome’s growing comfort with clubs she can attack with is helping her confidence through a round.

    “I’ve most noticed consistency in her mental game, being able to handle some of the hiccups that happen over the course of a round,” Pederson said. “Whereas before, something might get under her skin, where she might say, `That’s what always happens,’ now, it’s, `All right, I know I’m good enough to get this back.’ I try to get her in positions to hit the clubs we are really hitting well right now.”

    That’s leading to a lot more birdies, fewer bogeys and more appearances on leaderboards in the start to this year.