Golfs New It Girl


Paula Creamer'all 19 years old of her'talked the talk and walked the walk. The Americans beat the Europeans in the Solheim Cup Sunday just as she had predicted.
And Creamer was the star of the show.
Especially when she dismantled Europes most experienced warhorse'Laura Davies'in the Sunday singles.
The score was 7 and 5. And it wasnt that close. Creamer birdied six of her first nine holes to shoot a Solheim Cup record 30 on the front side. Then she birdied the 13th to close out one of the most one-sided, important match play matches in the history of big-time womens golf.
Her teammates responded in kind, winning all of the first five matches out on Sunday to emerge with a 15 to 12 team victory that brought the Solheim Cup back to the United States.
This was something of a passing of the torch and it was also the tip of the iceberg.
By the time these two teams reconvene in Sweden for the next Solheim Cup there is a good chance that two of Creamers teammates will be Morgan Pressel, now 17 and Michelle Wie, now 15.
This is not good news for the Europeans.
It wasnt all that long ago that everybody was ceaselessly wondering where the good young American talent was on the womens side. Well, now we know. Meanwhile, Europes three rookies managed just one point in the three days of Solheim competition.
The rest of the world may know more about Michelle Wie than it does about Paula Creamer. But inside the golf industry and community, Creamer is the new it girl.
Natalie Gulbis, still in her early 20s, isnt far behind. Gulbis won three big points for the Americans at Crooked Stick near Indianapolis, the site of these matches. And it looks like it will be just a matter of time before she breaks through and wins for the first time on the LPGA.
So first-time captain Nancy Lopez should be praised for bringing together a group of diverse talents.
And the Europeans should be praised for their grace in defeat. Both the European men (in Ryder Cups) and women know how to take it on the chin and come up smiling. This is not always the case on our side of the pond.
Somebody once said'very wrongheadedly'show me a good loser and Ill show you a loser. The obvious flaw in the logic here is that if you show me a bad loser, Ill show you a loser, too.
So if you have to lose, you best do it with good sportsmanship. The Europeans get this. Which makes them, in my mind, not losers but simply the team that finished second this time.
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