Creamer (79) plays last LPGA round before wedding

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NAPLES, Fla. – Paula Creamer didn’t need to be reminded Sunday that she was teeing it up for the last time as a single woman in an LPGA event.

She heard it at breakfast, on the range and on the way to the first tee at the CME Group Tour Championship.

She’s been hearing it from fellow players all week.

Creamer, 28, is scheduled to marry Derek Heath, a pilot from Newport Beach, Calif., in the middle of December.

“I’m really excited for this next chapter of my life,” Creamer said after Sunday’s round. “I’m ready to settle down.”

Creamer wasn’t particularly excited about signing for a 79 in her final round as a single woman in an LPGA event, though. With the wedding approaching in a few weeks, there has been a lot on her mind, a lot to juggle in her professional and personal life. If anything, though, that disappointing finish left her motivated to return to the tour as a very competitive married woman.

Though Creamer started the year with a victory and two T-3s in her first four starts, she cooled off, with her seventh place finish at the Evian Championship in September her only other top 10 the rest of the season.

“I’m truly beyond excited for this next chapter of my life, but I’m probably the most motivated that I’ve ever been,” Creamer said. “My life is changing, but it doesn’t necessarily mean my golf is going to change. Derek is such a big supporter of what I want to do. He knows my goals and my dreams, and he knows I’ve been struggling with the way I’ve been playing and that I’m just not pleased with it. He’s definitely been there for me, and he knows I’ll be working my butt off this season.”