Creamer gets confidence boost from 7-under 64

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Paula Creamer has been saying she's closer to a return to form than her results have shown.

With a 7-under-par 64 Saturday at the Sime Darby Malaysia, Creamer posted her best round in two and a half years.

Posting the low round of the day, Creamer climbed into a tie for 15th, seven shots off the lead at TPC Kuala Lumpur.

“The last two days, I played pretty good,” Creamer said. “The first day I had a triple [bogey] on my last hole and yesterday I had a double. So if you take those two things away, I'd be pretty much right in the mix of things, and I know that. I've been playing well and putting well and my short game is on point. It's just putting them all together. Hopefully, I can do it tomorrow.”

Creamer got off to a good start this season after hiring Gary Gilchrist as her new swing coach. She tied for fifth at the season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas and tied for fourth a month later at the Founders Cup. She hasn’t finished among the top 30 in an event since. Over her last 13 starts, she has missed seven cuts.

Through the summer, Creamer’s efforts weren’t helped by a nagging left wrist injury. She told Golf Channel at the Manulife Classic in September that she was playing through a lot of pain. She needed cortisone shots before that event.

“I've said it a lot,” Creamer said. “I look a lot farther away than what I really am, and that's golf. I've been working really hard with my coach, Gary, and we've made a lot of changes this year. It's just a matter of putting them all together, and today was a great confidence booster.”