PINEHURST, N.C. – Paula Creamer is the last American to win the U.S. Women’s Open, and she is quietly positioning herself for a weekend run at becoming the next to win it.
With a 2-over-par 72 Friday, Creamer is among the top 10, six shots off the lead.
“I'm a little heated about missing that par save on the last hole, but that's only going to motivate me more,” Creamer said. “I'm not taking it as a negative. I'm definitely taking it as a positive going into the weekend. Hopefully, I'm not too far back going in on Saturday, but there's just so much golf left.”
Creamer won the U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont in 2010. No American has won the championship since, with South Koreans claiming five of the last six.
With a birdie at the first and a double bogey at the second Friday, Creamer was tested early. She hit just 10 greens but scrambled nicely.
“We grinded,” said Creamer, 27. “Even in the morning, this golf course plays hard. I don't care what they say, if it's softer greens or not, there's just so many numbers going on. After you finish, your brain is like, `OK, let's go rest,’ that kind of thing. But that's a U.S. Open golf course, and that's what I want, and I feel like that's going to be a big positive in strength for me going into the weekend.”