Paula Creamer’s sizzling finish moved her into a seven-way tie for the lead Thursday at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic in the LPGA’s season opener.
Creamer birdied her 15th and 16th holes and eagled the 17th to shoot a 5-under-par 68.
It’s her first lead after any round of an LPGA event since the first round of the Kia Classic nearly two years ago. Creamer won the HSBC Champions early in 2014, the last of her 10 LPGA titles. A major champion and six-time U.S. Solheim Cup team member, Creamer has battled through some swing changes and equipment issues much of the last two seasons. She’s looking to bounce back from a fall to 47th on the LPGA money list last year, her highest finish in her 11 full seasons on tour.
Creamer, who will turn 30 in August, said she likes the work she did getting ready for this season.
“I have worked really hard,” Creamer said. “I'm really enjoying the game. I'm enjoying practicing. I'm in a really good place, and I hope I can keep it going. I know I can, and we have a really good plan, my team and I.”