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Americans on an LPGA resurgence

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OAKMONT, Pa. – Paula Creamer vaulted back into the top 10 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings with her victory Sunday at the U.S. Women’s Open.

Creamer, 23, jumped six spots to No. 7.

With Cristie Kerr at No. 1 for a third consecutive week and a mending Creamer back on the rise, Americans are enjoying a resurgence. Kerr’s record 12-shot victory at the LPGA Championship two weeks ago and Creamer’s inspiring triumph at brutish Oakmont are a boost to American women, who have been much scrutinized for their failures the last two seasons.

“It's great to see another American win,” Kerr said. “I think we can all finally stop answering, `When are the Americans going to come up to the challenge?’ Because winning the last two majors is pretty impressive.”

It marked the first time Americans have won back-to-back majors in the same season in 11 years. After winning just one LPGA event in more than a year, Americans have claimed three of the last five events.

“It’s huge,” said Christina Kim, who tied for eighth on Sunday and tied for second last week at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. “Everyone has always been talking about the Asian Invasion and saying there aren't enough good American players. I think at the LPGA Championship, with Cristie annihilating the rest of field, as well as Paula winning here, it's a huge testament to how the Americans are playing.”