Creamer digests winning formula


BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Some restaurants serve up more than good food.

Some serve up formulas for winning major championships.

Paula Creamer said she ran into Rosie Jones, the 13-time LPGA winner, at a restaurant in Bethlehem, Pa., on the eve of the U.S. Women’s Open and they got into a discussion about major championship strategies. Jones told Creamer that three-time U.S. Women’s Open winner Hollis Stacy had a specific formula. Stacy said winning majors was all about two-putting.

Creamer’s following the formula in her move to third place through two rounds at Saucon Valley Country Club’s Old Course. Creamer buried several clutch putts Friday, many of them to save pars, in a round of 3-under-par 68. After enduring two three-putts in the first round, Creamer avoided them Friday, finishing her round with 25 putts, six fewer than the first round. She closed her round with a terrific 35-foot birdie at the 18th hole that broke at least 9 feet.