Creamer eager for new centerpiece


ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Paula Creamer didn’t like boxing up her U.S. Women’s Open trophy a couple weeks ago.

She didn’t like sending it back to the U.S. Golf Association after enjoying it as the centerpiece on her kitchen table for nearly a year.

She came out Thursday at the Wegmans LPGA Championship looking eager to replace it with another major championship trophy.

With a 5-under 67, Creamer matched her lowest score in seven LPGA Championship appearances. She moved into second place with the completion of the morning wave, one shot behind Yani Tseng.

The LPGA Championship trophy was prominently displayed at the first tee for the start at Locust Hill Country Club.

“I’ve always wanted to play well here and win here, but it’s only Thursday,” Creamer said. “I've got a lot of golf left.'

Creamer has three top 10s in the LPGA Championship, her best finish coming in her debut in ’05 at Bulle Rock, where she finished tied for third.

Thursday’s 67 was Creamer’s best score to open a major. She closed her round sticking a 7-iron to a foot-and-a-half to set up birdie.

'Normally, I kind of shoot myself in the foot the first day, putting pressure on myself wanting to do well,' Creamer said. 'It's nice to be on the other side going into tomorrow. I just need to  keep it going.'

It’s a long week already for Creamer, who's after her second major championship title, but she says she’s feeling strong. She played 36 holes at the CVS Caremark Charity Classic on Monday and Tuesday, teaming with Brandt Snedeker to finish sixth.

“Warming up today, it felt like it was the third round or fourth round because of the tournament Monday and Tuesday,” Creamer said. “I feel very competitive. I don’t think endurance is a problem.”