Paula Creamer’s pro-am experience Wednesday at the Evian Masters in France was considerably better than Michelle Wie’s.
While Wie’s day ended miserably with treatment for heat exhaustion, Creamer’s was memorable with first class treatment in the company of a movie star.
“I played with Hugh Grant today,” Creamer wrote on her Twitter page. “It was a lot of fun. He was a very good golfer.”
Creamer, making her first start since winning the U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont, said in the Evian Masters media center that she’s glad she had last week off before returning to play.
“Emotionally, there's no way I could have played in another tournament,” Creamer said. “It was nice to get to go home and sleep in your own bed. You just lie there and think, `Oh, my goodness, U.S. Open champion.’ It's crazy.”
Physically, Creamer said she also couldn’t have played with her surgically reconstructed left thumb paying a price for the victory.
“My thumb was really swollen the whole week and it hurt a lot,” she said.
Creamer said she's strengthening the thumb in at least one unusual exercise. She sticks her hand in a bucket of rice in the LPGA traveling training center and squeezes the rice to strengthen the thumb and hand.
'It's called Paula's bucket,' she said.
Creamer will be making an appearance on the Grey Goose 19th hole tonight on Golf Channel (7 p.m. ET).