Creamer hopes to end Americans' Asia drought


While Asians have flourished in LPGA events staged on U.S. soil the last decade, the same can’t be said for U.S.-born players trying to win on the tour’s Asian swing.

In fact, no U.S.-born player has won an LPGA event in the Far East since Juli Inkster won the Samsung World Championship in Seoul, South Korea, in 1997.

Since then, U.S.-born players are 0 for 36 trying to win LPGA tournaments in Asia.

With the tour in South Korea for the Hana Bank Championship this week, Paula Creamer is the best-positioned American to end the drought. Creamer is tied for fifth, opening Friday with a 4-under-par 68, leaving her three shots behind front-running Yani Tseng. Creamer is the only American among the top 15.

Creamer knows what it’s like to win in Asia. She claimed two titles on the Japanese LPGA Tour in 2005. Morgan Pressel, winner of the Japanese LPGA Tour’s Salonpas Cup in 2010, is tied for 45th.