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Creamer longing to get in the fight

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Paula Creamer saw the signs greeting spectators like everyone else when she entered the front gates of Grand Cypress Golf Club for this week’s season-ending LPGA Tour Championship.

It highly motivated her.

The first sign asks a question: “Who’s going to be No. 1?”

And then there's a series of poster-size photos that spectators drive past.

There’s Jiyai Shin smiling with her index finger pointed skyward in a “No. 1” sign. A few yards past that, there’s a poster of Suzann Pettersen striking the same pose. Then there’s Cristie Kerr followed by Yani Tseng and Na Yeon Choi, all with index fingers aloft. They’ve all got a shot at leaving the Tour Championship with the No. 1 Rolex world ranking.

Creamer, the reigning U.S. Women’s Open, drove past those signs knowing her reconstructed thumb should be healed enough sometime early next season to help her get into that fight for No. 1.

“You drive in, you see the girls out there, it’s tough,” Creamer said. “That’s where I want to be. I want to be in that mix.

“I know that things happen for a reason, and I’m working hard. I’m going to push it this off season, and we’ll see what happens.”