Creamer now veteran, talks playing Solheim with Mallon


PARKER, Colo. – Paula Creamer’s first Solheim Cup was Meg Mallon’s last.

Creamer remembers 2005 at Crooked Stick well. She was a 19-year-old newbie on a team with heralded stalwarts like Mallon, Juli Inkster, Rosie Jones and Beth Daniel. The Americans won that cup, although Mallon ended up in the hospital afterward because of a racing heartbeat that nearly reached 300 beats per minute.

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“I was the baby there with all those veterans,” Creamer said Wednesday at Colorado Golf Club.

Creamer now gets to play for Mallon. Ironically, Creamer is only 3 points behind Mallon on the all-time U.S. Solheim Cup points list and could pass her captain with a good week in the Mile High City. Inkster tops the American list with 18 1/2 points. Mallon has 16 1/2 and Creamer has 13 1/2.

“Now to have her as a captain is awesome,” Creamer said. “She kills you with kindness.”

Creamer has a little extra motivation this year. It’s her fifth Solheim Cup appearance and she’s collected an impressive 11-3-5 record, but her last taste of cup competition did not go so well.

She was sent out first in Sunday singles two years ago in Ireland and lost badly to Catriona Matthew. That loss set the tone for the day, which ended in a European victory.

“You win, you lose all the time, but I just didn’t have my A game that day and Beanie (Matthew) played awesome and I felt like I let my team down,” Creamer said. “Being out first in singles you have the lead job and that’s to get that point up there as soon as you can.

“I’m ready to do that this week.”