Creamer rebounds for 71


BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Before tapping in for double bogey on the par-4 3rd hole Thursday, Paula Creamer walked to the back of the green, stared up into the trees at Saucon Valley Country Club for about a minute, and tried to collect herself. The double bogey, coming on the heels of a bogey on the previous hole, moved Creamer to 3 over par and threatened to seriously derail her pursuit of her first U.S. Women’s Open championship.

Creamer, however, steadied herself with a birdie on the par-3 4th hole and another on the par-5 6th to shoot 1 over par. Creamer had a golden chance to get back to even par with a birdie on No. 7 after hitting a 7-wood from 200 yards to 2-1/2 feet. But Creamer read too much break and missed the putt to the right side of the hole.

Still, considering she hadn’t played a competitive round of golf in two weeks because of an injured left thumb which required two cortisone shots last week, Creamer was very pleased with a 71.

'I have to look at it as I shot 1-over,' said Creamer. 'I had some good shots, I had some not-so-smart decisions. But overall, I'll take where I'm at.'

If not for an errant approach shot on No. 3, Creamer could have easily been in red numbers. Her 8-iron from 124 yards “didn’t come out the way we wanted it,” said caddie Colin Cann, hit the front edge of the green and tumbled back into Saucon Creek. After dropping in the first cut of rough behind the drop-zone area to take some spin off the ball, she hit her fourth shot about 25 feet above the hole and missed the putt for her double bogey.