OAKMONT, Pa. – Paula Creamer wouldn’t be seduced by another short par 4.
At least not in the first round of this year’s U.S. Women’s Open.
At the 17th hole Thursday morning at Oakmont, Creamer teed off with what looked like a 5-iron. The hole’s playing 255 yards today. She then hit wedge to 25 feet and two putted for par.
Creamer played herself out of contention at last year’s U.S. Women’s Open trying to drive the short par-4 10th hole at Saucon Valley. She got hung up in the mean greenside bunkers there and made triple-bogey 7 on her way to a 79.
Creamer, seeking her first major championship title, is in the grouping today with Angela Stanford and Suzann Pettersen, both of whom hit drivers at the 17th, just missing the green and making pars. Pettersen missed a 3-footer for what would have been her third consecutive birdie.
Creamer, Stanford and Pettersen are all off to strong starts together. Creamer made birdie at her 10th hole (No. 1), moving her onto the leaderboard, one shot off the lead at 1-under. Stanford is at even par with Pettersen at 1-over through 10 holes.