Creamer still on the mend


Paula Creamer’s trip to Toledo, Ohio, to defend her title at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic included a visit Monday to see a hand and wrist specialist.

Creamer, who withdrew from the Wegmans LPGA Friday after injuring her left thumb during the second round, is hoping a few days of rest will be enough to allow her to play in important back-to-back events. She won the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic a year ago, beating Nicole Castrale by two shots for the seventh of her eight LPGA titles. She headed to the specialist Monday intending to try to defend her title with the tournament beginning Thursday. Creamer also is scheduled to tee it up next week at the U.S. Women’s Open at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa.

Creamer left Wegmans with her left hand wrapped in a bandage, unable to complete the second round. It’s been a difficult year physically for Creamer, who started the season with a mysterious stomach ailment, a problem she has endured since last fall. Though doctors never discovered the cause of the malady, she was just beginning to feel fit again before the thumb injury occurred.