Creamer The bandage is nothing to worry about


RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Paula Creamer played the Kraft Nabisco pro-am Tuesday with a large bandage running up and down the outside of her lower right leg, but she says it looks a lot worse than it is.

“It’s more for protection,” Creamer said.

Creamer said a pinched nerve has affected the muscle above her right ankle. She said it developed with all her running on a treadmill. With stomach problems and a thumb plaguing her for two seasons, she said this is not serious and isn't affecting her game at all.

Creamer, who won her first major at the U.S. Open at Oakmont last summer, missed the Kraft Nabisco last year to undergo reconstructive left thumb surgery. It was the first major she missed in her career.

In six starts at the Kraft Nabisco, Creamer's best finish is a tie for 15th in '07.

'I feel good on this course,' Creamer said of the Dinah Shore layout. 'I am glad the rough is up. Hitting fairways is my strength.'