Creamer's improved putting closes gap at U.S. Open

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KOHLER, Wis. – Paula Creamer putted into the darkness on the Blackwolf Run practice green at the U.S. Women’s Open Friday evening, working until there was no light left to putt.

Creamer’s extra effort helped her turn in her best round Saturday of the tournament.

With a 1-under 71, Creamer made a nice move despite a disappointing bogey at the finish. She was T-28 starting the day but up to T-11 when she signed her scorecard.

“It’s just a confidence thing, and, obviously, you can look at my stats, my putting has been an issue,” said Creamer, winner of the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open. “I've hit the ball great. I've given myself so many opportunities.”

Creamer took 34 putts in the first round, 33 in the second round. She took 26 putts on Saturday.

Creamer ranks 78th among LPGA pros in putting average this year. She was 81st last year. She was 33rd in ’10 when she won the Open, her last LPGA title.