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PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Paula Creamer left the scoring hut with her left thumb wrapped in ice after a 1-under-par 71 in the opening round of the LPGA Championship.

It’s standard procedure until the thumb is healed from reconstructive surgery on a ligament 11 weeks ago.

“With the rain, it kind of ached all day,” Creamer said.

Creamer, 23, an eight-time LPGA winner seeking to win her first major, managed to lessen the beating on the thumb by hitting all but one fairway. She said knock down shots into the winds here don’t feel so good, though. Neither did the four putt at the 12th hole for a double bogey. Still, with nobody running away, she’s one good round from being in contention.