Miller Paula shouldve laid up


BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Paula Creamer wasn’t the only person questioning her decision to hit driver off the 10th tee Saturday. NBC commentator Johnny Miller, speaking candidly off the air following the third round, said Creamer should've laid up, just like playing partner Cristie Kerr did. Kerr made a par 4 while Creamer carded a disastrous triple-bogey 7 that all but knocked her out of contention for her first U.S. Women’s Open title.

“She shouldn’t have hit driver there because where the hole location was, no matter where she hit it, even in the rough in front of the green, she couldn’t reach the green,” said Miller. “That would’ve been a super hard shot. Where she hit it was even deader. So there’s nothing she could’ve done with a driver off the tee that would’ve been easier than laying it up.”

Creamer came into the hole staggering after three bogeys on the front nine, but still trailed Kerr by only three shots. Wanting to take advantage of the forward tee position on No. 10, which had been moved up to 253 yards to entice players to drive the green, Creamer hit driver rather than lay up to the fairway with an iron. What followed was a tragic sequence of errors.

After pulling her tee shot into a fairway bunker some 40 yards short and left of the green, she skulled her second shot over the green, thinned her third shot, fluffed her fourth and after pitching on 10 feet above the hole, two-putted for her 7.

“If I hit a good bunker shot there, then maybe we wouldn’t be sitting here talking about it,” a dejected Creamer said following her third-round 79, which dropped her from second into a tie for 17th. “Unfortunately, I hit a horrible bunker shot and if I could do it all over again I would probably lay it up.”