LPGAs Lid-Lifter Set in Hawaii


2006 SBS OpenKAKUKU, Hawaii -- Last year, a 20-year-old Paula Creamer was starting her third year on the LPGA after a sophomore season that left her with 14 top-10 finishes, but no wins. Her winless streak came to an abrupt halt with her third career LPGA Tour victory at the season-opening 2007 SBS Open at Turtle Bay.
Creamer leads this year's field of 138 players back to the Turtle Bay Resort to compete for the $1.1 million purse, with the winner banking $165,000. The tide of momentum for Creamer is in her favor as she closed out 2007 with eight consecutive top-12 finishes, including a fourth career victory at The Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions in November.
Mastering the Arnold Palmer Course at Turtle Bay is a feat made more challenging with the island winds. But Creamer did so with rounds of 67-70-70 for a 9-under-par 207 performance that edged out Julieta Granada, of Paraguay, by one stroke.
Of the top-10 on the season-ending 2007 LPGA Official Money List, eight are in this week's field, many of whom are among 15 of last year's individual tournament champions starting their season. And, for the first time in the event's four-year history, Annika Sorenstam will be starting her LPGA season in February at Turtle Bay Resort.
With the official 2008 LPGA Tour season underway, it also marks the start of LPGA Playoffs 2008. Players will once again compete for ADT Points in their quest to secure one of 32 positions in the season-ending, $1 million ADT Championship, Nov. 20-23, 2008. The past two years, Creamer has qualified via LPGA Playoffs 2008 and ADT Points, finishing eighth in 2006 and third in 2007.
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