Paula Creamer looking for healthy rebound at Samsung

By Associated PressSeptember 17, 2009, 2:05 am
2006 Samsung World Championship SAN DIEGO –  Paula Creamer is sick of being sick, so it would make her feel pretty good if she can defend her title in the Samsung World Championship starting Thursday at Torrey Pines.

Creamer battled a mystery illness most of the year and is still looking for her first win of 2009. She said her energy levels are returning to normal and she’s getting her distance back.

Still, she’s a little bit wary. She got sick after going to Mexico in November for the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Doctors did test after test and she was on medication.

“They still have no idea what was wrong with me, which is a scary thought knowing that it could come back,” Creamer said.

She also had a thumb injury.

“This has been one of my hardest years, because it’s something I can’t really control. I can’t make it better,” she said. “There was nothing that I could do because we didn’t know what was wrong. It was, ‘How can I put a Band-Aid on this as soon as I can?’ We took every precaution that I needed to, but not only that, but my thumb injury. I felt I was getting better, and something else popped up.

“I called it my year of building my character out here because it’s been hard. I want to win. I want to be able to compete every week. Golf is hard enough as it is feeling good, feeling prepared. But when you’re not feeling prepared, it was very difficult. But I’m glad that I’m going in the right direction.”

She played well in the Solheim Cup in late August, helping the United States beat Europe.

“That was a big week for me, emotionally, to know I can still go out and compete and put pressure on people,” she said.

When Creamer beat Song-Hee Kim by a stroke to win the elite 20-player Samsung World Championship last year, it was Half Moon Bay in Northern California.

To repeat as champion, she’ll have to play well on the tough Torrey Pines South Course, the site of Tiger Woods’ 2008 U.S. Open victory. The yardage for this tournament is 6,721.

“I’m excited to be here. Torrey Pines is a great golf course,” she said. “Samsung is a wonderful event for us. We view it as one of our top tournaments, we view it as one of our best tournaments that we play in, as to the field. You can’t get any better than that. That’s what you want to go against, that’s what you want to win against.”

“It is exciting, it is different. I loved Half Moon Bay, but I’m going to have to love it more here.”

No. 1 Ochoa tops the field along with Creamer and South Korea’s Jiyai Shin, who won the NW Arkansas Championship last week for her tour-leading third victory of the year.

Also in the field are 2009 major winners Brittany Lincicome, Anna Nordqvist, Eun-Hee Ji and Catriona Matthew. Three-time winner Juli Inkster received an exemption.

This is the LPGA's first stop in San Diego since 1993 and the first at Torrey Pines since the 1983 Inamori Classic.

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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.


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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.


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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”