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Creamer sticking with swing changes despite MC

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DALY CITY, Calif. – Paula Creamer is disappointed she won’t play the weekend at the Swinging Skirts Classic, but she’s going to enjoy her time back home in Northern California anyway.

Following an opening round 82 with a 78 Friday, Creamer missed the cut for just the ninth time in her 11-year career, and the first time this season. The 82 was her highest score in an LPGA event.

Creamer, struggling through some swing and equipment changes, grew up in Pleasanton, about 40 miles east of Lake Merced Golf Club. She had a lot of family and friends following her this week.

“It’s unfortunate I’m not going to be here this weekend,” Creamer said. “It would have meant a lot to me to play well here. Everyone knows that, but I’m going to go see family and visit and take it easy.”

Creamer said she will stay in the area this weekend before heading off next week to play the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout. She’s working through swing changes designed to gain her more distance, changes that have led to struggles the 10-time LPGA winner hasn’t had to deal with before in her career. She has slipped to No. 27 in the Rolex world rankings, her lowest position since the rankings debuted in 2006.

“It’s frustrating at times, but the great thing is I look over there and there’s about 35, 40 of my family and friends who are there waiting for me,” Creamer said. “That’s pretty cool.”

Creamer said she’s committed to making the swing changes work and will be back at it next week.