Juli Inkster and Paula Creamer are dynamic dominant

By Jay CoffinAugust 21, 2009, 4:00 pm
2009 Solheim CupSUGAR GROVE, Ill. ' The U.S. Solheim Cup team dug deep late Friday here in suburban Chicago and found a winning formula that produced a one-point lead heading into Day 2.
 
The two key ingredients of that formula: Paula Creamer and Juli Inkster.
 
The Americans dynamic duo is invincible in Solheim Cup foursomes. Theyre a perfect 3-0 now in the alternate-shot format having won once in 2005, 2007 and now this year, a 2-and-1 victory over Europes Scottish pair of Catriona Matthew and Janice Moodie. (They have a combined 3-1-1 overall record together; Creamer is 3-0-2 in five career foursomes matches.)
 
Juli Inkster and Paula Creamer
Juli Inkster and Paula Creamer celebrate a victory at the Solheim Cup Friday. (Getty Images)
This version at Rich Harvest Farms wont go down in history as their best performance, but it could be considered their grittiest. They were even par when the match ended on 17, which is insignificant only because of the victory, but they did struggle at times, mostly with Inksters putting and precision off the tee.
 
Creamer, 23, and Inkster, 49, were 3 up after Inkster hit an approach on the 12th to kick-in range. But they found difficulty on the 13th and 14th holes, made bogey on both, and coughed up a big portion of what once looked like an insurmountable lead. But Inkster, still on of the best players on the LPGA with a wedge in her hand, chipped her third shot to a foot on the 15th and they moved back to 2 up.
 
Inkster hit a wayward tee shot on the 17th hole, Creamer punched out short of the water, Inkster hit wedge to 25 feet then Creamer drained the par putt to end the match.
 
Its pretty easy to ride a stallion, Inkster said. I just kind of go out there and say giddy-up and she goes.
 
Despite a 25-year age difference, this pairing works for so many reasons. For starters, Creamer idolized Inkster while growing up in California. They both have a similar personality, similar games, the same desire, work ethic and a competitive fire burning within that despises losing.
 
She reminds me a lot of me when I was her age, Inkster said. But I never wore the heels she wears.
 
Creamer began her Solheim Cup career, oddly enough, partnering with this years U.S. captain Beth Daniel in 2005 at Crooked Stick in Indiana. The Americans halved that foursomes match against Carin Koch and Catriona Matthew. Later that afternoon, Creamer joined with Inkster in fourball and lost, 4 and 3, to Laura Davies and Suzann Pettersen.
 
Since that match, Creamer has never lost at the Solheim Cup.
 
She and Inkster smoked Davies and Maria Hjorth on Day 2 at Crooked Stick, they defeated Davies and Becky Brewerton the first day in Sweden two years ago then halved with Pettersen and Sophie Gustafson the next day.
 
After going 2-0 Friday Creamers career Solheim Cup record is 7-1-4.
 
Its ironic that their latest point together pushed Inkster to the top of the list as highest point earners in the history of the U.S. Solheim Cup team. Although Inkster hopes to add to her total with more victories this week, she knows one day that her record will be shattered. And she has a pretty good idea who is likely to break it.
 
Records are made to be broken, Inkster said. And Ill be here to see it.
 
Creamers fast rise in this competition can be attributed to great play, but also a blossoming relationship with Inkster, who essentially has been her big sister and showed her the ropes over the years. Theyve been through a lot together in a relatively short time and they dont know how many more of these matches theyll play together now that Inkster is quickly approaching 50.
 
Juli has always been my partner, Creamer said. We get along really well out on the golf course. We know how to talk to each to each other. I know Jules is trying just as hard as I am out there, but at the same time, I know when she needs a little push, and I know when shes kind of trying to rein me back in.
 
I look up to Juli, and I never want to let her down.
 
So far, so good.
 
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    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 8:30 am

    You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

    Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

    In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.  

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    Monday, July 16

    GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

    GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

    GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Tuesday, July 17

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Wednesday, July 18

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Thursday, July 19

    GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

    GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Friday, July 20

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    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Saturday, July 21

    GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Sunday, July 22

    GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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    Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

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    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

    8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

    9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

    10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

    10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

    10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

    10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

    10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

    11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson