Creamer Ailing But Playing

By Randall MellMay 1, 2009, 4:00 pm
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LPGA Tour _newSomethings still not right with eight-time LPGA winner Paula Creamer as she prepares to embark on another international trip.
 
Five months after she first began experiencing stomach problems, Creamer remains uncertain whats causing the recurring malady as she readies herself to compete next week in the Salonpas Cup in Tokyo, the Japanese LPGA Tours first major championship of the year.
 
While Creamer, 22, reports feeling better and her strength returning the last couple weeks, the ailment has had an almost a cyclical nature to it, recurring when she seems to be on the road to recovery.
 
I just dont feel like myself, Creamer said.
 
Creamer has made six LPGA starts this season with her best performances back-to-back third-place finishes, but she hasnt been at full strength all year.
 
The origin of the malady, which causes vomiting, weight loss and weakness when it strikes, remains a mystery despite the recent work of medical specialists.
 
Upon Creamers return to her Windermere, Fla., home after the Kraft Nabisco Championship three weeks ago, she saw Dr. William Ruderman, a gastroenterologist recommended to the Creamer family by Arnold Palmers medical team. Ruderman put Creamer through a thorough battery of tests that included X-rays, MRIs and biopsies of organs through the digestive tract.
 
Everythings come up normal, her father, Paul Creamer, said Thursday night.
 
The medical staff has ruled out Crohns Disease, Celiac Disease, tumors and other possible causes. Creamer was concerned that with all of her international travel, she may have picked up a parasite, but tests havent uncovered such a problem. Shes being treated with antibiotics.
 
'Although we have no definite diagnosis, I am looking forward to my trip to Japan, Creamer said in an e-mail exchange Friday. I am getting stronger everyday and hopefully I will not have anymore setbacks. I look forward to getting back to 100%, off medication and playing my best.'
 
While the familys relieved certain serious possibilities are being ruled out, theres frustration not knowing the cause of the illness.
 
In the last (five) months, Paulas been sick more than she has her entire life, Paul Creamer said. Shes a pretty tough kid.
 
That Creamer has missed just one start this season speaks to her determination to play through the problem. While she leads the tour in greens in regulation, her driving distance average is down slightly and her scoring average is up almost a full stroke from last year. Strengths an issue with a loss of muscle mass occurring over the past five months. Creamers encouraged, though, that shes feeling strong enough to begin resuming some of the physical workout regimens shes had to abandon.
 
Creamer was first stricken at the season-ending ADT Championship in November. She was hospitalized the night before the final round and treated for peritonitis but returned to finish. She withdrew from the J Golf Phoenix event in late March with stomach problems and arrived for the Kraft Nabisco Championship reporting she had lost seven pounds while unable to keep food down in Phoenix. She played through stomach problems at the SBS Open in February and the HSBC Womens Championship in March.
 
We are very happy with the medical care shes getting, and we have every confidence theyll get to the bottom of this, Paul Creamer said.
 
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DJ triples last hole, opens with 76 at Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 6:18 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Dustin Johnson’s chances of winning The Open are likely already over.

The world No. 1 hit his tee shot out of bounds on 18 on his way to a triple bogey, capping a miserable day that left him with a 5-over 76, 10 shots off the lead and in danger of missing the cut.

Johnson didn’t talk to reporters afterward, but there wasn’t much to discuss.

He didn’t make a birdie until the par-5 14th, bogeyed 16 and then made 7 on Carnoustie's home hole when his tee shot caromed out of bounds left.

Johnson has missed the cut only once in nine previous appearances at The Open – in his first try in 2009.

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'The Golf Club 2019' adds Elvy to commentary team

By Nick MentaJuly 19, 2018, 4:45 pm

“The Golf Club 2019” is adding a new name to its commentary team.

Broadcaster Luke Elvy will join returning announcer and HB Studios developer John McCarthy for the title's third installment.

Golf fans will recognize Elvy from his recent work with CBS in addition to his time with Sky Sports, FOX Sports, TNT, PGA Tour Live and PGA Tour Radio.

A 25-year media veteran from Australia, he now works in the United States and lives with his family in Canada.

"Ian Baker-Finch was my right-hand man on Australian televison," Elvy told GolfChannel.com in an interview at the Quicken Loans National. "And Finchy said to me, 'What are you doing here? You should be with me in the States.’ He introduced me to a few people over here and that's how the transition has happened over the last five or six years."

Elvy didn't have any prior relationship with HB Studios, who reached out to him via his management at CAA. As for why he got the job, he pseudo-jokes: "They heard the accent, and said, 'We like that. That works for us. Let's go.' That's literally how it happened."

He participated in two separate recording sessions over three days, first at his home back in February and then at the HB Studios shortly after The Players Championship. He teased his involvement when the game was announced in May.

Although he doesn't describe himself as a "gamer," Elvy lauded the game's immediate playability, even for a novice.

“It’s exactly how you’d want golf to be,” he said.

"The Golf Club 2019" will be the first in the HB series to feature PGA Tour branding. The Tour had previously licensed its video game rights to EA Sports.

In addition to a career mode that will take players from the Web.com Tour all the way through the FedExCup Playoffs, "The Golf Club 2019" will also feature at launch replicas of six TPC courses played annually on Tour – TPC Summerlin (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course (Waste Management Phoenix Open), TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course (The Players Championship), TPC Southwind (FedEx St. Jude Classic/WGC-FedEx St. Jude Championship), TPC Deere Run (John Deere Classic), and TPC Boston (Dell Technologies Championship).

“I played nine holes at Scottsdale,” Elvy added. “It’s a very close comparison. Visually, it’s very realistic."

The Golf Club 2019 is due out this August on PlayStation 4, XBOX One, and PC.

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Expired visa, helicopter, odd clubs all part of Vegas' journey

By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 3:48 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jhonattan Vegas thought someone was playing a practical joke on him.

Or maybe he was stuck in the middle of a horror movie.

Scheduled to leave for The Open a week ago, he didn’t arrive at Carnoustie until a little more than an hour before his first-round tee time Thursday.

“Even if somebody tried to do that on purpose,” he said, “you couldn’t really do it.”

The problem was an expired visa.

Vegas said that he must have gotten confused by the transposed date on the visa – “Guessing I’ve been living in America too long” – and assumed that he was cleared to travel.

No problem, he was told. He’d have a new visa in 24 hours.


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Except the consulate in New York didn’t respond to his application the next day, keeping him in limbo through the weekend. Then, on Monday, he was told that he’d applied for the wrong visa. UPS got shut down in New York and his visa never left, so Vegas waited in vain for seven hours in front of the consulate in Houston. He finally secured his visa on Wednesday morning, boarded a flight from Houston to Toronto, and then flew to Glasgow, the final leg of a 14-hour journey.

His agent arranged a helicopter ride from Glasgow to Carnoustie to ensure that he could make his 10:31 a.m. (local) tee time.

One more issue? His clubs never made it. They were left back in Toronto.

His caddie, Ruben Yorio, scrambled to put together a new bag, with a mismatched set of woods, irons, wedges and putter.

“Luckily the (equipment) vans are still here,” Vegas said. “Otherwise I probably would have played with members’ clubs today.”

He hit about 20 balls on the range – “Luckily they were going forward” – but Carnoustie is one of the most challenging links in the world, and Vegas was working off of two hours’ sleep and without his own custom-built clubs. He shot 76 but, hey, at least he tried.

“It was fun,” he said, “even though the journey was frustrating.”

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'Brain fart' leads to Spieth's late collapse

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The closing stretch at Carnoustie has famously ruined many a solid round, so Jordan Spieth’s misadventures on Thursday should not have been a complete surprise, but the truth is the defending champion’s miscues were very much self-inflicted.

Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.

“The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”


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Spieth continued to compound his problems with a sloppy bogey at the 16th hole, and a drive that sailed left at 18 found the Barry Burn en route to a closing bogey and a 1-over 72.

The miscues were more mental, a lack of execution, than they were an example of how difficult the closing stretch at Carnoustie can be, and that’s not good enough for Spieth.

“That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”