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Digital Exclusives | May 08, 2018

Creamer thinks U.S. Women's Open site is 'awesome'

Paula Creamer didn’t meet Shoal Creek at its best on Monday but she loved what she sees coming. “I think it’s awesome. It’s different than any U.S. Women’s Open course we’ve played in the last four or five years.” The Bermuda grasses that make up the fairways and rough at Shoal Creek are thin for the championship test the USGA would like to create. “We had a long, harsh winter...The Bermuda grasses are about three weeks behind where they normally would be, but we feel like in 22 days we will produce the championship conditions the USGA wants." Creamer caught Shoal Creek in soft conditions Monday. She didn’t see the firm and fast conditions she believes the USGA is aiming for when play begins on May 31. “I believe the challenge will be in the course conditions, in the rough, the firmness of the greens and the run offs...The tee shots are fairly generous, but putting your ball in the right places is going to mean everything." “I’m going to assume they are going to try to make this as firm as they can. That’s the defense of the course.” Creamer believes firm-and-fast conditions will make the short game especially important. “I feel like I’m going to have great practice at home.”

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