Stanford this spring and a series of
food allergies that have left her looking thin. The on-course performance
has been shocking. Despite that 158
on the weekend, Wie’s T-35 finish at
Blackwolf Run was her best finish in a
year in which she has missed the cut
in six of her 11 starts. Next up will be
the Evian Masters.
“I’m really looking forward to the
next tournament, and there’s a lot of
positives to take from this week and a
lot of things I’m going to learn from,”
Wie said. “I’ll have a nice two-week
break. I think I’m going to need a little
break after this week.” —Ron Sirak
Blackwolf Run is no
haven for americans
�� When Paula Creamer finished as
the low American two years ago in the
U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont CC, it
genuinely meant something. After all,
she won the championship.
Last week at Blackwolf Run,
Creamer saved par on the 72nd hole
to again lead the U.S. contingent.
That she finished T- 7 and 10 strokes
behind winner Na Yeon Choi of South
Korea means something, too, though
not of a redeeming nature.
With a closing 74 and 291 total,
Creamer had to dig deep to find
any consolation in a winless streak
that stretched to 43 starts since her
breakthrough at Oakmont, where she
posted the only sub-par total and won
by four shots over Choi and Suzann
“My No. 1 goal is always to be the top
American,” said Creamer, 25, who has
slipped to 13th in the Rolex Rankings
and is third behind Stacy Lewis and
Cristie Kerr among Americans. “That’s
a realistic goal right now. Yani is so far
ahead in the Rolex Rankings, and for
me to be the No. 1 American just in gen-
eral is always a goal of mine. So yes, I
think that’s a big thing. Overall, seventh
place is a pretty good week.”
Creamer was among several
Americans lingering on the leader
board after 36 holes. Not one of them
posted an aggregate score under par
in the final two rounds, and only Kerr
and Nicole Castrale joined Creamer in
hanging on for the top-10, finishing T- 9.
Creamer was the lone player with even
“The name of the Lord is invoked
many more times on a Sunday on
a golf course than it is in church.
It’s His fault really. I firmly believe
the game was invented by the
Irish and given to the Scots as a
joke, and they took it seriously.”
during his comedy act, “The World
According to David Feherty,” at
Montreal’s Rialto Theater July 2.
“Sometimes [oversleeping] is
a good thing. You don’t have
time to think about stuff.”
who held the second-round lead
at the U.S. Women’s Open, despite
oversleeping and having to
skip breakfast in order to make
her tee time.
“This tournament has been a
curse for me the last few times
I’ve played it.”
who misstepped while walking
to the first tee during the French
Open. He strained his groin and
tweaked his right knee. Two years
ago he ruptured his plantaris
muscle at the same event.
one sub-par effort, a third-round 71.
Creamer’s struggles emanated
from her putting, as they have for
longer than she’d care to discuss. The
stats reflect her inability to score.
Creamer ranked T- 4 in fairways hit
and T-10 in greens in regulation. But
she needed 122 putts over 72 holes,
T-37 among the 65 players who made
the cut. Her eight birdies were fewest
among the top 20 finishers.
“Obviously, I’m a little frustrated
with things,” she said, perhaps speaking for American golfers in general.
“I think about it every day. I feel I’m
so much better than what my scores
show, but that’s golf. I don’t get quite
out of my game what I wish I could get
out of my game,” Creamer added. “It’s
a learning process, and right now we’re
going over some hurdles, and it’s only
making me stronger, it’s only making
me tougher. It’s unfortunate that I
“I’ve never missed a cut in
a tournament, and I would
be kind of gutted if I did it
at the U.S. Open. It’s better
experience if you play on the
15-year-old South Korean who
lives in Ne w Zealand, and was,
at T- 39, the low amateur at the
U.S. Women’s Open.
“My golf game has improved,
but the score has not improved.
I still can’t even break 90. It
makes me sort of mad.”
legendary college football coach,
now 82, who retired from Florida
State in 2010.
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