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Paula Creamer looking forward to playing at Saucon
Home: Pleasanton, Calif.
Career LPGA victories: 8
Best U.S. Women's Open finish: Tied for 6th in 2008
About Creamer: Turned pro in 2005 and, four days before high school graduation, became the youngest winner (18 years, 9 months, 17 days) of a multiround LPGA event at the Sybase Classic. Â
Won four events in 2008, when she reached $5 million in career earnings faster than any player in LPGA history. Â
Has struggled with a stomach ailment since November 2008, which remains undiagnosed. Â
Participating in U.S. Women's Open Adopt-a-Player program; has invited her student adoptees to watch her throw out the first pitch at the July 6 Phillies game during Women's Open week.
How is 2009 going? It has been difficult with , and that's up in the air right now. Doctors don't know. They've done biopsies and tests and can't figure it out. I went off the medication last week, so we'll see how it goes.
What do you know about Saucon Valley? It's difficult to say, because I haven't seen the course yet. I like the Northeast courses, though. Fairways are narrow, small greens, that's what I grew up on. I play my best golf on those kinds of golf courses.
What does it take to win the Women's Open? It takes four days. It takes patience and who makes pars. Most of the time, the pin placements are hard, the courses are difficult, and you have to go out and play within yourself. The biggest thing for me the last couple of years is realizing that 25-under par will not win the Women's Open. I'm starting to learn that.
Who are the favorites? You can't talk about favorites. It's just whoever is playing well at the time.
-- Mark Wogenrich