2008 U.S. Women's Open

 

PAULA CREAMER

Birthdate: August 5, 1986

Birthplace: Mountain View, Calif.

Age: 21 Ht.: 5'9"

Home: Pleasanton, Calif.

Turned Professional: 2004

Joined LPGA Tour: 2005

LPGA Tour Victories: 6 - 2005 Sybase Classic, Evian Masters, 2007 SBS Open At Turtle Bay, The Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions, 2008 Fields Open in Hawaii, SemGroup International Pro-am

PLAYER NOTES

2007 Highlights

Won the season-opening SBS Open at Turtle Bay and The Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions, where she carded a season-low 65 in the second round by finishing with seven straight birdies.

Also recorded 11 additional top-10 finishes: second at the CN Canadian Women’s Open, tie for second at the LPGA Corning Classic, third at both the Honda LPGA Thailand 2007 and ADT Championship, tie for fourth at both the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill and the Ginn Tribute Hosted by ANNIKA, tie for sixth at both the McDonald’s LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola and the Samsung World Championship, tie for ninth at the SemGroup Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons, and tie for 10th at the Fields Open in Hawaii.

Was one of four players at the 2007 Solheim Cup to compete in all five matches, where she posted a 2-0-3 record to earn the most points for the victorious U.S. tTeam.

Crossed the $3 million mark in career earnings at the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill, becoming the fastest player in LPGA history to reach that milestone at 2 years, 2 months, and 19 days.

2007 Stats (rank)

Rds under par: 52/84 (2) Rds in the 60s: 30/84 (3) Birdies: 304 (6)

Eagles: 4 (20) Greens in Reg: 68.3% (5) Driving Accuracy: 73.7% (13)

Sand Saves: 40% (62) Putts per GIR: 1.78 (3) Driving Avg: 246.1 (92)

2006 Highlights

Recorded 14 top-10 finishes, including a season-best tie for second at The Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions presented by Kathy Ireland Worldwide, where she tied her career-low 64 in the opening round (became the fastest player in LPGA history to reach that milestone).

Also tied her career-low 64 during the second round of the LPGA Takefuji Classic, where she tied for sixth.

Finished third at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger and at the Corona Morelia Championship, and tied for fourth at the MasterCard Classic Honoring Alejo Peralta and at the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill.

Crossed the $2 million mark in career earnings at the HSBC Women’s World Match Play Championship, where she finished fourth, becoming the fastest player in LPGA history to reach that milestone.

Crossed the $1 million mark in season earnings for the second consecutive season to set an LPGA record for the most money earned in a season without a victory with $1,076,163. (Record was previously set by Natalie Gulbis in 2005).

2006 Stats (rank)

Rds under par: 59/95 (5) Rds in the 60s: 34/95 (5) Birdies: 351 (3)

Eagles: 6 (12) Greens in Reg: 72.6% (6) Driving Accuracy: 72.1% (63)

Sand Saves: 37.5% (83) Putts per GIR: 1.77 (11) Driving Avg: 256.6 (40)

2005 Highlights

Four days before graduating from high school, made a 17-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the Sybase Classic presented by Lincoln Mercury and become the youngest winner of a multi-round event in history at the age of 18 years, 9 months and 17 days.

Two months later, won the Evian Masters by eight shots to become the youngest (18 years, 11 months and 18 days) and fastest (4 months, 27 days) player to reach $1 million in career earnings.

Became the first LPGA Tour rookie and youngest player ever to qualify for The Solheim Cup, finishing eighth in the U.S. point standings after only one season in which to earn points; Creamer went 3-1-1, earning the most points for the victorious U.S. Team, and in her singles match against Laura Davies, which she won 7&5, set the record for most birdies (7) and best front-nine score (30).

With her tie for second at the Wendy’s Championship for Children, one of four runner-up finishes, clinched Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year honors, even with four events remaining in which to earn points; finished the rookie race 664 points ahead of Meena Lee, her closest competitor.

Set an LPGA record for most money earned by a rookie at $1,531,780, breaking Karrie Webb’s 1996 mark of $1,002,000.

Carded a career-low 64 during the final round of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger, where she tied for fifth, one of 11 top-10 finishes.

Finished the season tied for first in putts per greens in regulation (1.75).

Won the NEC Karuizawa and the Masters GC Ladies, events on the LPGA of Japan (JLPGA).

2005 Stats (rank)

Rds under par: 45/85 (6) Rds in the 60s: 29/85 (3) Birdies: 322 (4)

Eagles: 5 (13) Greens in Reg: 72.7% (4) Driving Accuracy: 76.4% (39)

Sand Saves: 46.8% (18) Putts per GIR: 1.75 (1) Driving Avg: 248.6 (65)

Career Highlights

In 2004, as an amateur, she became both the youngest ever and the first amateur to win the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament Presented by American Airlines. Her five shot victory earned exempt status for the 2005 season; Paula turned professional immediately following the final round.

Amateur Highlights

Creamer was the top ranked female amateur in 2004 and was named the 2004 Amateur of the Year by both Golfweek and Golf Digest. Simultaneously, Paula was the top ranked Junior in both 2003 and 2004. She was named the 2003 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Player of the Year. Paula was also Golfweek's and Golf Digest's, 2003 Junior of the Year. She was a semifinalist at both the 2003 and 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship and the U.S. Junior Girls' Junior Championship. She won a total of 19 amateur titles including 11 AJGA tournaments. Creamer was a member of the victorious 2004 U.S. Curtis Cup and the 2003 Spirit Teams. Paula also represented the United States at the 2004 World Amateur Team Championships and the 2002 (victorious) and the 2003 PING Junior Solheim Cups. As an amateur she played in 10 LPGA events from 2003-04 and posted five top-20 finishes. Paula posted her top LPGA finish at the 2004 ShopRite LPGA Classic, where she finished second, one shot behind Cristie Kerr. Her additional top finishes in LPGA competition include a tie for 13th (tie for low amateur) at the 2004 U.S. Women's Open conducted by the USGA; 13th at the Wegmans Rochester LPGA Presented by Lincoln Mercury; tied for 18th at the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open; and 18th at the Wendy's Championship for Children.

Personal

Started playing golf at the age of 10. . . Credits Larry O'Leary, David Kern, Jonathon Hughes, Ian Segneri and especially David Whelan and her mother and father as the individuals most influencing her career. . . Enjoys fashion, shopping, movies and music. . . Qualified for the Tour on her first attempt.

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