Paula Creamer didn't do what Tiger Woods did to Pebble Beach in 2000, but she did finish three-under par when everyone else couldn't find the red numbers. Creamer's final round 69 was great, but everyone shot pretty low on Sunday. It was the other three rounds that allowed her to get to the position to take home her first major championship.
See, you need to understand a few things before you can totally grasp the importance of a Creamer win at the U.S. Women's Open.
The tour is struggling. Major championship-style struggling.
No big name is stepping up. The tour has lost names like Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa. Nobody young that this country can relate to has played well in these big events.
Creamer is the type of player that can tote this tour on her back.
Exciting, talented, attractive, and (thank goodness) young, Creamer has been close before, but hasn't broke through. Unlike the PGA Tour, where it seems most of the major champions come from the mature age bracket, the LPGA needs winners, and they need them young.
Creamer is exactly that. Sitting at a table with Paula a year ago at a rain-delayed event, you could tell she knew exactly what she was. She wasn't joking or playing around, she was just sitting there, waiting for the weather to pass so she could get back on the course, to her job.
On Sunday, Paula took home one of the most coveted trophies in golf. The LPGA couldn't be happier.
- Paula Creamer