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Creamer, Miyazato, Pettersen fighting effects of car crash

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SINGAPORE -- Paula Creamer, Ai Miyazato and Suzann Pettersen are battling the effects of a five-car crash Sunday night in Bangkok, where they were driving to the airport to catch a flight to Singapore for this week's Women's HSBC Champions tournament.

Creamer strained a muscle in her neck and sustained whiplash, but participated in a photo shoot Tuesday on Marina Bay along with other LPGA Tour stars Pettersen, Angela Stanford and Yani Tseng, the No. 1 player in the Rolex World, to promote the Singapore event.

"I've felt better, that's for sure," Creamer said during Tuesday morning's press conference. "Those things happen all the time and you can't control something like that.

"We'll see what happens. I feel worse today than I did (Monday). I had pretty bad whiplash from hitting the headrest but I took it easy and hope that I can tee it up on Thursday. ... It's pretty amazing, like I said, how we walked away, but things happen."

Miyazato, who also is dealing with whiplash, hit about 20 golf balls on the range Tuesday, but her neck was hurting, so she decided not to push herself beyond that.

The Japanese star is considered "day-to-day" and hasn't made a decision yet on whether she'll be able to play when the tournament tees off on Thursday.

"Even though my neck hurts, I still want to play so bad," said Miyazato, who won in Singapore in 2010. "That means a lot, especially with the new golf course, and everyone says it's a really nice golf course out there. I haven't seen it.

"I just want to play this tournament so bad. The people are so nice over here, and I'm just enjoying staying in Singapore. It's just a really sad feeling right now. Hopefully, really hopefully, I can play this weekend."

Pettersen escaped the worst of the crash as her vehicle was at the end of the convoy and avoided smashing into the other vehicles.

She was still shaken by the incident.

"We're just lucky enough that we all got away with no major injury." Pettersen said.

The HSBC Women's Champion begins Thursday on the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club after five years ago Tanah Merah Country Club.
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