WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – The Solheim Cup, more than any other event, makes Paula Creamer summon her best. The red, white and blue. The crowds. Her team. Her partner. Creamer lives to play in this event. Two years ago in Germany, Creamer was a questionable captain’s selection. She delivered a 2-2 performance. This year, she wasn’t a captain’s selection, but was added to the team when Jessica Korda pulled out because of a forearm injury. She’s paired with rookie Austin Ernst to collect a 2-1 record. “All those Twitter people out there that told me that I shouldn’t have picked Paula, shame on you,” U.S. captain Juli Inkster quipped. This is Creamer’s seventh consecutive Solheim Cup. Her two victories
When Doug Ghim's winning putt dropped on the 17th hole of his U.S. Amateur semifinal, he immediately realized he has a second chance at a missed opportunity. Ghim narrowly lost the chance to play in the Masters in 2014 when he blew a lead on the final hole of the U.S. Public Links Amateur, a failure that annoys and motivates the University of Texas senior to this day. After reaching the final of the U.S. Amateur along with Doc Redman on Saturday, he is almost certain to get an invitation to play at Augusta next year.
It doesn't get much better than what took place at iconic Riviera Country Club in the 117th U.S. Amateur on Sunday afternoon. Doug Ghin and Doc Redman battled for 37 holes for the Havemeyer Trophy in a match those who watched will be talking about for a long time. In the first 18 holes of the 36-hole match of the U.S. Amateur final, Ghin shot a 67 but Redman clipped him by one with a 66 and held a 1 up lead going into the final 18. The two were a combined 8 under on the back nine, which was a harbinger for what was to come in the afternoon session. Ghin did not lead from the 13th hole on until he made a birdie on the 29th to go 1 up. It looked for a bit like he would run away with it as he went