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
Less than a week after hinting that he might be done for the remainder of 2017, Rory McIlroy on Friday committed to play next week's Northern Trust, the first leg of the FedExCup Playoffs. McIlroy is the postseason's defending champion, after taking both the Tour Championship and the FedExCup in dramatic fashion last fall. The news that he'll tee it up in the first playoff event is only surprising in light of what he offered following his T-22 finish last Sunday at the PGA Championship. “I don’t know what I’m going to do,” he said, referring to his upcoming schedule. “You might not see me until next year. You might see me in a couple weeks’ time. It really depends.” McIlroy has been hampered
Doug Ghim advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur on Friday with a 2-and-1 victory over Scotland's Connor Syme. Tommy Humphrey also advanced with a 1-up victory over Taiwan's Chun An Yu. Doc Redman beat Australia's Travis Smyth 1 up, and Mark Lawrence Jr. finished off Dawson Armstrong 3 and 2 to complete an all-American final four at Riviera Country Club.