Paula Creamer All Set to Win Her US Trophy
Packing the trunk locker caused Paula Creamer to feel reflective of her past years’ achievements and the upcoming challenge this week. As the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open approaches, the 2010 champ couldn’t help but feel nostalgic but determined to carry on.
Paula Creamer, 24, became a pro golfer in 2004 which was the same year she graduated from high school. She decided not to go to college and become a full time professional golf player. The scene of giving back the trophy she won last year at the U.S. Women’s Open is the closest episode she will have to experiencing the emotions of a young adult who is packing her bags for her freshman year in college.
In a telephone interview with the New York Times a week ago, Creamer admitted that she felt sad wrapping it up. She let out a chuckle and added that she absolutely slowed down the whole procedure and took her time in giving back the trophy. She kept the trophy on top of her kitchen table as an inspiration to achieve more until it was time to return it.
Creamer is returning to the United States Women’s Open this week as the defending champion and this happens to be the first major title she will defend. Her reign has been an uplifting experience that she will have to come down from cloud nine to compete at the 6,230 feet elevation. The Open will be held at the 7,047 yard long field of the Broadmoor’s East Course, which is the longest course the female golfers have competed on.
In an interview, Creamer said that her victory in 2010 was one of the best things that ever happened to her in terms of boosting her self-confidence. She then added that ever since her second year out there, she had been the brunt of talk that described her as “the best player that had never won a major.”
She said that she found it to be a compliment, but that at the same time it gave her a lot to deal with.
“To finally win just motivated me more and more,” she said.
Just recently, in June, she tied for the 3rd place at the second major golf tournament for women, the LPGA Championship.
Creamer’s 4-stroke Open win in Pennsylvania’s Oakmont Country Club was an achievement over difficulty. Conquering one of the hardest Open courses the women have competed in even after going through a thumb operation four months before the event is a life-changing experience for Creamer. “I feel like I matured so much as a golfer and a person that week,” she said.
She spent her time practicing the swing that helped her earn her major title with the goal to improve her consistency. Even if she has not scored another major from that time, this year, she was able to earn five Top 5’s in ten events and at the same time earning third-placers one after the other.
Like the 1995 U.S. Women’s Open winner Annika Sorenstam who succeeded in defending her title the following year, Creamer is dedicated in doing the same. She realizes that the rewards she gained from her 2010 triumph will not be surpassed by any Grand Slam title. One of these rewards is an Oakmont honorary membership and the chance to play at Augusta National.