Paula Creamer recharged for Founders Cup

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 19, 2014 at 5:10 pm •  Published: March 19, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — Paula Creamer has had 2½ weeks to savor "The Putt" in her Singapore playoff victory. She also got to catch her breath and recharge for the JTBC Founders Cup.

"It was nice to have two weeks off after that and just truly enjoy it," Creamer said Wednesday after completing preparations for the first round Thursday at Desert Ridge's Wildfire Golf Club.

"You can kind of regroup and then come back out and play. It's hard to go tournament, tournament, tournament and do well and to win back to back."

In Singapore, she made a breaking, downhill 75-foot eagle putt on the second extra hole to beat Azahara Munoz in the HSBC Women's Champions.

"You can't plan for that," Creamer said. "That's just pure genuine, 'Oh, holy smokes, it just went in the hole.'"

The Founders Cup is the fifth event of the season and first in the United States. Creamer is trying to become the third player in four years to complete a Singapore-Phoenix sweep, following Karrie Webb in 2011 and Stacy Lewis last year.

"This golf course fits their games really well, too," Creamer said. "I think it's a nice rest, but it's also these golf courses are a lot like what we play in Asia with the runoffs and that kind of thing. There's no rough."

Creamer ended a 79-event victory drought dating to the 2010 U.S. Women's Open, winning for the 10th time on the LPGA Tour.

"It was a long time coming," Creamer said. "I think just to hold a trophy, let alone in that style and that fashion."

Lewis also ended a long streak in Singapore, tying for 40th to stop her top-10 run at 13. She won the Women's British Open and had four second-place finishes during the streak that came with an asterisk because she withdrew because of illness in Canada after an opening 74.

"I would have traded a couple of wins for a few less top-10s," Lewis said.

The third-ranked Lewis struggled in Singapore after opening the year with a second-place finish in the Bahamas, a tie for sixth in Australia and a tie for fifth in Thailand.

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