Also known as:The Pink Panther
Born:Aug 5, 1986 in Mountain View, Santa Clara County, California.
Original/Home Club:Castlewood CC, Pleasanton, CA.
MAJORS (1): US Women's Open (2010). Solheim Cup player (2005, '07, '09, '11, '13, '15, '17). Multiple wins on the LPGA, European and Japan Tours. LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year (2005).
After a stunning junior and amateur career, Creamer won the 2004 LPGA final qualifying tournament by 5 shots. Immediately after the event she turned professional, aged 18. In 2005, her rookie year on the LPGA Tour, she quickly established her place as a top player.
Creamer became the youngest winner of a multiple-round event in LPGA history (a younger Marlene Hagge had previously won two 18-hole LPGA Tour events). Amongst other records in her rookie season, Creamer became the youngest player to reach $1 million in LPGA Tour career earnings. Crowning her fabulous rookie year, she became the youngest player to play in the Solheim Cup (aged 19). Creamer lives in Windermere, near Orlando.
Played as the HSBC Women's Champions (Feb 27-Mar 2; LPGA Tour event). Paula Creamer (USA) beat Azahara Muñoz (Esp) with a 75-foot putt for an eagle-three at the second playoff hole, to record her tenth LPGA Tour win. [Serapong course, Sentosa GC, Singapore].
The US Women's Open (65th) (July 8-11). Second-placed Suzann Pettersen (Nor) and Na Yeon Choi (S Kor) finished 4 shots behind first-time major championship winner Creamer (USA). [Oakmont CC, nr Pittsburgh, PA].
Played as the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic presented by Kroger (July 10-13). Second-placed Nicole Castrale (USA) finished 2 shots behind Paula Creamer (USA). [Highland Meadows GC, Sylvania, nr Toledo, Ohio].
Played as the Samsung World Championship (Oct 2-5). Second-placed Song-Hee Kim (S Kor) finished 1 shot behind Creamer (USA). [Ocean course, Half Moon Bay Links, Half Moon Bay, CA].
Played as the SemGroup Championship presented by John Q Hammons (May 1-4). Creamer (USA) beat Juli Inkster (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [Cedar Ridge CC, Broken Arrow, nr Tulsa, OK].
Played as Fields Open in Hawaii (Feb 21-23). Second-placed Jeong Jang (S Kor) finished 1 shot behind Creamer (USA). [Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii].
Played as the Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions (Nov 8-11; next played as a new LPGA event in 2019). Second-placed Birdie Kim (S Kor) finished 8 shots behind Creamer (USA). [Crossings course, RTJ Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove, Mobile, AL].
Played as the SBS Open at Turtle Bay (Feb 15-17). Second-placed Julieta Granada (Para) finished 1 shot behind Creamer (USA). [Palmer course, Turtle Bay Resort, Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii].
Played as the Sybase Classic presented by Lincoln Mercury (May 19-22). Second-placed Jeong Jang (S Kor) and Gloria Park (S Kor) finished 1 shot behind 18-year-old Creamer (USA), who became the youngest winner on the LPGA Tour since 1952. [Wykagyl CC, New Rochelle, New York].
Played as the Evian Masters (July 20-23; LET/LPGA Trs event; recognised as a major ch'ship by the LET, but not by the LPGA Tour). Michelle Wie (USA, amateur) and Lorena Ochoa (Mex) finished 8 shots behind 18-year old Creamer (USA). [Evian Masters GC, Evian-les-Bains, France].
Creamer (USA) won the LPGA Tour 2005 Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. Award based on a points accumulation for finishes in Tour events. 19 year-old Creamer finished second on the LPGA money list, with earnings of $1,531,780.
European Tour: 2021 marks the 50th and last season of the world renowned European Tour, launched in April 1972 at the Spanish Open. From 2022 the Tour will be sponsored by Dubai-based global supply chain and ports operator DP World, and will be known as the DP World Tour.
South African Open: December 2021 events in South Africa have again been impacted by the Covid pandemic. The South African Open (Dec 2-5) will no longer be played as a DP World Tour event, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Dec 9-12) has been cancelled.
Bernhard Langer: at age 64, Langer collected a record sixth Charles Schwab Cup, the only player to have won the season-long points chase more than twice. He also topped the PGA Tour Champions money-list for the 11th time out of a possible 13 since 2008.
Carlota Ciganda: the five-time Solheim Cup star was delighted to record a fourth Ladies European Tour win in her home national championship, the Ladies Spanish Open.
Lee Elder: Trailblazer, Ryder Cup player, four-time PGA Tour winner and eight-time Senior PGA Tour winner, Lee Elder died on November 28, aged 87. In 1975 he became the first African American golfer to play in the Masters tournament, and in so doing provided one of the pivotal moments in the history of professional golf.
Golf World Top 100: Best Golf Courses in Europe. From France to Spain to the Netherlands and Norway, the Golf World Top 100 panel reveals the places you have to play (published 20 October 2021).
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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