Mountain View, California
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Residence||Windermere, Florida, U.S.|
|Current tour||LPGA Tour (joined 2005)|
|Professional wins||10 (LPGA Tour: 8, other individual: 2)|
| Major Championship results|
|Kraft Nabisco||T15: 2007|
|LPGA Championship||T3: 2005|
|U.S. Women's Open||T6: 2008|
|Women's British Open||T7: 2007|
| American Junior Golf |
Player of the Year
| Golf Digest |
Junior of the Year
| Golf Digest |
Amateur of the Year
|LPGA Rookie of the Year||2005|
Paula Creamer (born August 5, 1986), nicknamed the "Pink Panther", is an American professional golfer who plays on the U.S.-based Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour. In her four seasons as a professional, she has won 10 tournaments, including eight LPGA Tour events. Creamer has been as high as No. 2 in the Women's World Golf Rankings, and as of October 6, 2008 is the No. 3 female golfer in the world.
Born and raised in California, Creamer won numerous junior golf titles; among them were 11 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) tournaments. Creamer joined the LPGA Tour for the 2005 season, and her victory in that year's Sybase Classic made her the LPGA's second-youngest event winner. After her first professional win, she earned three more titles in 2005, including two in Japan, and was named LPGA Rookie of the Year. Following a winless 2006 season, Creamer won twice in 2007 and has four wins in 2008.
During Creamer's amateur career, she won 19 national tournaments, including 11 American Junior Golf Association events, and was named Player of the Year by the AJGA in 2003. On two occasions (2002 and 2003), Creamer played on the United States team in the Junior Solheim Cup. She was a semi-finalist in the 2003 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship and U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, and reached the same stage of both events the following year. In June 2004, Creamer placed second in the LPGA Tour's ShopRite LPGA Classic, finishing one stroke behind Cristie Kerr. Later that year, she tied for 13th in the U.S. Women's Open and represented the United States in the Curtis Cup.
In December 2004, Creamer won the LPGA Tour Final Qualifying Tournament by five strokes, thus gaining membership on the Tour for the 2005 season. She turned professional immediately after the event at the age of 18.
After her strong first-year performance, Creamer was second behind Sörenstam in the inaugural Women's World Golf Rankings, which were released on February 20, 2006. Her 2006 season, however, was not as successful. She did not win a tournament, and was hampered by wrist and foot injuries during the year. Creamer still managed to earn over $1 million and make the cut in all 27 LPGA tournaments in which she played, compiling 14 top-10 finishes. Her best result of the season was a tie for second at The Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions.
In 2007, Creamer rebounded with two LPGA Tour titles. On February 17, she won her third career LPGA title at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay, making a 40-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole of the final round to defeat Julieta Granada by one shot. In November, Creamer won The Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions, defeating Birdie Kim by eight strokes. She also played in her second Solheim Cup, leading both sides in points earned. Creamer went unbeaten in five matches as the U.S. team retained the cup. For the season, she posted 13 top-10 finishes and earned over $1.3 million, third on the money list.
As of October 6, 2008, Creamer is 21st on the LPGA's all-time money list with more than $5.7 million in career earnings. She is No. 3 in the Women's World Golf Rankings, behind Lorena Ochoa and Annika Sörenstam.
Creamer has endorsement deals with TaylorMade, Adidas, RBS, NEC, Ricoh, Kraft Foods, Sundog Eyewear, CDW, Aldila, Citizen Watch, Bridgestone, and EA Sports. Her likeness has been featured in the golf video games Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 and 09, both published by EA Sports.
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||DNP||T45||T19||T24||T15||T21|
|U.S. Women's Open||CUT||T13 TLA||T19||T16||T16||T6|
|Women's British Open||DNP||DNP||T15||T22||T7||T9|
LA = Low Amateur
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
Green background for a win. Yellow background for a top-10 finish.
|Year|| # of |
| Cuts |
|Wins||2nd||3rd|| Top |
|Earnings ($)||Rank||Scoring average|
Solheim Cup Record
|Year||Total Matches||Total W-L-H||Singles W-L-H||Foursomes W-L-H||Fourballs W-L-H||Points Won||Points %|
|2005||5||3-1-1||1-0-0 def. L. Davies 7&5||1-0-1 halved w/ B. Daniel, won w/ J. Inkster 3&2||1-1-0 lost w/ J. Inkster 4&3, won w/ C. Kerr 1up||3.5||70%|
|2007||5||2-0-3||1-0-0 def. M. Hjorth 2&1||1-0-1 won w/ J. Inkster 2&1, halved w/ J. Inkster||0-0-2 halved w/ M. Pressel, halved w/ B. Lincicome||3.5||70%|
TODAY: PAULA CREAMER; A compliment without merit; Paula Creamer, 21, is sometimes referred to as the best women's player without a major championship victory. She would like to shed that label soon.(SPORTS)
Apr 04, 2008; Byline: MARK CRAIG; STAFF WRITER Rancho Mirage, Calif -- Expectations develop more rapidly at the highest level of women's golf...