Paula Creamer (born August 5, 1986) is an American professional golfer who plays on the U.S.-based Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour. As a professional, she has won 11 tournaments, including 9 LPGA Tour events. Creamer has been as high as number 2 in the Women's World Golf Rankings. She is the current U.S. Open champion, and is undefeated in three years of singles play in the Solheim Cup.
As an amateur, Creamer won numerous junior golf titles, including 11 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) tournaments. Creamer joined the LPGA Tour in the 2005 season, and her victory in that year's Sybase Classic made her the LPGA's second-youngest event winner.
* 1 Early life and amateur career
* 2 Professional career
o 2.1 2005–2007
o 2.2 2008–2010
* 3 Personal life
* 4 Professional wins (11)
o 4.1 LPGA Tour (9)
o 4.2 LPGA of Japan Tour (2)
* 5 Major championships
o 5.1 Wins (1)
o 5.2 Results timeline
* 6 LPGA Tour career summary
* 7 Team appearances
* 8 Solheim Cup record
* 9 Awards
* 10 References
* 11 External links
 Early life and amateur career
Creamer was born in Mountain View, California, and was raised in Pleasanton, the only child of an airline pilot father and stay-at-home mother. The family's home overlooked the first tee of the Castlewood Country Club's golf course. Creamer participated in acrobatic dancing and gymnastics during her childhood, and started playing golf when she was 10 years old. At the age of 12, she won 13 consecutive regional junior events in Northern California, and the following year she became the top-ranked female junior golfer in the state.
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.
 Professional career
Upon joining the LPGA Tour in 2005, Creamer quickly became a top player. On May 22, she holed a 17-foot birdie putt on the final hole of the Sybase Classic in New Rochelle, New York to win by one stroke. Creamer became the youngest winner of a multiple-round tournament in LPGA history. (Marlene Hagge won twice at a younger age than Creamer. Both wins came in 18-hole events.) On July 23, she claimed her second title of the year, winning the Evian Masters tournament in France by an eight-shot margin. She became the youngest and quickest player to reach $1 million in LPGA career earnings. In August Creamer won the NEC Open on the Japan LPGA tour, and added a victory at the Masters GC Ladies tournament two months later. Creamer earned a spot on the U.S. Solheim Cup Team, becoming the youngest player to do so. She helped the U.S. team win the cup, going 3–1–1 for the competition. Creamer won the LPGA Rookie of the Year award for her season, in which she earned over $1.5 million, second on the money list behind Annika Sörenstam, and recorded eight top-three finishes.
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.
In the 2008 season, Creamer won a career-high four LPGA events and made more than $1.8 million, the highest amount she has earned in a season. In February 2008, she earned her fifth LPGA title at the Fields Open in Hawaii, coming back from a late two-shot deficit with birdies on the final three holes. On April 27, Creamer came up short in a bid for her second win of the year, losing in a sudden-death playoff to Sörenstam at the Stanford International Pro-Am. The following week, Creamer bounced back at the SemGroup Championship by defeating Juli Inkster in a playoff. At the U.S. Women's Open, she entered the final round one shot off the lead and in good position to claim her first major championship victory. However, a five-over-par 78 on the last day dropped her into a tie for sixth. On July 10 at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic, she shot an 11-under 60, just one stroke off of the LPGA Tour record of 59 by Annika Sörenstam. She shot 60–65–70–73 to beat Nicole Castrale by two strokes. Creamer's fourth title of 2008 came in October's Samsung World Championship, where she won by one stroke and became the first American with four or more wins in an LPGA Tour season since Inkster had five tournament victories in 1999. In November of that same year, Creamer teamed with team International to defeat team Asia for the Lexus Cup.
At the LPGA Playoffs at the ADT, the last event of the 2008 season, Creamer was hospitalized with a stomach ailment, which was originally thought to be peritonitis. The ailment continued to affect her in the opening few months of the 2009 season, with doctors unable to make an exact diagnosis. At the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open, held at Saucon Valley Country Club, Creamer finished tied for sixth. In her third Solheim Cup, she was 3–1 as the U.S. again won the competition. Creamer finished 10th on the 2009 LPGA money list with earnings of over $1.1 million. Her highest finishes during the season were a pair of second-place results, at the LPGA Corning Classic and Lorena Ochoa Invitational. As of the end of the 2009 season Creamer was 13th on the all-time LPGA Career Money List with earnings of $6,968,600.
Creamer withdrew from the first event of the 2010 season with a left thumb injury, which she had first sustained in June 2009 at the Wegmans LPGA tournament. The injury, later diagnosed as a hyperextended metacarpophalangeal joint caused by stretched ligaments, required surgery in March. In her return event, the ShopRite LPGA Classic, Creamer finished in seventh place at 10-under-par.
On July 11, 2010, in her fourth tournament after returning from her thumb surgery, Creamer won the U.S. Women's Open. She was the only golfer under par for the tournament, with a score of 3-under-par, four strokes ahead of Suzann Pettersen and Na Yeon Choi. It was the first victory in a major in Creamer's career.
 Personal life
In 2000, Creamer moved to Bradenton, Florida to attend the IMG Golf Academy, where she graduated from the IMG-affiliated Pendleton School the week after her first LPGA victory. She relocated again in 2007, this time to Isleworth, a gated community in Windermere, Florida. As of 2009, she remains a resident of Isleworth, where No. 1 PGA golfer Tiger Woods is among her neighbors.
Creamer has endorsement deals with many companies, including TaylorMade-adidas, Citizen Watch Co., NEC, and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Golf Digest estimated her 2009 endorsement income to be $4.5 million, an amount that is second-highest among female golfers. Her likeness has been featured in EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour series of golf video games.
Since 2005, Creamer has done charitable work for The First Tee, an organization that benefits junior golfers. She hosts the Paula 4 Kids Celebrity Event, an annual outing that raises money for The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee. In addition, Creamer has appeared at youth golf clinics and donated scholarships to the IMG Golf Academy.
Due to her fondness for wearing pink, Creamer's friend Casey Wittenberg nicknamed her the "Pink Panther." The sobriquet followed her when she turned pro. In addition to her pink outfits, Creamer sports the color on several of her golf accessories, including her club grips and golf bag. Creamer also uses a Pink Panther club head cover, in a nod to her nickname. In some tournaments from 2006 to 2009, she used a pink golf ball during the last round of every tournament provided by Precept Golf, one of her sponsors.
 Professional wins (11)
 LPGA Tour (9)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 22 May 2005 Sybase Classic -6 (69-68-71-70=278) 1 stroke South Korea Jeong Jang
South Korea Gloria Park
2 23 Jul 2005 Evian Masters -15 (68-68-66-71=273) 8 strokes Mexico Lorena Ochoa
United States Michelle Wie (amateur)
3 17 Feb 2007 SBS Open at Turtle Bay -9 (67-70-70=207) 1 stroke Paraguay Julieta Granada
4 11 Nov 2007 The Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions -20 (67-65-68-68=268) 8 strokes South Korea Birdie Kim
5 23 Feb 2008 Fields Open in Hawaii -16 (66-68-66=200) 1 stroke South Korea Jeong Jang
6 4 May 2008 SemGroup Championship -2 (70-71-69-72=282) Playoff United States Juli Inkster
7 13 Jul 2008 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic -16 (60-65-70-73=268) 2 strokes United States Nicole Castrale
8 5 Oct 2008 Samsung World Championship -9 (68-74-68-69=279) 1 stroke South Korea Song-Hee Kim
9 11 Jul 2010 U.S. Women's Open -3 (72-70-70-69=281) 4 strokes South Korea Na Yeon Choi
Norway Suzann Pettersen
LPGA major is shown in bold.
 LPGA of Japan Tour (2)
* 2005 (2) NEC Karuizawa 72, Masters GC Ladies
 Major championships
 Wins (1)
Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
2010 U.S. Women's Open −3 (72-70-70-69=281) 4 strokes South Korea Na Yeon Choi, Norway Suzann Pettersen
 Results timeline
Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Kraft Nabisco Championship DNP T45 T19 T24 T15 T21 T17 DNP
LPGA Championship DNP DNP T3 T49 T6 T10 T16 T42
U.S. Women's Open CUT T13 TLA T19 T16 T16 T6 T6 1
Women's British Open DNP DNP T15 T22 T7 T9 T3 T21
DNP=did not play
CUT=missed the half-way cut
Green background for a win. Yellow background for a top-10 finish.
 LPGA Tour career summary
made Wins 2nds 3rds Top
finish Earnings ($) Rank Scoring
2003 3 2 0 0 0 0 T67 n/a n/a 74.80 n/a
2004 7 7 0 1 0 1 T2 n/a n/a 71.42 n/a
2005 25 24 2 4 2 11 1 1,531,780 2 70.98 3
2006 27 27 0 1 2 14 T2 1,076,163 11 70.62 6
2007 24 22 2 2 2 13 1 1,384,798 3 70.50 2
2008 26 26 4 1 2 15 1 1,823,992 2 70.56 3
2009 21 20 0 2 4 10 2 1,151,864 9 70.62 10
2010 5 3 1 0 0 2 1 637,333 8 70.64 9
* Official as of July 11, 2010