Creamer opens up with victory at SBS

first_imgConditions were challenging at Turtle Bay’s oceanside Palmer Course, with occasional showers and tradewinds that shook the players’ pony tails and nerves. Only nine of 83 players finished below par. Granada, who won the season-ending ADT Championship and helped give Paraguay its first Women’s World Cup title last month, shot a 69. Paula Creamer won the LPGA Tour’s season-opening SBS Open on Saturday in Kahuku, Hawaii, for her first victory since 2005, handling the whipping wind to hold off Julieta Granada by a stroke. The 20-year-old Creamer closed with a 2-under 70 for a 9-under 207 total and earned $165,000 for her third LPGA Tour title. In 2005 as a rookie, she won two LPGA Tour titles and also took two tournaments in Japan. Bean, Levi top Champions Tour leader board: Andy Bean shot a 4-under 67 in cold and windy conditions in Lutz, Fla., for a share of the lead with Wayne Levi in the suspended second round of the Champions Tour’s Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. “I play well in the wind, so I’m ready for the conditions,” Bean said. “Probably half the tournaments I have ever won have been in Hawaii or Florida. If you can control the trajectory of the ball the wind doesn’t take it so much.” Levi shot a 69, finishing in near darkness, to match Bean at 4-under 138 on the TPC Tampa Bay. Levi holed a pitching wedge shot from 118 yards for eagle on the par-4 10th – his first hole of the day. The ball bounced once, skipped, then spun back in. Minoza storms ahead at Indonesian Open: Frankie Minoza topped the leader board at the Indonesian Open in Jakarta, Indonesia, before monsoon storms stopped play early for the third consecutive day. Aiming to become the first Filipino to win a European tour event, Minoza was at 8 under with a hole to play in the third round, one stroke ahead of the tight pack led by Mikko Ilonen of Finland and Suk Jong-yul of South Korea. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Karrie Webb closed with a 70 to finish third at 6 under. LPGA Player of the Year Lorena Ochoa, coming off a six-win season, was another stroke back along with Janice Moodie (72) and 18-year-old Morgan Pressel (74). Creamer pulled away with a strong front nine with fourstraight birdies starting on No. 4, but ran into trouble on the back side. “It was a roller coaster,” she said. “I can’t even explain it. I was so up-and-down out there.” With composure and a comfortable cushion, Creamer seemed to have the tournament wrapped up. But the Pink Panther sliced her drive into the marsh and wound up with a double bogey on the 396-yard 11th and missed a 3-foot par putt on 13, stumbling to 8 under. But she managed to hang on to sink the dramatic putt on 17. It was Creamer’s first victory since her eight-stroke win in France in the 2005 Evian Masters. She ended that year second to Annika Sorenstam on the money list and earned rookie of the year honors. last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *