Paula Creamer Wins Women’s US Open
Just a few months ago, Paula Creamer wasn’t certain that she would ever play golf again. A nagging thumb injury would require surgery, and as a result she would end up missing a good portion of the first half of the tour season. In retrospect, maybe the time away from the game did her some good.
Last week we saw a different Paula Creamer than what we’ve become accustomed to seeing in major tournament settings of the past. She appeared to have a genuine eagerness to simply be out on a golf course competing again. Instead of seeing someone who would struggle with her emotions and the high level of expectations that were placed upon her, a confident, relaxed player had somehow emerged from the past four months away from the spotlight. She’s always had the talent and the desire to win, but last week she had the perfect mindset as well, as she played the most outstanding golf of her career. Well done, Ms. Creamer. May it be the first of many more to come.
Steve Stricker’s Remarkable Comeback Continues
After holing the last putt on the 72nd hole in the John Deere Classic last Sunday, Steve Stricker admitted that he’d gotten away from his strategy that had given him a 6-shot cushion heading into the final round on Sunday. “It’s a position you want to be in, you know, with a big lead, but you know, you have everything to lose, and this is exactly the same way I felt at Northern Trust. It was difficult. It’s a hard round to play. I wasn’t the same player as I was for three days, for sure, today. And you’re just afraid to make a mistake, and that’s hard to play golf that way.”
But just as he did back in the Northern Trust tournament at Riviera earlier in the year, Stricker somehow kept it together well enough to come away with the win, earning him his second victory of the season. The PGA Championship is a little over a month away, the final major of the year. It will be played at Whistling Straits, a links-style course in Stricker’s home state of Wisconsin, where he hopes to add a major championship title to his ever-growing resume of accomplishments. There could be no better time or place for Stricker to define his remarkable comeback story.
A Round Like No Other: Goydos Becomes 4th Player in PGA Tour History to Shoot 59
Al Geiberger did it back in 1977. Chip Beck did it 14 years later, in 1991. Eight years would pass before it would be done again, courtesy of David Duval at the Bob Hope back in 1999. Last week during the opening round of the John Deere Classic, the 4th player in the history of the PGA Tour posted that ever-elusive round in the coveted 50′s – Paul Goydos. Goydos couldn’t keep pace with Steve Stricker last week, but he did make a Sunday charge to keep Stricker honest. Goydos finished two shots back of Stricker, and in addition to having his name permanently etched in the annals of scoring history, he also earned a trip to St. Andrews for the Open Championship this week. It was certainly a memorable week for Paul Goydos.