Paula Creamer captured her first major title at Oakmont Country Club, winning the U.S. Women’s Open. Creamer had a three-stroke lead heading into the final day and ended up winning by four.
Afterwards, she talked about overcoming her health issues to pull off the victory on one of golf’s toughest courses:
“I don’t even think I’m 80%. Jeez, I’ve said this whole time I think I’m about 60. It just shows, you know, how much the mental side of golf can really take over.
You know, I believed I could do this. I believed I could do this when I had a cast on my hand. That’s what I just kept thinking about was Oakmont, Oakmont, Oakmont. And here we are, and it just — it’s amazing how, when you put a plan together how sometimes, you know, it works out. Sometimes it doesn’t, but for the most part, when it does, it’s the greatest feeling."
The final day saw its lowest scores as 13 golfers had rounds under par including a scorching 6-under shot by Hong-See Kim. However, none were good enough to catch Creamer, one of the world’s best players who had not yet won a major.
The scores had been high all weekend and Creamer was the only player to finish under par, winning with an overall score of -3. Na Yeon Choi and Suzann Pettersen finished tied for second overall at +1.