PAULA CREAMER sank an “impossible” 75 foot downhill sliding eagle putt to clinch her 10th career LPGA victory at the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore on the weekend.
The putt abruptly ended a sudden death playoff against Spain’s Azahara Munoz on the second hole after Australia’s Karrie Webb had earlier blown a three shot lead.
It also ended a 79 event winless streak for Creamer that dated back to the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open Championship.
“I could stand out there all that day and not hole that putt again,” the 27 year old American golfer exclaimed after showing unbridled joy on the green when the putt went in.
“It might be one of my favorite wins, and that’s taking a pretty big leap right there,” said Creamer. “But you know, it has, it’s been almost three years and you know, so much has happened…It has been coming and it just shows you perseverance. That’s why I love the game. I work hard for this reason. And holding that trophy, gosh, it was so nice.”
Creamer shot a 3-under 69 to finish regulation with Munoz (70) on 10 under.
Webb (74) seemed to have the tournament in bag for much of the event but after leading by three strokes after seven holes made some poor swings and choices.
“Two weeks ago [when she came from behind in the final round to win the Women’s Australian Open] I handled the pressure well and made very good decisions coming down the stretch and I made all the putts I needed to make,” said Webb. “It just sometimes doesn’t go your way. Doesn’t feel great at the moment. There’s lessons to be learned from the decisions made. Even if you learn those lessons, sometimes you’re going to repeat in that situation.”HSBC Champions Final Results