Paula Creamer is an American professional golfer who has played on the LPGA Tour since turning pro at 18 and became the U.S. Women’s Open Champion in 2010.
Born in August 1986 in California, Creamer started her affiliation with golf at ten years old. The talented youngster would go on to win 13 consecutive regional junior events by the age of 12 - leading her to become the top-ranked female junior golfer in the state the following year.
After an incredible amateur career that saw her win 19 national tournaments, including 11 American Junior Golf Association events, Creamer joined the LPGA Tour in 2005 and quickly made a name for herself as the one of the main contenders in ladies’ golf.
Creamer set to work establishing herself on Tour. She won two titles in her first season as well as gaining a place on the 2005 Solheim Cup Team, making her the youngest-ever member at the time. The U.S. would go on to win the cup that year and Creamer would also take the honour of the LPGA Rookie of the Year for 2005.
The American continued to shine on Tour during the following years, racking up numerous titles and reaching as high as number two in the Official World Golf Rankings. Creamer’s most notably victory came at the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open, where she managed to shed the title of being the best competitor in the world to not win a Major.
During the tournament at Oakmont Country Club, Creamer kept her cool despite enormous pressure and was able to maintain consistent scores throughout the event. Never recording anything higher than a 72 and finishing the final day with a 69 to leave her at three-under-par.
With an incredible performance, Creamer secured her first Major victory, outscoring Na Yeon Choi of South Korea and Suzann Petterson of Norway by four shots as well as ranking in the top ten in every significant statistic from fairways, to greens, to putts. A feat Creamer achieved all while wearing a cast following surgery on her left thumb.
“It just shows how much the mental side of golf can take over,” she said afterwards. “I believed I could do this. I believed I could do this even when I had a cast on.”
Creamer is known for her love of the colour pink and is often seen sporting the shade on the golf course. Despite falling out of the top-40 World Rankings, she was selected to be a part of the 2015 Solheim Cup Team, making her sixth appearance in the event.
Since 2005, Creamer has done a great deal of charity work for The First Tee - an organisation to benefit junior golfers - while also hosting the Paula 4 Kids Celebrity event every year, which raises money to promote the sport to children around the U.S.
2005 – Sybase Classic
2005 – Evian Masters
2007 – SBS Open at Turtle Bay
2007 – The Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions
2008 – Fields Open in Hawaii
2008 – SemGroup Championship
2008 – Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic
2008 – Samsung World Championship
2010 – U.S. Women’s Open
2014 – HSBC Women’s Champions