It’s hard not to stand back and admire Paula Creamer’s determination and commitment. Hours after completing her first round at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, she was still on the putting green with her coaches. It shows a level of professionalism that sometimes gets looked over.
Seven missed cuts so far this season suggests why she is still out there practising. It is a season that has been hard work for the Pink Panther. Yet, you still have to admire her. Coming to Scotland for the Ladies Scottish Open, Creamer knew she needed a big performance to qualify for the Ricoh Women’s British Open. On the back of two missed cuts, you could say that she did just that finishing in a tie for 13th. However, 13 is lucky for some. Close but not close enough was the verdict. Qualifying awaited.
For a player of Creamer’s ability and even celebrity, qualifying tournaments are not something she is used to. This is the place for the young guns, the nearly there and those desperate for a chance to play among the elite of Women’s Golf.
Creamer had braced for it though and later said: “I found out after the U.S Open actually that I wasn’t in the British, and what are you going to do, you’ve got to qualify.”
Now she found herself there. A big name in a place she really shouldn’t be. Although she qualified with ease, it goes to show just how much she wants to still compete with the best. There is also another reason, the Solheim Cup.
Creamer knows that she is relying on Juli Inkster. Two years ago, Inkster made Creamer one of her picks as the Americans went on to win the Cup by one point in Germany. Who got the winning point in the singles? That’s right, it was Paula Creamer. Perhaps that was some justice for Inkster who had her fair share of criticism for picking Creamer in the first place. The faith placed in her was duly rewarded as Creamer beat Sandra Gal in the singles.
Knowing that her fate is back in Inkster’s hands has seen a resurgence in Creamer during her trip to Scotland. Whilst her form might be sporadic, she is reminding the doubters just who she is once more. For Creamer, the Solheim Cup simply means that much to her.
Following her opening round at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, Creamer threw her hat into the ring for a captain’s pick by saying: “Obviously there’s nothing better than representing your country, and by far that’s the best event. I know I can pull my own weight. But we’ll see what Juli’s decision is at the end of the week, but hopefully, I’m there to represent because I know I won’t let my team down. ”
Based on sheer determination alone, it might be enough to prick up Inkster’s ears once again.