Paula Creamer, 2010 U.S. Women's Open
When she arrived at the 2010 U.S. Women's Open, Creamer had missed the previous four months due to a still-healing thumb injury. She was forced to limit herself to 40 practice shots on the range before each round to manage the pain. Furthermore, the venue could not have been more daunting: Oakmont Country Club, arguably the toughest championship track in the world. But despite flinching after each painful swing, Creamer persevered to win her first major championship by four strokes.