Paula Creamer on the LPGA's outlook for 2010, getting to know Michelle Wie and waiting for Annika's return

Paula Creamer on the LPGA’s outlook for 2010, getting to know Michelle Wie and waiting for Annika’s return

Creamer says she didn't really know Wie until the Solheim Cup.
Angus Murray

What’s your sense of the LPGA’s
economic health right now?

Obviously we’ve had our struggles. The
important thing is that we’re keeping
tournaments. We have tournaments
that are still here that people are
overlooking; instead, they’re looking at
the ones we’ve lost. The biggest thing is
our relationships with our sponsors. We
have to be loyal to the sponsors who’ve
been with us from the beginning, and
I feel like in the past couple of years
they’d been taken for granted. Now
we’re headed in the right direction.

Did the LPGA miss Annika
Sorenstam’s star power in 2009?

Yes and no. She brought a lot to
women’s golf, but there are so many
wonderful players out there. It’s very
diverse culturally, obviously. It was
never the Annika Sorenstam Tour by
any means, and it’s kind of neat that
we’ve been able to overcome that. I
can’t wait for her to come back, though.
It will be neat when she comes back
and plays with us again.

The men’s and women’s
2014 U.S. Opens will be
played on consecutive
weeks at Pinehurst
No. 2. Would you
like to see more
events like this?

I think it’s going to be
a great experience for
both tours. The thing
that people need to realize is
that men’s golf and women’s golf
are very different. The course
will be set up much differently
for us lengthwise than it will be
for the men. Still, the rough will
be the same.

Your record in the Solheim
Cup is 8-2-4. Why does that
event bring out your best?

It’s seeing the flag being raised,
and going out on the first tee
when they say “Paula Creamer
representing the United States.”
Just thinking about it gives me
goosebumps. My dream is to
represent my country well, be a
role model in front of young girls
and get people involved with golf.

You said that last year’s Solheim Cup
was the first time you ever got to hang out with Michelle Wie.

We all ate breakfast, lunch and dinner together as a team, so I got to
know her away from golf. She was very outgoing—it’s a side of her
that you don’t see on the golf course.

When you were winning 15 straight events as a junior, did you ever
feel that people should have been paying more attention to your
amateur career and less to Michelle’s?

I can’t control what the media writes and says. I can only control
my golf game, and for me that’s about winning and going out and
competing against the best players and trying to get as many situations
under my belt as possible.

What do you like least: questions about your personal life or
questions about why you haven’t won a major?

Neither, really. I’m used to the majors question now. This is my fifth year on Tour. For people to constantly talk about me not having won a major isn’t always a bad thing. It means that people think I’m a better
player. Trust me, I know I haven’t won a major.

Are questions about your personal life off-limits?
No, I don’t mind questions about my personal life. I am who I am. It’s
just that nobody ever asks me [laughs]. But I’m not dating anyone right
now. A lot of it is the travel, but I’ve had relationships in the past when
I’m on the road. So we’ll see.

You’re famous for wearing pink. Is there any color you won’t wear on
the course?

Not really. There are certain shades I don’t look good in. For example,
I don’t do real well in purple, but there’s not one color where I’ll say,
“I cannot play in this.” I’m willing to give everything a chance.

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