Mobile, AL. - At 25-years old, Paula Creamer; who turned pro in 2004, has nine LPGA Tour titles to her credit. Including winning her first major, at the 2010 U.S. Women's Open.
However, that victory was the last time 'The Pink Panther' found herself in the winner's circle on Tour.
The Mountain View, California native played her way into the spotlight on the LPGA Tour in 2008. That year, she won an impressive four events, banking over $1.8 million in earnings.
After that impressive season, ailments and injuries began to plague her game.
In 2010, Creamer withdrew from the first event on the schedule, due to a left thumb injury.
The injury was determined to be stretched ligaments, and would in fact require surgery to repair. During the procedure, doctors found that there was even more damage than they previously thought.
Extra damage to her thumb now included ulnar collateral ligament and palmar plate tears.
These newly discovered injuries would force Creamer into an extended leave of absence from golf, until June of the 2010 season.
Now, many surgeries and swing changes later. The now Windemre, FL. resident, is back on golf courses she has had success in the past on. The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail courses.
She won the The Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament in 2007 as well as winning the Alabama Junior Golf Association event in 2002.
“I love coming here,” Creamer said Tuesday in her press conference.“I've had a lot of great memories, whether junior golf and then, you know, winning here a couple years ago. It's a wonderful town. The people just embrace the LPGA, they embrace junior golf. It's golf country.”
Though she has not found the winner's circle yet this season. Creamer has posted three top-20 finishes so far in 2012. However, the now veteran LPGA Tour players is looking to bounce back this week, on the Crossings Course at Magnolia Grove.
“I'm definitely not satisfied with how I've played, that's for sure,” Creamer continued. “It hasn't been what I expected. But I know sometimes when you do have changes, it's not going to be right away.”