Paula Creamer won the U.S. Women’s Open by four strokes for her ninth victory on the LPGA Tour and first major tournament title.
Creamer, 23, finished at 3-under-par at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, the only golfer in the field to break par over four rounds. She shot a 2-under 69 during the final day after rounds of 72, 70 and 70. South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi and Norway’s Suzann Pettersen tied for second at 1-over.
Creamer receives $585,000 and is the second American in the past six years to win the title, following Cristie Kerr’s victory in 2007. Creamer was making her fourth start since having thumb surgery and played with a bandaged hand.
“My hand has been in a lot of pain,” Creamer said in a televised interview. “I just stuck to my game plan on every hole. I really just tried to do what we planned and I executed and it makes it so much sweeter.”
On the U.S. PGA Tour, Steve Stricker defended his title at the John Deere Classic to join Ernie Els, Jim Furyk and Justin Rose as a two-time winner this season.
Stricker set a tour record at 25-under-par through 54 holes and closed with a 1-under-par 70 to beat Paul Goydos by two strokes at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois.
Stricker receives $792,000 for winning the final event before the British Open, which is scheduled for July 15-18 at St. Andrews in Scotland.
Goydos, who in the first round became the fourth PGA Tour player to shoot 59, qualifies for the British Open by finishing runner-up because Stricker was already in the field for the third major championship of the year.