A long-time knock on many LPGA Tour players is that they have their caddies line them up just before they swing the club, with the looper ducking out of the way so there’s no penalty for being in the player’s intended swing path.
Well, Paula Creamer decided to do something about it and is no longer having her caddie line her up before pulling the trigger.
“I’ve graduated to big‑girl golf now,” Creamer said Friday at the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif. “I can line myself up. It’s pretty good. It’s one of those things I wanted to take ownership of. I choose a club, I pick my shot, I pick my target. We still definitely talk about it a lot, but I can trust myself. I did it in junior golf and I did it in amateur golf. There’s no reason why I can’t do it out here.”
Clearly, the approach is working this week for Creamer, whose Saturday 6-under 66 has her in contention, four shots behind Mirim Lee entering the final round at Aviara Golf Club.
While Creamer is intent on not bringing Colin Cann in to line up a shot, that doesn’t mean he can’t be there in a pinch.
“Every once in a while there’s a confidence thing where if there’s a tough tee shot I’ll have him just check me out, but no, I can do it on my own,” Creamer said.
If the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open champion pulls off the win, who knows? It could become a trend among her peers.