Just four months ago, Paula Creamer had to go through thumb surgery, but even like that, she kept thinking about the US Women’s Open. She cried on her father’s shoulder, asking herself if she would ever be able to play golf again, and she kept focused on doing it, and as we all know, big efforts are rewarded.
Yesterday, 23 yeard old Creamer from California won the 65th edition of the Women’s US Open over Suzann Pettersen from Norway and Na Yeon Choi from South Korea. The victory at Oakmont Country Club meant her first major championship.
Creamer’s clothing on Sunday couldn’t be missed, as she wore a lot of pink, which is the new blue white and red concerning women’s golf, as the American is the proud of a nation that has embraced golf for more than a century.
When Paula Creamer had a cast on her hand concerning her rehabilitation after the surgery process, she kept thinking on Oakmont. She mentioned that she believed she could win the tournament, and continued to have faith on a positive outcome, and such mental attitude is probably what triggered a solid willing on her that finally allowed her to raise the championship trophy.
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The previous tournaments, Creamer had finished 6th, and had other 6 finishes at the top 10 in majors. The winner said that before the competition she sought advice from Arnold Palmer, one of the greatest in gold history, about mental strategies to find success, and it seems like such talking between her and Palmer fructified perfectly.
This is actually the 2nd straight major that has been won by an American, and it meant the ninth LPGA win for Creamer, who was not even playing at his top level due to her recent surgery. In fact, the female champ golfer said that she believes she is currently at 60% of his total level , and pointed out how important is the mental part in sports, as in her opinion, that is what ultimately allowed her to come up with the victory.
Even the doctor who was responsible for Creamer’s surgical procedure was quite impressed to see her playing so good, and he even asked her father “how she was able to play with that thumb”?
What is more important about Creamer’s win is that this is another amazing lesson that comes from sports but that can be applied to life in general.
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