NORTH PLAINS, Ore. – Paula Creamer’s Solheim Cup high didn’t last very long. The stomach ailment that has mystified doctors since last November is back, forcing Creamer to withdraw from the Safeway Classic Friday morning.
“I feel terrible,” Creamer said on Wednesday shortly before her pro-am round. “The last couple of months have been my best, you know, physically feeling health-wise, the best that I have felt.”
Creamer managed to make it through the pro-am but hasn’t left her hotel room in 36 hours. Her medical team in Orlando, headed by Dr. William Ruderman, has been directing her treatment in Portland the last several days.
Creamer was doubled over in pain at the ADT Championship last November, and thought she had picked something up the week before in Mexico at Lorena Ochoa’s event. Her symptoms persisted throughout the spring, and she was forced to withdraw from an event for the first time since junior golf.
“I’ve been calling it a character building year,” Creamer said at the U.S. Women’s Open.
She was in tears over the decision to drop out of Phoenix last March. A thumb injury kept her out of two more events in the summer, but she was fit for the Solheim, what she considers the biggest event on her calendar.
Creamer isn’t alone. Juli Inkster withdrew from the Safeway earlier in the week and Europe’s Maria Hjorth, battling a cold, played only nine holes of Thursday’s pro-am. Cristie Kerr and Angela Stanford also are feeling under the weather.
Pornanong Phatlum has replaced Creamer in the field.