RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Ray Romano turned to the grandstand on the 18th at the Kraft Nabisco and asked if anyone watched his new show, “Men of a Certain Age,” on TNT. A handful of people clapped.
“Horrible,” Romano said with a smile as he walked away. At least everyone loved Raymond.
Romano was the biggest name in Tuesday’s celebrity pro-am before the LPGA Tour’s first major gets under way on Thursday. He requested to play with Paula Creamer, though he wouldn’t admit it “because my wife might read it.”
Creamer owns every season of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and watched them on flights two years ago while traveling to the Evian Masters and British Open.
Romano ribbed Creamer all the way around the Dinah Shore Tournament Course, urging her to pick up her game as they made the turn. On the 18th when Creamer missed a putt, Romano told the crowd: “All day she’s been missing.”
Then he promptly knocked his putt in the hole, and acted as though he might take a dip in the pond.
Creamer got a kick out of Romano’s humor, noting that he needed more work off the tee. “She outdrove me four in a row and I said (to myself) ‘all right, let it go,’ ” Romano joked.
The 2010 U.S. Women’s Open champion missed last year’s Kraft due to an injured thumb. Her best finish at the year’s first major is a T-15 in 2007.
“I’m glad the rough is up,” she said. “That puts a premium on hitting fairways, and that’s one of my strengths.”