PITTSFORD, N.Y. – This isn’t the way Paula Creamer wanted her incredible cut streak to end. Colin Cann, Creamer’s only caddie since she turned pro, went to the hospital Friday in extreme pain for back spasms.
The loss shook Creamer, who shot 77 to miss the cut at a major championship for the first time as a professional, ending her streak at 39. At the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort, Creamer surpassed Tiger Woods’ record of 38 pro cuts made at majors.
“It’s different if you just don’t go out and play good golf,” Creamer said. “But when something happens, an extra variable you add to it, it’s tough. I easily could’ve withdrawn and pulled out, but there’s no way. I’m a fighter and a grinder, and I birdied the last hole. … It was an awesome run. It’s unfortunate it ended this way.”
Creamer, an only child, thinks of Cann as an older brother and has asked him to stand in her wedding as her man of honor. The last time Cann missed a tournament was during Creamer’s rookie season, in 2005, when he broke an ankle at Kingsmill and missed several weeks.
Before the round, Creamer met Cann at the practice putting green, where he was sitting in a chair. She said it took him a half an hour to get out of that chair and move 5 feet.
“It’s probably the hardest thing I’ve had to do in a long time was come out here without him,” Creamer said. “I’m not physically hurt, but my brain … He’s my brother. We’ve been together 10 years.”
Creamer’s mother approached Meaghan Francella minutes after she had finished caddieing for Pat Hurst and asked if she’d go a second loop with Creamer, who was on the tee in 10 minutes.
Francella, a bridesmaid in Creamer’s wedding, is a former LPGA player (and winner) who started caddieing this season.
Francella conceded to having sore feet after pulling double duty.
Creamer first came to the Rochester area as a 16-year-old and maintains that this tournament holds a special place in her heart.
“I must have heard (from the fans) 100 times, ‘Keep your head up,’ ” Creamer said.
She left Monroe Golf Club and went immediately to the hospital to visit Cann.