Creamer keeps hopes alive
Paula Creamer has played well enough this week to have a chance of winning the LPGA Tour's money title.
That is, if she can get out of the hospital this morning.
Hours after becoming one of eight qualifiers for the final round of the ADT Championship and its $1 million first-place prize yesterday, Creamer - who has been sick since Wednesday night - was admitted to Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, Fla., because of severe abdominal distress.
She will stay there overnight, and "a decision as to whether or not she plays [today's] round will be made early [this] morning," said Jay Burton, the senior vice president of IMG, which represents Creamer.
Creamer said after her round yesterday that she was planning to play, but wanted to have a CT scan to rule out appendicitis, something many of her symptoms pointed to, according to the medical staff who evaluated her at the Trump International course in West Palm Beach, Fla.
"If I was going to withdraw, it would have been earlier," Creamer said.
Provided she can play, Creamer will have a chance to be the first American to win the LPGA's season money crown in 15 years. All eight players will start even when they embark on an 18-hole shootout for the $1 million winner's prize, and if Creamer cannot play, it'll be a seven-woman field.
Suzann Pettersen put together the best round with a 4-under 68. Angela Stanford (69), Seon Hwa Lee (70), Ji-Yai Shin (71), and Jeong Jang (71) also advanced.
In a playoff for the final two berths, Karrie Webb and Eun-Hee Jee moved on when Sun Young Yoo three-putted the 17th.
PGA - Defending champion Tommy Armour birdied the final two holes, holing a 30-footer on the 18th, to shoot 7-under 65 (14-under 202) and take a five-stroke lead over Rich Beem (68) in the Pebble Beach (Calif.) Invitational.
European - Oliver Wilson (5-under 65, 13-under 197) made six birdies and held off Bernhard Langer (63, two back) to take a one-stroke lead over Lin Wen-tang (64) after three rounds of the Hong Kong Open.