Sentosa, Singapore (4E Sports) – Paula Creamer buried a 75-foot eagle putt in the second playoff hole to beat Spain’s Azahara Munoz in the HSBC Women’s Champion Sunday, ending a 79-event winless drought.
“It might be one of my favorite wins, and that’s going — taking a pretty big leap right there,” said the recently-engaged Creamer, whose last win came at the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open.
“It has been coming and it just shows you perseverance. That’s why I love the game. I work hard for this reason. And holding that trophy, gosh, it was so nice,” Creamer added.
Creamer shot a 3-under 69 Sunday to force the playoff with Munoz who finished with a 2-under 70.
The duo finished atop the leaderboard at 10-under par. She said she had flashbacks to the 2012 Kingsmill Championship where she lost in a nine-hole sudden-death playoff to Jiyai Shin and promised herself she would let it go that long again.
“I guess I’ve come close and playoff with Jiyai and wasn’t going to go play it eight times and come back the next day, that’s for sure,” said Creamer.
Creamer and Munoz escaped a three-player playoff after Hall of Famer Karrie Webb had a late-round collapse to fall out of contention.
Webb bogeyed three of her final six holes including the par 5 18th hole where she hit the lip of a fairway bunker. She had a three-shot lead after seven holes and said some bad decisions down the stretch put her in trouble spots.
The 20-year LPGA Tour veteran finished with a 2-over 74 and one shot out of the playoff.
“Just not a lot of good decisions,” said Webb. “I mean, bad swing on 15 but — just bad decisions. I shouldn’t have probably hit 3-wood off 16 just because I missed with that club for some reason this week.”