When the HSBC Women’s Champions went to a playoff, Azahara Munoz and Paula Creamer had already capped off an outstanding day of golf at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore. What happened in that playoff, however, has to be seen to be believed.
Creamer, who started the day four shots behind 54-hole leader Karrie Webb, tied Munoz on the first playoff hole. On the second hole, the par-5 18th, Creamer reached the massive green in two, although she left herself a long, long putt for eagle. This is what happened:
That’s a 75-footer for eagle, uphill, downhill, right-to-left, and dead in the center of the cup for the win. For what it’s worth, not only am I pretty certain my celebration would look remarkably similar to hers just in a regular round without all the money on the line, but I might need a pitching wedge just to get there from where she was putting.
Creamer later would tell the Associated Press that she could practice that exact putt “all day long and putt that and I don’t think get it within six, seven feet”. Probably better that she didn’t plan ahead to work on that shot then, right?
All kidding aside, that was one of the better golf shots we’re likely to see this year, not just on the LPGA Tour, but in all of golf. It had all the qualities you look for – skilled reading of the green, just the right amount of luck, and a pure, clutch performance.
The putt sealed Creamer’s first victory since the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open. She just got engaged in December, and she’s had several high finishes to start 2014. Perhaps this could be the win that sparks a run for the former world No. 2 player.