OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – Nancy Lopez walked several holes with Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel at Olympia Fields on the eve of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The LPGA legend/newlywed was on hand for the first past champions dinner at the tour’s flagship major.
“Definitely needed some mothering from Nancy,” said Creamer, who played her first Solheim Cup in 2005 under Captain Lopez. “She’s pretty good at that.”
Creamer opened with an even-par 71 on the North Course at Olympia Fields, trailing co-leaders Chella Choi (5-under 66) and Amy Yang (through 17 holes with play suspended for the day) by five shots. Lopez mostly focused on the mental game with Creamer, reminding her that it’s OK to miss shots.
“I tend to get a little bit too perfect,” said Creamer. “I think everybody has noticed that in my career. She just kind of tried to bring me back to where I should be.”
Creamer currently sits 19th on the Solheim Cup points list. The top eight automatically make the team. Two years ago, Creamer needed a captain’s pick from another mentor, Juli Inkster, to make the team in Germany and produced the Cup-winning point.
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