Windemere’s Paula Creamer sank a 75-foot eagle putt on the second sudden-death playoff hole Sunday to win the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore.
Creamer defeated Spain's Azahara Munoz for her 10th career LPGA victory. The win stopped a 79-event drought for Creamer dating back to the 2010 U.S. Women's Open Championship.
“It might be one of my favorite wins, and that's taking a pretty big leap right there,” Creamer said. “But you know, it's been almost three years and you know, so much has happened. … That's why I love the game. I work hard for this reason. And holding that trophy, gosh, it was so nice.”
Creamer fired a 3-under 69 to force the playoff with Munoz, who finished with a 2-under 70. Both finished the final 18 holes tied for the lead at 10-under overall.
Hall of Famer Karrie Webb could have made it a three-way playoff if not for her late-round collapse. She had a three-shot lead after seven holes but fell out of contention when she bogeyed three of her final six holes, including the par-5 No. 18. She finished with a 74 and one shot out of the playoff.
“Just not a lot of good decisions,” Webb said. “I mean, bad swing on 15 but -- just bad decisions.”
Creamer and Munoz pared the first playoff hole. Creamer said she aggressively went for the green while Munoz laid up.
“Aza has been playing great and I knew she was not going to make a mistake, and I knew someone was going to have to make a birdie,” Creamer said. “It's a tough pin placement and decided to lay up in the second time in the playoff. I had a number and I trusted it, but you know, it's one of those things that, would you do it again, would you not; of course I would do what I did.”