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Paula Creamer visits Carnoustie ahead of Ricoh Women's Open
July 21, 2011

Former US Women's Open champion, Paula Creamer, will have a head start over most of her rivals when she tees up in next week's Ricoh Women's British Open, being played for the first time over the Championship course at Carnoustie.

Creamer, who is a worldwide Ambassador for Ricoh, visited the Angus town last weekend and played two rounds over the Championship course before flying over to France for this week's Evian Masters tournament at Evian-Les Bains.

The Californian golfer who is currently No. 8 on the Rolex World Ranking, and has won nine times on the LPGA Tour and twice on the Japan LPGA Tour, admitted she loves Scotland and was very impressed by what she saw on her first visit to Carnoustie.

"I love coming here and playing links golf. It's very exciting," she said.

"The people here are so welcoming. They love watching golf. They come to watch in big numbers and make you feel very much at home.

"I played my first round at Carnoustie yesterday and thought it was great," she added. "There's nothing tricked up about it, what you see is what you get."

"What surprised me was how long and narrow the greens were. It's a driver's golf course. Today, the wind wasn't bad, but I'm sure it could get tough even if it gets up a little bit."

Creamer's best performance to date at a Ricoh Women's British Open came in 2009 when she finished tied third behind Scot, Catriona Matthew, at Royal Lytham & St Annes. Last year at Royal Birkdale, fresh from her triumph at the US Open, she ended up in a share of 21 st place.

This year's Championship, which starts on Thursday July 28 th and concludes on Sunday July 31 st , has attracted a strong international field including all top-15 golfers on the Rolex World Ranking.

Joining Creamer are  defending champion and No. 1 on the Rolex World Ranking Yani Tseng, Stacy Lewis, winner of the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship, So Yeon Ryu, the young Korean who recently succeeded Creamer as the US Women's Open champion, plus former champions, Jiyai Shin, Karrie Webb and Laura Davies.

Also on hand will be World No. 2, Cristie Kerr, World No. 3, Suzann Pettersen and World No. 11, Michelle Wie, who are all bidding to win their first Ricoh Women's British Open title.

The home challenge is spearheaded by 2009 Ricoh Women's British Open champion, Matthew, from down the East course at North Berwick, who was recently signed up as the first Global Ambassador for the Carnoustie Country brand and who also made a recent trip to Angus play the Championship course.

"A lot of the girls in the States have been talking about Carnoustie and asking me what it's like," she said. "They have seen it on TV and are excited to be coming over here to play.

"It's going to be tough," she added, "although much will depend on what sort of wind we get. But it certainly looks like the course will be in great shape. I'm looking forward to getting started."

Tickets for the 2011 Ricoh Women's British Open can be purchased in advance by phoning 0844 3388 000 or are available at the gate on the day. Adult one day tickets cost £22 (Concessions £17). Adult season tickets are prices at £55 (Concessions £45). Admission for Under-16s is free. 

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