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The Loop

Ailing again, Creamer withdraws from Safeway

August 28, 2009

Paula Creamer's mysterious stomach issue has resurfaced and she withdrew from the Safeway Classic at Pumpkin Ridge CC near Portland, Ore. on Friday morning.Â

Creamer was first hit by the ailment at the ADT Championship last November and has suffered several others bouts earlier this year, the last in Phoenix in March. Creamer's medical team, headed by Dr. William Ruderman in Orlando, did extensive tests in April, including biopsies, and was able to rule out a variety of possible causes but was unable to figure out the source of the symptoms.Â

Creamer played in the Wednesday Pro-Am at the Safeway but then was unable to leave her room for 36 hours. Ruderman has been directing medical treatment during that time period.Â

If there is no improvement by Sunday Creamer will be flown back to Orlando and treated there, according to her father, Paul Creamer. Paula was one of the stars of the winning U.S. Team in last week's Solheim Cup. Her weight has been down this year between seven and 10 pounds and because of the weight loss and a curtailed workout program, she has been about one club shorter.Â

Creamer has been extremely consistent this year, finishing in the top-six eight times, but has yet to win. Still only 23 years old, Creamer already has eight LPGA victories.

--* Ron Sirak*