Paula Creamer faces tall climb to reach Olympics, ‘only goal’ for 2016


Paula Creamer is ranked No. 56 in the world and must jump at least 41 spots and pass at least 10 of the American women ahead of her by July 11 to qualify for the first Olympic golf tournament in 112 years.

“That’s really the only goal that I have,” Creamer said of the Olympics, according to “I know if I can make that team that means I would’ve had to have won and had to have a really good start. I’m very aware of what I need to do, and I had an amazing offseason.”

Creamer, the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open champion and former world No. 2, tied for fifth in her 2016 LPGA debut in January, matching her best finish on tour since her last win in February 2014.

She’s tied for ninth after two rounds of the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore this week but will need to do more to make a significant climb up the rankings.

The top four U.S. women ranked inside the top 15 on July 11 will qualify for the Rio Games. Full rankings are here.

Countrywomen Lexi Thompson and Stacy Lewis are in strong position for Olympic berths, ranked Nos. 3 and 4.

Michelle Wie, the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open champion, dropped to No. 40 this week, her lowest rank in nearly two years.

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