Paula Creamer Hits Fan, Gives Watch
By mustang6560 on 3/19/12
Last year at the True South Classic (formerly the Viking Classic), the guy who was working the Shot Link Laser with me was pegged in the chest by Hunter Haas' tee shot on the par-5 fifth. As is customary on the PGA Tour, he received a signed Hunter Haas golf ball as a form of apology.

Unless you get hit by Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy, the signed piece of schwag has a higher sentimental value than monetary value. However, in the first round of the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, Paula Creamer hit a member of the gallery with her tee shot and offered the injured fan her Citizen Eco-Drive watch.
On Thursday, when an errant drive by Creamer hit a spectator, Creamer not only apologized but gave her the watch off her wrist, instead of the more customary signed glove.
I believe Paula wears the Citizen Eco-Drive Firenza model, which has an MSRP of $450. So it's not quite on the same level of Bubba Watson's $525,000+ Richard Mille watch, but $450 is $450. I would happily accept a $450 watch from Paula, mainly so I could rub it in kickntrue's face!

The above excerpt is from a piece in the Wall Street Journal detailing the past struggles, present opportunities and future challenges of the LPGA. It also talks about the difference between the PGA Tour and the LPGA. If you've got 5 minutes, it's worth a read.

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legitimatebeef says:
That Hunter Haas story pissed me off. Ohh yay, a golf ball signed by Hunter Haas. Some gesture. Just give the guy a new Titleist or better yet a sleeve. Sorry but when a Hunter Haas scribbles his name on a golf ball it is now worth less than the same ball with no signature.

And the Paula Creamer story kind of pisses me off too come to think of it. Giving away the watch is no skin off her back plus the skeptical side of me cannot ignore the fact that this "story" is giving Citizen watches a lot of cheap advertising. A better move would be to buy the guy a simple round of beers at the 19th hole after the round, now that would be a gesture worth writing about.

Sorry I just dislike how these kind of stories imply that we are supposed to be impressed with this stuff.
Duke of Hazards says:
it was a female fan that was struck and Paula gave her what appears to be a very nice diamond-studded (yes, I know they're chips) women's watch. that's infinitely better than a signed golf ball by some barely known journeyman player. yeah, there's a bit of marketing for Citizen, but it's win-win for everyone involved.
srogers13 says:
Guess you never have heard of Phil Mickelson putting hundred dollar bills in his autographed gloves when he plunks someone in the gallery. I think Bones holds the money during the round.
SpaceMaNy0 says:
If Phil autographed the Benji, would you spend it?
CeeBee says:
The watch is nice but I would settle for an autographed picture with her face nestled next to mine showing those pearly whites. Mmm....mmm.
mmontisano says:
Phil gave a spectator his Rolex once when his drive hit and shattered the watch they were wearing.

But Paula can afford to do this. It's unusual for her to miss a fairway, much less mishit it enough to peg a spectator.
bkuehn1952 says:
SpaceMaNy0 says:
If Phil autographed the Benji, would you spend it?

Which recalls a story about Sam Snead. Sam played a match with an amateur at the The Greenbrier and for once, the amateur came out ahead. Sam gave the guy his $20 and the amateur asked Sam to autograph the bill, which Sam did. The amateur exclaimed, "I am going to frame this and will never spend it." To which Sam replied, "If I had known that, I'd have written you a check."
meatball413 says:
the "read more" link opens a blank web page...
mustang6560 says:
@meatball413- Fixed.
Banker85 says:
@bkuehn: funny story!!
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