ORLANDO, Fla. -- Paula Creamer is nothing if not prescient.
She spent a half-hour after the third round of the LPGA season finale on the putting green Saturday night, working on testy little left-to-right putts.
Sunday, it seemed like that's all she saw.
Her prep work notwithstanding, just like the season as a whole, everything mostly broke left-to-wrong.
Creamer, 25, came up two shots short at the CME Group Titleholders at Grand Cypress Resort, finishing in a tie for second behind first-time winner and largely unknown Hee Young Park of South Korea.
"Every single putt I had today was a left-to-righter," Creamer said. "So just in a weird way, you have one thing that you've been really working on and you're constantly going against it."
That goes double for 2011 in general, a compilation of what-ifs and might-have-beens. With yet another week of frustration, Sunday marked the completion of a second winless season in three years for Creamer, one of the biggest stars in the game, and arguably the most talented American at world No. 7.
It was a fitting end, really. Playing in the penultimate group and two shots off the lead after 54 holes, Creamer three-jacked the second hole from four feet, then missed a three-footer for birdie after a perfect tee shot on the par-3 fourth.
"I wanted it too badly, probably," she said.
Five shots behind at the turn, Creamer birdied Nos. 11, 13 and 14 to crawl back within two strokes of the surprisingly unflappable Park, 25, but the latter never blinked.
It marked Creamer's seventh top-five finish of the year and her second runner-up result. Denied, right to the very end.
"I gave myself a lot of chances," Creamer said. "I have to be very proud of myself after the start I got off to, to finish where I did."
Creamer already has nine LPGA wins, but only one in the past three years, as she's struggled with assorted physical ailments, like a bad wrist and stomach issues. For a player of her ability, that's an eye-popping statistic. In terms of talent, and certainly popularity, she's clearly a top-five-caliber player.
This year, she's been tweaking her swing, which certainly looked solid on Sunday. But she putted like another famous, former Isleworth resident.
"I gave myself countless opportunities, and that's all I can ask for," said Creamer, who shot a 2-under 70. "Just have to work on those putts."
There wasn't much wrong with the rest of her 13-club tool set. But the Titleholders has come and gone, and she holds no title yet again.
"It's been a year of definitely just, almost there, but not quite good enough for a lot of things," she said. "But I look at it, and these last couple tournaments I definitely played a lot better. My attitude on the golf course this year was 100 times better than I believe it's ever been.
"Confidence-wise, I think that I'm a little bit back, and when you struggle your confidence tends to go away, and these last couple events I've definitely gotten that back."
Creamer, 25, is playing one more offshore event in Taiwan in two weeks, then is shutting it down for the rest of the year and planning on doing some traveling and decompressing.
"I'm really looking forward to the offseason," she said. "I want to win. I want to be the best, and I know what it takes. Unfortunately I didn't win this year, but next year is another year."
Another one, hopefully unlike the other one.