Cristie Kerr keeps defying the odds

Its not usual that a 39 year old golfer goes out and shoots the course record on the way to winning a 19th career LPGA tour tournament. Cristie Kerr is the exception. Many critics came to the conclusion that she would never be as dominant as she was in the year 2010, when she was the #1 player in the world.  In 2010, Kerr won two of the first 10 tournaments on the LPGA Tour, including the LGPA Championship, which she won by a record-breaking 12-stroke margin over the second-place finisher Song He Kim. As a result of this finish, she went to the top of the Women’s World Golf Ratings on June 28, 2010. Kerr held the position for three weeks before Ai Miyazato again regained the top ranking by a margin of 0.0006 average points. After that year Cristie found that it was much tougher to come by wins on the LPGA tour. She won once in 2015  at the CME Group Tour Championship but hasn’t seen much success since then.

Coming out this week at the LOTTE Championship presented by Hershey Cristie felt like this could be her week. She certainly showed her stuff, especially on Saturday when she went out and shot a course record of 62. Kerr shot 29 on the back nine, making a birdie on every hole with the exception of pars at holes No. 10 and 14. She’s now just three shots off leader Su-Yeon Jang entering the final round.

“Everybody (talks) about being in the zone, (but) I just kind of stayed out of my own way, which is what I have to do to have a chance (Saturday),” Kerr told “I hit it fine. I stayed out of my own way and I had a good time with my caddy, Brady. It was a lot of fun today.”

She certainly showed that she still has the skills to dominate the LPGA.

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Author: sportswille

Reformed ad agency guy. Sac Kings, PGA Tour, Pebble Beach, Aspen yielded fascination with sports business. Now teach at my alma mater, University of Texas Austin: Integrated Marketing, Social Media, Business and Law and Sports Audiences. 40 year streak of single digit handicap under severe pressure.

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