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Cristie Kerr Wins LPGA Championship, Ascends to #1 Ranking

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Cristie Kerr (Women's MyJoys) closed with a 6-under 66 Sunday to win the LPGA Championship in dominating fashion. Kerr led the first major championship of the season wire-to-wire and broke the tournament record for margin of victory, pulling away from the field by 12 strokes. It is her second career major championship and should be enough to ensure Kerr ascends to the #1 world ranking. 

“It feels awesome. There are no other words,” Kerr said Sunday. “I’ve always wanted to be the No. 1 player in the world. … I’m there now, but I have to prove that I deserve to be there. So there is still a lot of work ahead.”

Kerr began the final round with an eight-stroke lead on a humid, overcast day. She opened with six straight pars before birdieing three of her next four holes. She began celebrating while walking up the 18th fairway, having stuck her approach shot within 5 feet.

This was Kerr’s 14th win in 14 years on the tour. It’s also her second victory – and fourth top-three finish – this season after winning the State Farm Classic two weeks ago.

“I’m a pretty emotional person, and to be able to kind of harness that in a way, and channel it to playing well is amazing,” Kerr said. “I didn’t limit myself. I wanted to see how far I could take it. And I took it pretty far…I don’t think I could’ve played better.”

  • Domination... start to finish!

    And now the LPGA has a lady from the USA on the top. Well done Crisite!




  • USA! USA! She completely dominated the field!!  Another FJ Victory!!

  • What a tournament for her...she was completely focused and dominant...I really hope she continues to play like this for a long time as US womens golf needs a boost like this.

  • Congrats FJ & Cristie, Crisitie played a great tournament from start to finish, and broke tournament record. Also #1 in world ranking, this may be just what other American players and the LPGA need.

  • I can't believe that she won by 12. Almost to tiger's 2000 u.s. open record of 15...... Way to go

  • USA needed a female golfer to step up and show the world we can play too. Great playing Cristie!

  • Cristie Kerr number 1 and Paula Creamer winning the US Open.  We are proud of both of you!