Rolex Rankings No. 4 Cristie Kerr fired a final-round 3-under 69 and overcame a two stroke deficit to win this year’s Lorena Ochoa Invitational
Cristie Kerr entered the day’s final round two-strokes behind second round leader Angela Stanford but carded six birdies and three bogeys to secure her first LPGA Tour victory in two years. The Floridian fired rounds of 67-69-67-69 to take home her 15th win on the LPGA. “It feels amazing,” said Kerr. “You know, coming in those last couple of holes it didn’t feel like I had won before. I kind of just squeaked in. I won by a shot, that’s all that it takes, I’ve lost plenty of tournaments by a shot, but winning by a shot feels a lot better.”
Coming into this week’s Lorena Ochoa Invitational Presented by Banamex and Jalisco Cristie Kerr had not won on the LPGA Tour since the 2010 Wegmans LPGA Championship. With nearly a two year hiatus from the winner’s circle, Kerr felt the pressure standing over her 4-foot par putt on the final hole which she needed to make to win.
“Yeah, I was nervous,” said Kerr. “I haven’t been in this position to win in a while. You know, to even have one putt to win, or two putts to win, I wasn’t nervous for messing up but it was hard to control the amount of adrenaline that was in my system. So I just tried to take some breaths and calm myself down and I still can’t believe how hard I hit that first putt. I gave the fans and myself a heart attack, but you know what I stayed in there mentally until the end you know, I tried to give it away but I wasn’t going to.”
After clinching her 15th career win, Kerr was overcome with emotion during the award’s ceremony when she thanked husband Erik Stevens for his support during a difficult two years.
“He’s been really encouraging, you know, my solid rock,” said Kerr. “Like never letting me doubt myself, always helping me to believe in myself and to move forward when things aren’t going well, this is great for us.”
With her victory, Kerr earned an all-inclusive stay for two at a Canyon Ranch resort. In a combined effort to promote health and overall well-being among Tour players, Canyon Ranch will provide every winner of an LPGA event with one all-inclusive stay at one of Canyon Ranch’s two destination resorts.
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