Kerr and Tseng at Wegmans LPGA Championship

By Ward Clayton

Two of the most dominating individual performances in LPGA history have taken place the last two years at the Wegmans LPGA Championship as Cristie Kerr and Yani Tseng lapped the field in winning the first two major championships conducted at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y.

The 6,506-yard, par-72 Locust Hill course, designed by Seymour Dunn in 1927, became the site of the tournament in 2010 after hosting a LPGA event since 1977. Rain fell during each of the first two tournaments, softening the course, but keep in mind that no other players finished in double figures under par.

Both Kerr and Tseng were on huge rolls when they came to upstate New York. Kerr won two weeks before at the State Farm Classic, shooting a 63 on the way to a 22-under-par total. Tseng also won the State Farm two weeks prior with a 21-under total. Kerr's 2010 Wegmans victory moved her up to the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Women's World Rankings - the first American to hold that lofty position. Tseng entered the 2011 Wegmans LPGA Championship just weeks after assuming the No. 1 spot. Each player finished at 19-under par, tying the mark for the under-par total in an LPGA major (Dottie Pepper at the 1999 Kraft Nabisco Championship and Karen Stupples at the 2004 Women's British Open).

Kerr shared the first-round lead in 2010 after a 68 but 66s in the second and final rounds beat the field by 12 strokes. That was only two off the majors record 14-stroke margin of victory that Louise Suggs claimed in winning the 1949 U.S. Women's Open at Prince Georges Golf and Country Club in Landover, Md. The win supplanted Ai Miyazato as the world's top player. That is her most recent victory.

Tseng and her caddie made a friendly wager about the dinner tab late in the final round as to whether Yani could reach 20-under par. She barely missed a birdie putt on the final green to finish at 19-under. With her 10-stroke victory, Tseng, at age 22, became the youngest player to win four career major championships.

Topics: Player Feature, Wegmans LPGA Championship, Kerr, Cristie, Tseng, Yani

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