Player Spotlight: Cristie Kerr

Cristie Kerr enters this week's LPGA Tour Championship in the No. 3 spot on the Rolex Rankings. She owns two victories this season, including her wire-to-wire win at the LPGA Championship presented by Wegmans, in which she smoked the field by a 12-shot margin.

The Florida native can go low when it counts and she has a lifetime of experience on the Sunshine State's Bermuda-grass greens. Arriving on home turf makes Kerr a tough competitor, especially in a season in which she has posted 12 top-10 finishes in 20 events, including 10 finishes in the top five.

Kerr jumped into the race for the No. 1 ranking following her win at the LPGA Championship. That trip to the top marked the first time for an American player to reach the No. 1 spot since February 2006. She remained in that position for three weeks until Japan's Ai Miyazato regained the lead. Nearly a month later, Kerr fought back and regained the top position, but was again bounced out by Miyazato after her fifth win. Kerr was able to reclaim the top position for one more week, but Jiyai Shin charged to the top with a strong showing during the Tour's Asian tournament swing.

With season earnings of more than $1.5 million, Kerr is looking for one more chance to move into the No. 1 position in the Rolex Rankings. She owns a season scoring average of 69.86, holds the LPGA's second-highest birdie average, and is tied for first with a 1.74-stroke putting average for greens in regulation.

A 14-time winner on the LPGA Tour and a five-time U.S. Solheim Cup team member, Kerr has her eye set on the prize of winning this year's LPGA Tour Championship and finishing No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings.

The Rolex Rankings awards points based on the field strength and evaluate a player's performance over a rolling two-year period weighted in favor of the current year with emphasis on the most recent 13 weeks of competition. The LPGA Tour Championship will decide who will end the 2010 LPGA Tour season as the Rolex Rankings No. 1.

 

Topics: Kerr, Cristie

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