Kingsmill Championship Final Round Notes and Interviews

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Cristie Kerr holds the championship trophy after winning the Kingsmill Championship at Kingsmill Resort on May 5, 2013 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Kingsmill Championship
Kingsmill Resort, River Course
Williamsburg, Virginia
Final-Round Notes and Interviews
May 5, 2013

Cristie Kerr -12, Rolex Rankings No. 12
Suzann Pettersen -12, Rolex Rankings No. 5
Ariya Jutanugarn -10, Rolex Rankings No. 23
Inbee Park -8, Rolex Rankings No. 1

 

Sunday’s Final-round Recap

It was another fight to the finish in Williamsburg, Va. at the Kingsmill Championship, as Cristie Kerr outlasted Suzann Pettersen in a two-hole sudden death playoff for her 16th career victory. Kerr sank a two-foot par putt on the 18th hole to clinch the win and break into the winner’s circle for the third time at Kingsmill. Kerr, who shot a 2-under 69 in the final round, said she grinded out in regulation and felt lucky to even be in contention.

“I'm just so thrilled.  Honestly, the way I hit it today to even have a chance to win,” said Kerr. “I just made so many putts out there to save par and kind of save any momentum, and I started hitting it a little bit better late in the round just in time to make a ‑‑ catch up a couple shots.  Yeah, really hard fought, really hard fought.  I'm very happy.”

Kerr and Pettersen went head-to-head the entire final round that saw two ties and two lead changes throughout. Pettersen started two shots off the lead to start the day and got to work early with her first of four birdies on the par 5 3rd hole to reach within one stroke. Kerr found herself in some trouble on No. 5 and dropped her first of two shots of the day, providing the first tie for the lead with Pettersen at 9-under par.

Kerr made her first birdie of the day on the par 5 7th hole to reclaim the lead and made the turn up one shot at 10-under. The duo would exchange birdies on No. 12 before a two-shot swing came at the 14th hole, where Kerr carded her second bogey of the round and Pettersen with her third birdie of the day.

Kerr failed to convert on an eagle putt on the 15th and tapped in for birdie but Pettersen responded with her own three-foot birdie putt to maintain the lead. Kerr carded her fourth and final birdie of the day on the 16th hole to tie the lead again at 12-under. Both players failed to convert on birdie chances on the final two holes in regulation and brought a wave of deja-vu to the large crowds at Kingsmill Resort when they returned to the 18th hole for a sudden-death playoff.

Kerr missed a six-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win, but said the hiccup did not disturb her in the least bit.

“My confidence?  It didn't shake my confidence,” said Kerr. “I probably made 12 15‑footers today.  Missing one is probably law of averages.  It didn't really shake my confidence.  I was kind of disappointed that I wasn't able to just close it outright there because it was getting really cold and the monumental nine‑hole playoff between Paula and Jiyai last year, I didn't want that to happen,  So it was good to get another chance.  I absolutely roasted my tee shot the second playoff hole and hit a fairly good iron in there, maybe just blocked it a little bit, but she kind of stumbled a little bit and that's what you need to win a playoff.”

On the second playoff hole, Pettersen’s third shot from the back left fringe of the green failed to get the roll she was looking for and left her about 12 feet of work to save par. She failed to convert and dropped her first shot of the entire day, setting Kerr up to close out. Kerr sealed the deal with a two-foot par putt to earn her 16th career victory and improved her career playoff record to 3-2. She said the win was special because of the way she rallied toward the end of the round and kept her mental game intact.

“Yeah, it definitely makes it really sweet because I definitely didn't have the swing today until the end of the round,” said Kerr.  “Just couldn't stay centered, just moving a little quick, a little quick with my transition, maybe a little extra adrenaline been in the final round.  That's happened before.  When you're hitting it really well and like Suzann was, it's getting a lot of birdie opportunities, so when you have to make a lot of those par‑saving putts, it's do or die, whatever it takes. 

“I've won all sorts of different ways and this is definitely one of the sweeter ones because I didn't have the A game today and my mental game, you know, kept me in there and kept the momentum kind of going in the right direction and I just hung around until, you know, I could find a better swing and start hitting it a little better coming in.”

Seventeen year old Ariya Jutanugarn finished out her week on a strong note, carding one of the low rounds of the day of 5-under 66. The Thailand native carded six birdies, five coming on the back nine, and one bogey which moved her into a tie for third with Ilhee Lee. Rolex Rankings No. 2 Stacy Lewis shot 1-under 70 and finished at 9-under in a tie for fifth with playing partner Angela Stanford (-2). Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park trailed the duo in seventh place after a nice 4-under 67 in the final round.

Father-Daughter Day. Cristie Kerr’s 16th LPGA Tour win was a rather emotional one. After being in contention numerous times throughout her golf career when her father was able to watch from the sidelines, not a single one ended in a victory until today.

Even with the intensity of the sudden death playoff, Kerr said she had the utmost confidence she was going to come out as champion with him being there.

“I just wasn't going to lose, I wasn't going to lose, not today, not with my dad here,” said Kerr.

Shortly after sinking her putt to capture her third victory in Williamsburg, Kerr’s father Michael walked down to the 18th green to hug his daughter.  It had been the first time he had seen her win since Kerr was a junior golfer. 

“I mean, I think we just kind of cried and we were just really happy,” said Kerr. “I just said, you know, it's not only my day today, but it's his day.  It was really great.”

Another big finish: Seventeen-year-old Thailand native Ariya Jutanugarn racked up her fourth top-4 finish this week after another spectacular final round finish. Jutanugarn saw her two-round lead slip after carding six bogeys and three birdies in Saturday’s round.  She ended the round a tied for sixth and five strokes behind leader Cristie Kerr. 

With lots of movement in the leaderboard during Sunday’s final round, Jutanugarn nearly caught up to the leaders after carding five birdies on the back nine.  With a final round 5-under 66 Jutanugarn found herself in a tie for third along with South Korean Ilhee Lee. She says she happy with another solid finish in her fourth LPGA tournament appearance, but says this one was a great learning experience.

“Yeah, it very enjoyable because, you know, today's make me like really confident because I never played good in a windy, so it's my first day playing very good in a windy,” said Jutanugarn.

The Red, White and Blue: The countdown to the 2013 Solheim Cup is on and with nine events remaining to earn points toward the team, Texan Stacy Lewis continues to maintain a commanding lead in the race.

2013 U.S. Solheim Cup Point Standings

Rank     Player Name                 Points
1          Stacy Lewis                  764.00 
2          Cristie Kerr                    408.00 
3          Paula Creamer               379.50 
4          Angela Stanford            297.00 
5          Brittany Lincicome         215.00 
6          Lexi Thompson             174.00 
7          Lizette Salas                 168.00 
8          Jessica Korda               160.50 

The leaderboard showcased plenty of American flags this week with Cristi Kerr leading the pack, adding 30 points to her total and unseating Paula Creamer from the No. 2 position. Other Americans finishing inside the top 20 this week include Angela Stanford (T5), Stacy Lewis (T5), Gerina Piller (T9), Paula Creamer (T12), Katie Burnett (T12), Alison Walshe (T17), Lizette Salas (T17) and Jane Park (T20).

Spots nine and 10 on the 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup Team will be determined by the Rolex Rankings which will be updated on Monday morning. Additionally, U.S. Team Captain Meg Mallon will have two picks to round out the squad.

Kia Drive to the Top: Stacy Lewis tallies another top-10 finish this week and keeps her lead in the Kia Performance Awards “Drive to the Top” category for most top-10s. She now has seven top-10 finishes in nine events played this season. Lewis claimed the inaugural Kia Drive to the Top award in 2012 and drove away with a brand-new Kia Optima at the Tour’s season-finale at the CME Group Titleholders in Naples, Fla.

Golden ticket winners: Crisite Kerr, Ilhee Lee and Gerina Piller punched their "Ticket to CME Group Titleholders" at the LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf, each earning a spot in the season-ending CME Group Titleholders event, which will be held Nov. 21-24, 2012 in Naples, Fla. The third-annual CME Group Titleholders is a season finale with a field made up of three qualifiers from every LPGA Tour tournament.

Tweet of the Day: “Cristie Kerr playing w/ ‘Sexy’ That’s what she calls her putter, not playing partner Suzann Pettersen, who posed nude for ESPN Body Issue” --@RandallMellGC

Cristie Kerr, Rolex Rankings No. 12

MODERATOR:  I'd like to welcome in our 2013 Kingsmill Championship winner, Cristie Kerr.  Trifecta, number three.  Just take us through how you're feeling.  Obviously a very good win, very hard fought.  Just take us through your overall emotions right now.
CRISTIE KERR:  I'm just so thrilled.  Honestly, the way I hit it today to even have a chance to win.  I just made so many putts out there to save par and kind of save any momentum, and I started hitting it a little bit better late in the round just in time to make a ‑‑ catch up a couple shots.  Yeah, really hard fought, really hard fought.  I'm very happy.

MODERATOR:  Take us through playing with Suzann.  It's pretty much just back and forth with you guys, kind of a match play round, and the playoff, talk about playing with her and the intensity level.  Two of the probably biggest competitors on Tour, talk about playing with her.
CRISTIE KERR:  Yeah, I would say we're definitely two of the most intense on the golf course out there.  I was really, especially the way I was hitting it, I was really trying to focus hard on my game and trying to find my swing, so to speak, because it was a little bit off.  I wasn't very nervous at all, just the rhythm of it, you know, being in the final round and just trying to find my swing, and I did toward the end of the round.  I had to come up strong the last four or five holes and I did that, made some huge putts, a huge save on 17 as well, the up‑and‑down there. 

And then the playoff, kind of felt like a Solheim match out there a little bit and I just wasn't going to lose, I wasn't going to lose, not today, not with my dad here.  He had never seen me win.  I hit such a great iron in on the first playoff hole, it almost went in and then it was the only putt all day I didn't start on line, the only putt.  I couldn't be mad at myself because I made so many putts during the day and then I just tried to get another chance at it and she faltered on the second playoff hole and I just had to lag it down there because the putt she had was really difficult and it was great to come away with a win.

Q.  How much, if any, did missing that putt on the first extra hole shake your confidence at all?
CRISTIE KERR:  My confidence?  It didn't shake my confidence.  I probably made 12 15‑footers today.  Missing one is probably law of averages.  It didn't really shake my confidence.  I was kind of disappointed that I wasn't able to just close it outright there because it was getting really cold and the monumental nine‑hole playoff between Paula and Jiyai last year, I didn't want that to happen,  So it was good to get another chance.  I absolutely roasted my tee shot the second playoff hole and hit a fairly good iron in there, maybe just blocked it a little bit, but she kind of stumbled a little bit and that's what you need to win a playoff.

Q.  You said that you weren't going to lose no matter what.  How did that affect the way you kind of approached the playoff and were you more aggressive, more attacking or what?
CRISTIE KERR:  I mean, as good as I was putting, I really was just trying to get chances at it.  The 5‑iron I hit in the first playoff hole was just beautiful, it was the best shot I hit all day.  I saw where she hit her second shot in the second playoff hole and I just said give me a putt at it.  When she chipped it really short, I said, I've got to try and make this but I've got to try and be a little more on the conservative side because the putt she had in the playoff, you might make it one out of 10 times.  So I hit it a little softer than I wanted to but good enough to have a fairly short tap‑in putt to win.

Q.  Cristie, do you remember the year and the last tournament that your father did see you win before today?
CRISTIE KERR:  Junior golf, junior golf.  He's had both knees replaced, he travels a lot with his wife all over the world and, you know, it was just good to be able to get on the same schedule and get him here.  It was just great.

Q.  You said the 5-iron on the first playoff hole was the best shot you hit of the day.  Might the second best shot you hit have been your approach at 15 in regulation?
CRISTIE KERR:  Definitely, that was a beautiful hybrid.  You know, I hit a great putt there, too, and I barely hit it hard enough to keep it on the line and it lipped out on the low side.  But I was really just proud of the way I tried to just tend and take care of my own game today, especially with Suzann.  She likes to try and intimidate people out there, but I'm not really that easily intimidated so I just took care of my own game.

Q.  How does she try to intimidate people?
CRISTIE KERR:  I don't know, she just tries to, like, stare down the shots.  She does her own thing, so do I.  We know each other well enough to know that we're not going to intimidate each other out there.

Q.  So who is more intimidating, you or Suzann?
CRISTIE KERR:  I don't know, I probably shouldn't have said that.  She's a great competitor.  She's a fierce competitor.  She's amazing to play with, and in Solheim she's fierce.  You can never count her out, you can never ‑‑ I can't say enough about her, she's a great player.

Q.  Can you talk a little bit about your dad's role in your life, growing up, traveling with you the first few years on Tour and how that's evolved?
CRISTIE KERR:  Definitely both my parents were heavily involved in helping me become who I am.  My mom was kind of the one that stayed at home and took care of all the financial stuff and took care of all the stuff at home.  She didn't really like flying that much, being on airplanes.  Some people get scared of flying. 

And my dad was the one that traveled with me up until a couple years on Tour and I just said, hey, I've got to go and I've got to do it on my own.  My dad's been a schoolteacher for over 30 years and literally just retired in the last couple years and he's had more time to travel and come out to tournaments, so this is a dream come true for the both of us.

Q.  When did you start walking in your putts, like at what age did you start doing that?
CRISTIE KERR:  I don't know, probably a very young age.  I'm not sure.

Q.  How many times has your dad been to a tournament that you played?
CRISTIE KERR:  Oh, bunches of times.  In the last couple years, not so many because he's had both knees replaced, but a lot, a lot of tournaments.

Q.  Had you ever contended before with him there?
CRISTIE KERR:  Yeah, yeah, I finished ‑‑ God, I can't even remember the last time in the last couple years when he came.  I would have to go back and look at that.  But yes, I have contended.

Q.  Wanting him to see you win, had that become a stumbling block for you?  Was that something that would kind of get in your head and work on you a little bit?
CRISTIE KERR:  Well, I tried not to let it bother me or get in my head or put extra pressure on myself.  I thought about it a little bit more like before I hit that first putt in the playoff, 1st hole.  I thought about it a little bit more and I got a little emotional.  Maybe that's why I pushed it and didn't make it.  But the second time I was going to make sure, okay, I can think about that after, let's take care of what we've got to take care of right now.  Emotions are good, though.  We need emotions to play good.

Q.  How far was that first putt on the first playoff hole?
CRISTIE KERR:  Maybe five, six feet.

Q.  Second hole?
CRISTIE KERR:  The first one?  You mean the putt that I didn't get to the hole?

Q.  Yeah

CRISTIE KERR:  I don't know, maybe 22, 23 feet and I think I had about two feet left.  It was just really quick, and the chip that I hit in regulation got really by the hole and I didn't want to ‑‑ especially where she putted, I didn't want to run it by the hole and have a squeaker coming back.

Q.  Where and what did your dad teach, and I understand he's a Vietnam veteran, is that right?
CRISTIE KERR:  He is, he's a Vietnam vet.  He's in the room, you can ask him about it.  Yeah, I'm lucky to be here.  Out of 250 men in his company, I think 50 or 60 died the first year in Vietnam, so I'm lucky to be here at all.  What was the first question?  Oh, schoolteacher in Kendall, Miami.  He taught like not middle school, 5th, 6th grade for most of his career.

Q.  Cristie, you mentioned this right away, the fact that you had to make so many saving pars.  What was going on with your game, you know, before the green, and does that actually make the victory better because you had to mentally tough it out the way you did?
CRISTIE KERR:  Yeah, it definitely makes it really sweet because I definitely didn't have the swing today until the end of the round.  Just couldn't stay centered, just moving a little quick, a little quick with my transition, maybe a little extra adrenaline been in the final round.  That's happened before.  When you're hitting it really well and like Suzann was, it's getting a lot of birdie opportunities, so when you have to make a lot of those par‑saving putts, it's do or die, whatever it takes.  I've won all sorts of different ways and this is definitely one of the sweeter ones because I didn't have the A game today and my mental game, you know, kept me in there and kept the momentum kind of going in the right direction and I just hung around until, you know, I could find a better swing and start hitting it a little better coming in.

Q.  What did you tell your father when you hugged?
CRISTIE KERR:  I mean, I think we just kind of cried and we were just really happy.  I just said, you know, it's not only my day today, but it's his day.  It was really great.

Q.  As far as I understand, this tournament doesn't have a sponsor next year, so it's kind of up in the air.  We may be looking at the Cristie Kerr Invitational?  
CRISTIE KERR:  If I put all the money that I've won in this tournament together, maybe.  Gosh, I don't know, I just love it here.  This tournament deserves to be here and it deserves to be on our schedule.  Please write some nice things about Xanterra and all the other sponsors that helped.  It just deserves to be a premier event and it is in my mind obviously.  Everybody loves the golf course and where it is, you know.  It would be great if we could get another sponsor to step up.

MODERATOR:  All right.  Number 16, you have a lot of bigtime wins.  Where does this one rank or how special is this coming late enough in your career being one of the veterans on Tour?
CRISTIE KERR:  35‑year old veteran, okay.  They're all really special and they're all really different.  This is really sweet.

 Suzann Pettersen, Rolex Rankings No. 5

 SUZANN PETTERSEN:  I probably played my best today out of the four rounds.  Can't complain with how I played.  Left a few putts out there early and managed to make a few birdies coming in.  I had a chance to win outright on 18 in regulation and I hit a good putt, and I was just out of position the first playoff hole, I went a little bit ‑‑ it wasn't the easiest yardage I had on the 2nd hole.  But it was a good week.  Obviously it's disappointing to lose in the playoff, but there was a lot of good to take from it.

Q.  You didn't even drop a shot all round.  Did you feel going into the playoff that you had any type of momentum? How did you feel going into it having played so well in regulation?

SUZANN PETTERSEN:  No, I mean, I was hitting the ball good.  I think I missed one green or something, barely two.  Like I said, I hit all the shots I wanted to hit and I played good.  13 was the number I had in my head and it seems like that would have; I was one short of where I wanted to be, so that wasn't good enough.

Q.  Talk about just pretty much being in almost a match play scenario with Cristie.  Obviously you guys have played head to head several times,  you guys being two of the most fierce competitors on Tour, everybody felt the intensity, you could cut it like a knife.  Just talk about playing against her pretty much head to head throughout the day and into the playoff.

SUZANN PETTERSEN:  I didn't really pay attention to her game, I just stuck to my own game and my own team.  Cristie's (inaudible) on the course, you just try to stay out of her way.

Q.  I'm just looking at your scorecard here, backtoback birdies on 14 and 15.  Did you think that was going to be a super momentum giver, that you were just going to finish it out?

SUZANN PETTERSEN:  Well, I know she's not going to give up.  I know she's going to stuff it in there and then she hit it ‑‑ she was going to make that putt.  You try to win outright yourself making birdies and not trying to (inaudible.)  No, it was a good week, just got short at the very end.

Q.  Talk about the cart path shot, how did you decide on just taking it from there and not relief?

SUZANN PETTERSEN:  Well, it wasn't that bad.  I just felt that that was the best option instead of dropping it, just misjudged how the ball came out a little bit on the wind there.

Ariya Jutanugarn, Rolex Rankings No. 23

Q.  Just talk about your round today.  You had an awesome round.
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  You know, I played very good today but not on the front nine.  You know, normally I want to make a score in the front nine so when I like (indiscernible) the front nine today, I think I going to play like even because I don't (indiscernible) in the back nine so it's amazing for me to shot like 5‑under on the back nine.

Q.  What happened?  You just turned it on?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  I have like on 17, I have double, bogey, bogey, so I never had par, so today I had par on 17.  And on the back nine normally, you know, first day I shot 7‑under.  I played back nine only 1‑under.  For me back nine's harder than the front nine.

Q.  So you just started making putts basically?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  Yeah, today, make putt a lot and my chipping helped me a lot, too.  I make like chip‑in one time on par 3, I chip in, like chip like this close to make birdie.

Q.  Which hole was the chipin?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  Par 3, 13.

Q.  So were you paying attention to the leaderboard at all during that time?  Did you know where you stood?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  I just know a few hole like before I finish, leaderboard 2‑under.

Q.  So were you nervous at all?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  No.  You know, I never, like 17th hole because I never have par so I know every time I tee off on 17.

Q.  Did your sister give you any advice after yesterday's round?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  Yeah, yesterday she like, you know, like my putting is so bad yesterday so she tried to help me yesterday.

Q.  What did she say?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  You know, I pull normally so she say like ‑‑ (indiscernible.) 

Q.  What did you hit on your second shot on 18?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  18, 7.

Q.  7 iron?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  Yeah and I pushed it.  I just want to make par on the last hole (indiscernible.) 

Q.  What was it like playing with the No. 1 golfer in the world?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  It was so exciting.  I played with her before, I played with her like four years ago but practice round in Oakmont.  She very nice.  You know, like in the front nine I hit a lot farther than her but her irons are like so good and she made like putt everything, so she made me like want to practice my iron more.

Q.  So your sister's ‑‑ you're May, right?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  In Thailand everybody have a nickname, so I don't know, so my dad just call me May.

Q.  Since what age?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  When I one.

Q.  Since you won?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  When I born.

Q.  How would you rate your overall experience this weekend?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  What's that mean, like ‑‑

Q.  How was the experience of playing this weekend, the whole thing?  Did you enjoy yourself this week?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  Yeah, it very enjoyable because, you know, today's make me like really confident because I never played good in a windy, so it's my first day playing very good in a windy.

Q.  First good day in the wind?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  Yeah.

Q.  So do you think you'll go to Mobile for Monday qualifying?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  Yeah.

Q.  You're definitely going to do that?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  I'm definitely going to go.

Q.  One more question.  You're taller than your dad.  Where did you get your size from?  And your mom.
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  What's that mean?

Q.  Who else is tall in your family?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  No.

Q.  Just you?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  Yeah.  I think my grandfather tall.

Q.  When did you get taller than your dad?  What age?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  When?  Like three years ago, two years ago.

Q.  How much more difficult do you think the wind made this course?  Of course, you've never played the course, so you wouldn't know without the wind.
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  What's that mean?

Q.  How much harder do you think this course was because of the wind even though you hadn't played it?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  It very hard because the wind so ‑‑ sometime like when against the windy hit shorter and like iron have to go low, so it's hard.

Q.  How about the cold?  Were you cold?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  Not really, I'm fine.  For me it's not too cold.

Q.  Do you always wear red on Sunday?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  You know, my favorite color is red, so normally I wear red on Sunday.

Q.  I haven't seen your sister.  Is she wearing the same thing?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  I think so.  I can't remember. 

 

Inbee Park, Rolex Rankings No. 1

Q.  Just talk about your round today.  You got on a hot streak.
INBEE PARK:  Yeah, I had a great front nine.  It was a really good ball striking day, I hit everything within 15 feet on the back nine also but just missed everything when I had the line, I have the break.  It was just not my day.  Nothing would fall for me on the back nine.  It was aKingsmill Championship
Kingsmill Resort, River Course
Williamsburg, Virginia
Final-Round Notes and Interviews
May 5, 2013

Cristie Kerr -12, Rolex Rankings No. 12
Suzann Pettersen -12, Rolex Rankings No. 5
Ariya Jutanugarn -10, Rolex Rankings No. 23
Inbee Park -8, Rolex Rankings No. 1


Sunday’s Final-round Recap

It was another fight to the finish in Williamsburg, Va. at the Kingsmill Championship, as Cristie Kerr outlasted Suzann Pettersen in a two-hole sudden-death playoff for her 16th career victory. Kerr sank a two-foot par putt on the 18th to clinch the win and to break into the winner’s circle for the third time at Kingsmill. Kerr, who shot a 2-under 69 in the final round, said she grinded out in regulation and felt lucky to even be in contention.”

“I'm just so thrilled. Honestly, the way I hit it today to even have a chance to win,” said Kerr. “I just made so many putts out there to save par and kind of save any momentum, and I started hitting it a little bit better late in the round just in time to make a ‑‑ catch up a couple shots. Yeah, really hard fought, really hard fought. I'm very happy.”

Kerr and Pettersen went head-to-head the entire final round that saw two ties and two lead changes throughout. Pettersen started two shots off the lead to start the day and got to work early with her first of four birdies on the par 5 3rd hole to reach within one. Kerr found herself in some trouble on No. 5 and dropped her first of two shots of the day, providing the first tie for the lead with Pettersen at 9-under par.

Kerr made her first birdie of the day on the par 5 7th hole to reclaim the lead and made the turn up one shot at 10-under. The duo would exchange birdies on No. 12 before a two-shot swing came at the 14th hole, where Kerr carded her second bogey of the round and Pettersen with her third birdie of the day.

Kerr failed to convert on an eagle putt on the 15th and tapped in for birdie but Pettersen responded with her own three-foot birdie putt to maintain the lead. Kerr carded her fourth and final birdie of the day on the 16th hole to tie the lead again at 12-under. Both players failed to convert on birdie chances on the final two holes in regulation and brought a wave of deja-vu to the large crowds at Kingsmill Resort when the returned to the 18th hole for a sudden-death playoff.

Kerr missed a six-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win, but said the hiccup did not disturb her in the least bit.

“My confidence? It didn't shake my confidence,” said Kerr. “I probably made 12 15‑footers today. Missing one is probably law of averages. It didn't really shake my confidence. I was kind of disappointed that I wasn't able to just close it outright there because it was getting really cold and the monumental nine‑hole playoff between Paula and Jiyai last year, I didn't want that to happen, So it was good to get another chance. I absolutely roasted my tee shot the second playoff hole and hit a fairly good iron in there, maybe just blocked it a little bit, but she kind of stumbled a little bit and that's what you need to win a playoff.”

On the second playoff hole, Pettersen’s third shot from the back left fringe of the green failed to get the roll she was looking for and left her about 12 feet of work to save par. She failed to convert and dropped her first shot of the entire day, setting Kerr up to close out. Kerr sealed the deal with a two-foot par putt to earn her 16th career victory and improved her career playoff record to 3-2. She said the win was special because of the way she rallied toward the end of the round and kept her mental game in tact.

“Yeah, it definitely makes it really sweet because I definitely didn't have the swing today until the end of the round,” said Kerr. “Just couldn't stay centered, just moving a little quick, a little quick with my transition, maybe a little extra adrenaline been in the final round. That's happened before. When you're hitting it really well and like Suzann was, it's getting a lot of birdie opportunities, so when you have to make a lot of those par‑saving putts, it's do or die, whatever it takes.

“I've won all sorts of different ways and this is definitely one of the sweeter ones because I didn't have the A game today and my mental game, you know, kept me in there and kept the momentum kind of going in the right direction and I just hung around until, you know, I could find a better swing and start hitting it a little better coming in.”

Seventeen year old Ariya Jutanugarn finished out her week on a strong note, carding one of the low rounds of the day of 5-under 66. The Thailand native carded six birdies, five coming on the back nine, and one bogey which moved her into a tie for third with Ilhee Lee. Rolex Rankings No. 2 Stacy Lewis shot 1-under 70 and finished at 9-under in a tie for fifth with playing partner Angela Stanford (-2). Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park trailed the duo in seventh place after a nice 4-under 67 in the final round.

Father-Daughter Day. Cristie Kerr’s 16th LPGA Tour win was a rather emotional one. After being in contention numerous times throughout her golf career when her father was able to watch from the sidelines, not a single one ended in a victory until today.

Even with the intensity of the sudden death playoff, Kerr said she had the utmost confidence she was going to come out as champion with him being there.

“I just wasn't going to lose, I wasn't going to lose, not today, not with my dad here,” said Kerr.

Shortly after sinking her putt to capture her third victory in Williamsburg, Kerr’s father Michael walked down to the 18th green to hug his daughter. It had been the first time he had seen her win since Kerr was a junior golfer.

“I mean, I think we just kind of cried and we were just really happy,” said Kerr. “I just said, you know, it's not only my day today, but it's his day. It was really great.”

The Red, White and Blue: The countdown to the 2013 Solheim Cup is on and with nine events remaining to earn points toward the team, Texan Stacy Lewis continues to maintain a commanding lead in the race.

2013 U.S. Solheim Cup Point Standings

Rank Player Name Points
1 Stacy Lewis 764.00
2 Cristie Kerr 408.00
3 Paula Creamer 379.50
4 Angela Stanford 297.00
5 Brittany Lincicome 215.00
6 Lexi Thompson 174.00
7 Lizette Salas 168.00
8 Jessica Korda 160.50

The leaderboard showcased plenty of American flags this week with Cristi Kerr leading the pack, adding 30 points to her total and unseating Paula Creamer from the No. 2 position. Other Americans finishing inside the top 20 this week include Angela Stanford (T5), Stacy Lewis (T5), Gerina Piller (T9), Paula Creamer (T12), Katie Burnett (T12), Alison Walshe (T17), Lizette Salas (T17) and Jane Park (T20).

Spots nine and 10 on the 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup Team will be determined by the Rolex Rankings which will be updated on Monday morning. Additionally, U.S. Team Captain Meg Mallon will have two picks to round out the squad.

Kia Drive to the Top: Stacy Lewis tallies another top-10 finish this week and keeps her lead in the Kia Performance Awards “Drive to the Top” category for most top-10s. She now has seven top-10 finishes in nine events played this season. Lewis claimed the inaugural Kia Drive to the Top award in 2012 and drove away with a brand-new Kia Optima at the Tour’s season-finale at the CME Group Titleholders in Naples, Fla.

Golden ticket winners: Crisite Kerr, Ilhee Lee and Gerina Piller punched their "Ticket to CME Group Titleholders" at the LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf, each earning a spot in the season-ending CME Group Titleholders event, which will be held Nov. 21-24, 2012 in Naples, Fla. The third-annual CME Group Titleholders is a season finale with a field made up of three qualifiers from every LPGA Tour tournament.

Tweet of the Day: “Cristie Kerr playing w/ ‘Sexy’ That’s what she calls her putter, not playing partner Suzann Pettersen, who posed nude for ESPN Body Issue” --@RandallMellGC

Cristie Kerr, Rolex Rankings No. 12

MODERATOR: I'd like to welcome in our 2013 Kingsmill Championship winner, Cristie Kerr. Trifecta, number three. Just take us through how you're feeling. Obviously a very good win, very hard fought. Just take us through your overall emotions right now.
CRISTIE KERR: I'm just so thrilled. Honestly, the way I hit it today to even have a chance to win. I just made so many putts out there to save par and kind of save any momentum, and I started hitting it a little bit better late in the round just in time to make a ‑‑ catch up a couple shots. Yeah, really hard fought, really hard fought. I'm very happy.

MODERATOR: Take us through playing with Suzann. It's pretty much just back and forth with you guys, kind of a match play round, and the playoff, talk about playing with her and the intensity level. Two of the probably biggest competitors on Tour, talk about playing with her.
CRISTIE KERR: Yeah, I would say we're definitely two of the most intense on the golf course out there. I was really, especially the way I was hitting it, I was really trying to focus hard on my game and trying to find my swing, so to speak, because it was a little bit off. I wasn't very nervous at all, just the rhythm of it, you know, being in the final round and just trying to find my swing, and I did toward the end of the round. I had to come up strong the last four or five holes and I did that, made some huge putts, a huge save on 17 as well, the up‑and‑down there.

And then the playoff, kind of felt like a Solheim match out there a little bit and I just wasn't going to lose, I wasn't going to lose, not today, not with my dad here. He had never seen me win. I hit such a great iron in on the first playoff hole, it almost went in and then it was the only putt all day I didn't start on line, the only putt. I couldn't be mad at myself because I made so many putts during the day and then I just tried to get another chance at it and she faltered on the second playoff hole and I just had to lag it down there because the putt she had was really difficult and it was great to come away with a win.

Q. How much, if any, did missing that putt on the first extra hole shake your confidence at all?
CRISTIE KERR: My confidence? It didn't shake my confidence. I probably made 12 15‑footers today. Missing one is probably law of averages. It didn't really shake my confidence. I was kind of disappointed that I wasn't able to just close it outright there because it was getting really cold and the monumental nine‑hole playoff between Paula and Jiyai last year, I didn't want that to happen, So it was good to get another chance. I absolutely roasted my tee shot the second playoff hole and hit a fairly good iron in there, maybe just blocked it a little bit, but she kind of stumbled a little bit and that's what you need to win a playoff.

Q. You said that you weren't going to lose no matter what. How did that affect the way you kind of approached the playoff and were you more aggressive, more attacking or what?
CRISTIE KERR: I mean, as good as I was putting, I really was just trying to get chances at it. The 5‑iron I hit in the first playoff hole was just beautiful, it was the best shot I hit all day. I saw where she hit her second shot in the second playoff hole and I just said give me a putt at it. When she chipped it really short, I said, I've got to try and make this but I've got to try and be a little more on the conservative side because the putt she had in the playoff, you might make it one out of 10 times. So I hit it a little softer than I wanted to but good enough to have a fairly short tap‑in putt to win.

Q. Cristie, do you remember the year and the last tournament that your father did see you win before today?
CRISTIE KERR: Junior golf, junior golf. He's had both knees replaced, he travels a lot with his wife all over the world and, you know, it was just good to be able to get on the same schedule and get him here. It was just great.

Q. You said the 5-iron on the first playoff hole was the best shot you hit of the day. Might the second best shot you hit have been your approach at 15 in regulation?
CRISTIE KERR: Definitely, that was a beautiful hybrid. You know, I hit a great putt there, too, and I barely hit it hard enough to keep it on the line and it lipped out on the low side. But I was really just proud of the way I tried to just tend and take care of my own game today, especially with Suzann. She likes to try and intimidate people out there, but I'm not really that easily intimidated so I just took care of my own game.

Q. How does she try to intimidate people?
CRISTIE KERR: I don't know, she just tries to, like, stare down the shots. She does her own thing, so do I. We know each other well enough to know that we're not going to intimidate each other out there.

Q. So who is more intimidating, you or Suzann?
CRISTIE KERR: I don't know, I probably shouldn't have said that. She's a great competitor. She's a fierce competitor. She's amazing to play with, and in Solheim she's fierce. You can never count her out, you can never ‑‑ I can't say enough about her, she's a great player.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about your dad's role in your life, growing up, traveling with you the first few years on Tour and how that's evolved?
CRISTIE KERR: Definitely both my parents were heavily involved in helping me become who I am. My mom was kind of the one that stayed at home and took care of all the financial stuff and took care of all the stuff at home. She didn't really like flying that much, being on airplanes. Some people get scared of flying.

And my dad was the one that traveled with me up until a couple years on Tour and I just said, hey, I've got to go and I've got to do it on my own. My dad's been a schoolteacher for over 30 years and literally just retired in the last couple years and he's had more time to travel and come out to tournaments, so this is a dream come true for the both of us.

Q. When did you start walking in your putts, like at what age did you start doing that?
CRISTIE KERR: I don't know, probably a very young age. I'm not sure.

Q. How many times has your dad been to a tournament that you played?
CRISTIE KERR: Oh, bunches of times. In the last couple years, not so many because he's had both knees replaced, but a lot, a lot of tournaments.

Q. Had you ever contended before with him there?
CRISTIE KERR: Yeah, yeah, I finished ‑‑ God, I can't even remember the last time in the last couple years when he came. I would have to go back and look at that. But yes, I have contended.

Q. Wanting him to see you win, had that become a stumbling block for you? Was that something that would kind of get in your head and work on you a little bit?
CRISTIE KERR: Well, I tried not to let it bother me or get in my head or put extra pressure on myself. I thought about it a little bit more like before I hit that first putt in the playoff, 1st hole. I thought about it a little bit more and I got a little emotional. Maybe that's why I pushed it and didn't make it. But the second time I was going to make sure, okay, I can think about that after, let's take care of what we've got to take care of right now. Emotions are good, though. We need emotions to play good.

Q. How far was that first putt on the first playoff hole?
CRISTIE KERR: Maybe five, six feet.

Q. Second hole?
CRISTIE KERR: The first one? You mean the putt that I didn't get to the hole?

Q. Yeah

CRISTIE KERR: I don't know, maybe 22, 23 feet and I think I had about two feet left. It was just really quick, and the chip that I hit in regulation got really by the hole and I didn't want to ‑‑ especially where she putted, I didn't want to run it by the hole and have a squeaker coming back.

Q. Where and what did your dad teach, and I understand he's a Vietnam veteran, is that right?
CRISTIE KERR: He is, he's a Vietnam vet. He's in the room, you can ask him about it. Yeah, I'm lucky to be here. Out of 250 men in his company, I think 50 or 60 died the first year in Vietnam, so I'm lucky to be here at all. What was the first question? Oh, schoolteacher in Kendall, Miami. He taught like not middle school, 5th, 6th grade for most of his career.

Q. Cristie, you mentioned this right away, the fact that you had to make so many saving pars. What was going on with your game, you know, before the green, and does that actually make the victory better because you had to mentally tough it out the way you did?
CRISTIE KERR: Yeah, it definitely makes it really sweet because I definitely didn't have the swing today until the end of the round. Just couldn't stay centered, just moving a little quick, a little quick with my transition, maybe a little extra adrenaline been in the final round. That's happened before. When you're hitting it really well and like Suzann was, it's getting a lot of birdie opportunities, so when you have to make a lot of those par‑saving putts, it's do or die, whatever it takes. I've won all sorts of different ways and this is definitely one of the sweeter ones because I didn't have the A game today and my mental game, you know, kept me in there and kept the momentum kind of going in the right direction and I just hung around until, you know, I could find a better swing and start hitting it a little better coming in.

Q. What did you tell your father when you hugged?
CRISTIE KERR: I mean, I think we just kind of cried and we were just really happy. I just said, you know, it's not only my day today, but it's his day. It was really great.

Q. As far as I understand, this tournament doesn't have a sponsor next year, so it's kind of up in the air. We may be looking at the Cristie Kerr Invitational?
CRISTIE KERR: If I put all the money that I've won in this tournament together, maybe. Gosh, I don't know, I just love it here. This tournament deserves to be here and it deserves to be on our schedule. Please write some nice things about Xanterra and all the other sponsors that helped. It just deserves to be a premier event and it is in my mind obviously. Everybody loves the golf course and where it is, you know. It would be great if we could get another sponsor to step up.

MODERATOR: All right. Number 16, you have a lot of big‑time wins. Where does this one rank or how special is this coming late enough in your career being one of the veterans on Tour?
CRISTIE KERR: 35‑year old veteran, okay. They're all really special and they're all really different. This is really sweet.

Suzann Pettersen, Rolex Rankings No. 5

SUZANN PETTERSEN: I probably played my best today out of the four rounds. Can't complain with how I played. Left a few putts out there early and managed to make a few birdies coming in. I had a chance to win outright on 18 in regulation and I hit a good putt, and I was just out of position the first playoff hole, I went a little bit ‑‑ it wasn't the easiest yardage I had on the 2nd hole. But it was a good week. Obviously it's disappointing to lose in the playoff, but there was a lot of good to take from it.

Q. You didn't even drop a shot all round. Did you feel going into the playoff that you had any type of momentum or how did you feel just through the whole round coming into the playoff?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: No, I mean, I was hitting the ball good. I think I missed one green or something, barely two. Like I said, I hit all the shots I wanted to hit and I played good. 13 was the number I had in my head and it seems like that would have; I was one short of where I wanted to be, so that wasn't good enough.

Q. Talk about just pretty much being in almost a match play scenario with Cristie. Obviously you guys have played head to head several times, but probably you guys being two of the most fierce competitors on Tour, everybody felt the intensity, you could cut it like a knife. Just talk about playing against her pretty much head to head throughout the day and into the playoff.
SUZANN PETTERSEN: I didn't really pay attention to her game, I just stuck to my own game and my own team. Cristie's (inaudible) on the course, you just try to stay out of her way.

Q. I'm just looking at your scorecard here, back‑to‑back birdies on 14 and 15. Did you think that was going to be a super momentum giver, that you were just going to finish it out?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Well, I know she's not going to give up. I know she's going to stuff it in there and then she hit it ‑‑ she was going to make that putt. You try to win outright yourself making birdies and not trying to (inaudible.) No, it was a good week, just got short at the very end.

Q. Talk about the cart path shot, how did you decide on just taking it from there and not relief?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Well, it wasn't that bad. I just felt that that was the best option instead of dropping it, just misjudged how the ball came out a little bit on the wind there.


Ariya Jutanugarn, Rolex Rankings No. 23

Q. Just talk about your round today. You had an awesome round.
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: You know, I played very good today but not on the front nine. You know, normally I want to make a score in the front nine so when I like (indiscernible) the front nine today, I think I going to play like even because I don't (indiscernible) in the back nine so it's amazing for me to shot like 5‑under on the back nine.

Q. What happened? You just turned it on?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: I have like on 17, I have double, bogey, bogey, so I never had par, so today I had par on 17. And on the back nine normally, you know, first day I shot 7‑under. I played back nine only 1‑under. For me back nine's harder than the front nine.

Q. So you just started making putts basically?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Yeah, today, make putt a lot and my chipping helped me a lot, too. I make like chip‑in one time on par 3, I chip in, like chip like this close to make birdie.

Q. Which hole was the chip‑in?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Par 3, 13.

Q. So were you paying attention to the leaderboard at all during that time? Did you know where you stood?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: I just know a few hole like before I finish, leaderboard 2‑under.

Q. So were you nervous at all?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: No. You know, I never, like 17th hole because I never have par so I know every time I tee off on 17.

Q. Did your sister give you any advice after yesterday's round?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Yeah, yesterday she like, you know, like my putting is so bad yesterday so she tried to help me yesterday.

Q. What did she say?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: You know, I pull normally so she say like ‑‑ (indiscernible.)

Q. What did you hit on your second shot on 18?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: 18, 7.

Q. 7 iron?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Yeah and I pushed it. I just want to make par on the last hole (indiscernible.)

Q. What was it like playing with the No. 1 golfer in the world?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: It was so exciting. I played with her before, I played with her like four years ago but practice round in Oakmont. She very nice. You know, like in the front nine I hit a lot farther than her but her irons are like so good and she made like putt everything, so she made me like want to practice my iron more.

Q. So your sister's ‑‑ you're May, right?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: In Thailand everybody have a nickname, so I don't know, so my dad just call me May.

Q. Since what age?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: When I one.

Q. Since you won?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: When I born.

Q. How would you rate your overall experience this weekend?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: What's that mean, like ‑‑

Q. How was the experience of playing this weekend, the whole thing? Did you enjoy yourself this week?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Yeah, it very enjoyable because, you know, today's make me like really confident because I never played good in a windy, so it's my first day playing very good in a windy.

Q. First good day in the wind?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Yeah.

Q. So do you think you'll go to Mobile for Monday qualifying?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Yeah.

Q. You're definitely going to do that?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: I'm definitely going to go.

Q. One more question. You're taller than your dad. Where did you get your size from? And your mom.
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: What's that mean?

Q. Who else is tall in your family?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: No.

Q. Just you?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Yeah. I think my grandfather tall.

Q. When did you get taller than your dad? What age?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: When? Like three years ago, two years ago.

Q. How much more difficult do you think the wind made this course? Of course, you've never played the course, so you wouldn't know without the wind.
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: What's that mean?

Q. How much harder do you think this course was because of the wind even though you hadn't played it?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: It very hard because the wind so ‑‑ sometime like when against the windy hit shorter and like iron have to go low, so it's hard.

Q. How about the cold? Were you cold?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Not really, I'm fine. For me it's not too cold.

Q. Do you always wear red on Sunday?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: You know, my favorite color is red, so normally I wear red on Sunday.

Q. I haven't seen your sister. Is she wearing the same thing?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: I think so. I can't remember.


Inbee Park, Rolex Rankings No. 1

Q. Just talk about your round today. You got on a hot streak.
INBEE PARK: Yeah, I had a great front nine. It was a really good ball striking day, I hit everything within 15 feet on the back nine also but just missed everything when I had the line, I have the break. It was just not my day. Nothing would fall for me on the back nine. It was a tough day. I definitely had a chance out there, I think I missed within 10‑footer No. 9 through 14 so there's five right there. It was just not my day today. I played very good on the front nine and really good ball striking, so that's why I'm satisfied.

Q. What was it like playing with Ariya today?
INBEE PARK: You know, she just doesn't think about it that much and just bombs it 50 yards past me. She's playing really easy out here. She has big advantage with the distance around this golf course and she's hitting wedges out here when we're hitting like 7‑irons and it's just ‑‑ there's no doubt about that, she can definitely compete out here with us.

Q. Are you going to Mobile?
INBEE PARK: No, I'm not playing Mobile.

Q. So are you taking the next couple weeks off?
INBEE PARK: Yeah, I'm going back to Japan and playing one and I take one week off after that in Korea.
tough day.  I definitely had a chance out there, I think I missed within 10‑footer No. 9 through 14 so there's five right there.  It was just not my day today.  I played very good on the front nine and really good ball striking, so that's why I'm satisfied.

Q.  What was it like playing with Ariya today?
INBEE PARK:  You know, she just doesn't think about it that much and just bombs it 50 yards past me.  She's playing really easy out here.  She has big advantage with the distance around this golf course and she's hitting wedges out here when we're hitting like 7‑irons and it's just ‑‑ there's no doubt about that, she can definitely compete out here with us.

Q.  Are you going to Mobile?
INBEE PARK:  No, I'm not playing Mobile.

Q.  So are you taking the next couple weeks off?
INBEE PARK:  Yeah, I'm going back to Japan and playing one and I take one week off after that in Korea.  


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