Rolex Rankings No. 2 and 14-time LPGA Tour winner Cristie Kerr teamed up with three-time PGA Tour winner Hunter Mahan to win Notah Begay's NB3 Foundation Challenge at Turning Stone Resort's Atunoyte Golf Club in Vernon, New York. Kerr and Mahan overcame a four-stroke deficit after 10 holes to defeat the team of LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member Annika Sorentsam and PGA Tour rookie Rickie Fowler.
Kerr and Mahan shared the $100,000 first-place prize. Sorenstam and Fowler finished in second place with an eight-under par 64, followed by the team of six-time LPGA tour winner Suzann Pettersen and World Golf Hall of Fame member and 34-time PGA Tour winner Vijay Singh who posted a six-under 66.
Sorenstam and Fowler jumped off to a hot start with three birdies and an eagle in the first eight holes, but they could not match the back-nine birdie barrage of team Kerr and Mahan. After bogeying the 10th, Kerr made birdie on the par-3 11th, Mahan birdied the par-5 12th, Kerr birdied the 13th and both players birdied the 14th. After carding a par on the 15th hole, Kerr birdied 16 and 17, and Mahan capped off the round with a birdie on the final hole for a 10-under par 62.
The Third Annual NB3 Foundation Challenge raised $1.25 million for the Notah Begay Foundation. Begay, who is the only full-blooded Native American on the PGA Tour, established the foundation with his father in 2005. The foundation's mission is to promote the health, wellness and youth development of Native American children.
Begay changed the format of this year's challenge to include six LPGA stars to compete alongside PGA Tour players in a best ball format. More than 3,000 fans attended the event. The tournament marked a rare competitive appearance for both Sorenstam and 27-time winner Lorena Ochoa. Ochoa announced her retirement from full-time competitive play earlier this year.
Results: Cristie Kerr and Hunter Mahan, 62; Annika Sorenstam and Rickie Fowler, 64; Suzann Pettersen and Vijay Singh, 66; Anna Rawson and Camilo Villegas, 67; Morgan Pressel and Anthony Kim, 68; Lorena Ochoa and Notah Begay, 69.
Topics: Kerr, Cristie