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Kerr Becomes Top American In LPGA's Career Earnings

Cristie Kerr achieved a new milestone during the LPGA's 2011 season. The Florida native surpassed Juli Inkster on the LPGA's Career Money List to become the top all-time American money winner.

Kerr is now No. 4 with career earnings of $13,531,142.75, while Inkster is No. 5 with career earnings of $13,394,109.98. Kerr was able to move past Inkster on the money list by $137,033 during the 2011 season.

While neither Kerr nor Inkster were tournament winners this year, Kerr finished second on the LPGA's 2011 Official Money List with season earnings of $1,470,979 in 22 tournaments. She also concluded the year as No. 3 in the Rolex Rankings with 12 top-10s, including three runner-up finishes in 2011.

Inkster recorded four top-10s this season and earned $298,123 in 20 events to finish 36th on the LPGA's 2011 Official Money List. Her best finish this year was a tie for fourth at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational presented by Banamex and Corona Light.

The LPGA's top career money winners are: 1. Annika Sorenstam of Sweden, with earnings of $22,573,192; 2. Karrie Webb of Australia, with earnings of $16,517,244.75; and Lorena Ochoa of Mexico, with earnings of $14,863,331. Of the top three players on the career money list, only Webb is currently active on the LPGA Tour.

Topics: Kerr, Cristie

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