Last week Cristie Kerr finished strong while the other contenders stumbled and Kerr won the Michelob Ultra Open for her twelfth career victory. After her Pro-Am today she talked about the year she is having. “This has been an exciting two weeks, with the win last week and playing this course. This is one of my favorite tournaments on tour. This is an old school course.” She talked about the play of the Americans and said, “of course we want to play well going into The Solheim Cup.” Kerr is second in points to Paula Creamer on the points list. When asked about being number one in the world Kerr stated,” I’ve dreamed about it. But where I am is an accumulation of all the things I’m doing well. I don’t put pressure on myself …I am more into the process. I always wanted to get there at least one time in my career.” Kerr has a home in the area and is a member at Liberty National. She spends the LPGA off weeks during the summer there and says she loves the club and the area. Again the subject of Michelle Wie was brought up and Kerr thinks it was “great she earned her way on the tour. No doubt she’s an incredible talent and a huge draw.”
When asked repeatedly if her goal was to beat Lorena and be number one she said,” I focus on my own game. But, nothing is a given out here. The tour is so deep you have to be at the top of your game every single day.” She plans on playing a long time and said,” My best golf is ahead of me and I’m having more fun than ever.” As every LPGA player has said this year all of them are concentrating on,” outside the ropes” meaning taking care of the sponsors and the fans. “We are all pretty concerned (about the state of the tour) but we are committed, we have a compelling sport and we are a great value.” She’s right. The LPGA players go the extra distance to give the fans and the sponsors their money’s worth.
Links Life Golf’s LPGA Rookie favorite, Stacy Lewis was working on her short game this afternoon. That was one of her strengths in college and she knows that’s where this game is won. She was sporting some cool shoes with the emblem of her beloved Arkansas Razorbacks on the side.