Cristie Kerr

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Cristie Kerr
— Golfer —
2009 Women's British Open – Cristie Kerr (4).jpg
Personal information
Born(1977-10-12) October 12, 1977 (age 36)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Height5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Nationality United States
ResidenceScottsdale, Arizona
SpouseErik Stevens (m. 2006)
Career
Turned professional1996
Current tour(s)LPGA Tour (joined 1997)
Former tour(s)Futures Tour (1996)
Players West Tour (1996)
Professional wins23
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour16
Symetra Tour1
Other6
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
(Wins: 2)
Kraft Nabisco C'shipT2: 2009
LPGA ChampionshipWon: 2010
U.S. Women's OpenWon: 2007
du Maurier ClassicT17: 1999
Women's British OpenT2: 2006
The Evian ChampionshipCUT: 2013
Achievements and awards
LPGA Komen Award2006
 
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Cristie Kerr
— Golfer —
2009 Women's British Open – Cristie Kerr (4).jpg
Personal information
Born(1977-10-12) October 12, 1977 (age 36)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Height5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Nationality United States
ResidenceScottsdale, Arizona
SpouseErik Stevens (m. 2006)
Career
Turned professional1996
Current tour(s)LPGA Tour (joined 1997)
Former tour(s)Futures Tour (1996)
Players West Tour (1996)
Professional wins23
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour16
Symetra Tour1
Other6
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
(Wins: 2)
Kraft Nabisco C'shipT2: 2009
LPGA ChampionshipWon: 2010
U.S. Women's OpenWon: 2007
du Maurier ClassicT17: 1999
Women's British OpenT2: 2006
The Evian ChampionshipCUT: 2013
Achievements and awards
LPGA Komen Award2006

Cristie Kerr (born October 12, 1977) is an American professional golfer who plays on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. She has 16 wins on the LPGA Tour, including two major championships, and over $13 million in career earnings. Kerr was the number one-ranked golfer in the Women's World Golf Rankings for three time periods in 2010. She is naturally left handed but plays golf right handed.

Amateur career[edit]

Kerr was born in Miami, Florida, and started playing golf at the age of eight. She had a successful amateur career, winning the 1994 Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship[1] and the 1995 Women's Western Amateur. She was the 1995 American Junior Golf Association Junior Player of the Year.[2] In 1996 she played in the Curtis Cup[3][4] and was the low amateur at the U.S. Women's Open. She graduated from Miami Sunset High School in West Kendall, Florida.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Kerr's first win in a professional tournament came in April 1995 in the Ironwood FUTURES Classic on the Futures Tour, which she played while still an amateur.[6][7]

She turned professional in 1996 at age 18 after graduating from high school, playing on both the Futures Tour and Players West Tour. In October 1996, she tied for sixth at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to gain exempt status for 1997.[8] Her LPGA career started fairly slowly; she broke into the top fifty on the money list in her third season in 1999, but did not win until her sixth season. In 2002 she won her first LPGA event at the Longs Drugs Challenge in California. By 2004 she was one of the leading players on the tour, with three tournament victories, and a fifth place finish on the money list. She won two tournaments in 2005 and moved up to third on the money list. She tied for second at the 2000 U.S. Women's Open, matched by her performance in the 2006 Women's British Open. Her first win of 2006 came at the Franklin American Mortgage Championship where she posted a tournament-record score of 19 under par. In 2006, she was the only American to win more than one event on the LPGA Tour, winning three times. She won the 2007 U.S. Women's Open, her first major championship. She was also a member of the United States Solheim Cup team in 2002,[9] 2003,[10] and 2005.[11]

The hallmarks of Kerr's game are putting; she finished in the top five on the LPGA Tour in putts/greens hit in 2005 and 2006 and iron play. She was fifth in greens-in-regulation in 2005. In 2005, Kerr finished in the top 10 in half of the tournaments she entered, and ranked second in the LPGA in scoring average, trailing only Annika Sörenstam.

In 2010, Kerr won two of the first 10 tournaments on the LPGA Tour, including the LPGA Championship, which she won by a record-breaking 12-stroke margin over the second-place finisher Song-Hee Kim. As a result of this finish, she went to the top of the Women's World Golf Rankings on June 28, 2010.[12] Kerr held the position for three weeks before Ai Miyazato again regained the top ranking by a margin of 0.0006 average points.[13]

Breast cancer activism[edit]

Kerr is actively involved in fundraising for breast cancer research.

The LPGA and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation awarded Kerr the 2006 LPGA Komen Award[14] due to her dedication to find a cure for breast cancer through the foundation that she founded called Birdies for Breast Cancer. Kerr donates $50 per birdie. As of August 2009 she has raised over $750,000 through donations and an annual charity event.[15] Kerr created the foundation in honor of her mother, Linda, who has been her inspiration. The foundation was created in 2003, the year that her mother Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer.[14] Kerr also founded Curvature Wines, which helps to raise money for breast cancer charities. All Trump resorts carry the 2006 cabernet sauvignon under the Curvature Wines label.[16]

Kerr is 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) in height. In 1999 she weighed 175 pounds (79 kg), a weight that caused her to have back spasms. Her parents, who are divorced, are both diabetics, and her mother had a heart attack when Kerr was in the ninth grade. After her weight peaked, Kerr began exercising regularly and went on a diet. By 2002, she had lost 50 pounds (23 kg), and weighs 125 pounds (57 kg).[17]

Personal life and off-course activities[edit]

Kerr made an appearance on an episode of the third season of Donald Trump's television series The Apprentice in 2005. In 2006, Kerr married businessman Erik Stevens. Kerr and Stevens maintain a residence in Scottsdale, Arizona. One of her sponsors is Mutual of Omaha, which donates money to her breast cancer research foundation every time she places third or better.[18]

On December 8, 2013, Kerr and Stevens welcomed their first child, a son named Mason, via a surrogate.[19]

Professional wins (23)[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (16)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (2)
Other LPGA Tour (14)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-upWinner's
share ($)
1Apr 21, 2002Longs Drugs Challenge66-72-67-75=280−81 strokeSouth Korea Hee-Won Han135,000
2Apr 17, 2004LPGA Takefuji Classic69-67-73=209−7PlayoffSouth Korea Seol-An Jeon165,000
3Jun 20, 2004ShopRite LPGA Classic66-68-68=202−111 strokeUnited States Paula Creamer (a), Italy Giulia Sergas195,000
4Sep 5, 2004State Farm Classic69-63-63-69=264−241 strokeUnited States Christina Kim180,000
5May 8, 2005Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill68-68-68-72=276−85 strokesUnited States Jill McGill330,000
6Aug 28, 2005Wendy's Championship for Children68-67-66-69=270−181 strokeUnited States Paula Creamer, Sweden Annika Sörenstam165,000
7May 7, 2006Franklin American Mortgage Championship67-69-66-67=269−192 strokesUnited States Angela Stanford, Mexico Lorena Ochoa
United States Pat Hurst
165,000
8Aug 13, 2006CN Canadian Women's Open67-70-74-65=276−121 strokeUnited States Angela Stanford255,000
9Sep 10, 2006John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic70-61-68=199−141 strokeSweden Annika Sörenstam150,000
10Jul 1, 2007U.S. Women's Open71-72-66-70=279−52 strokesMexico Lorena Ochoa, Brazil Angela Park560,000
11Aug 24, 2008Safeway Classic71-67-65=203−13PlayoffSweden Helen Alfredsson, Sweden Sophie Gustafson255,000
12May 10, 2009Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill (2)69-63-66-70=268−162 strokesSouth Korea In-Kyung Kim330,000
13Jun 13, 2010LPGA State Farm Classic (2)67-67-63-69=266−221 strokeSweden Anna Nordqvist, South Korea Na Yeon Choi255,000
14Jun 27, 2010LPGA Championship68-66-69-66=269−1912 strokesSouth Korea Song-Hee Kim337,500
15Nov 11, 2012Lorena Ochoa Invitational67-69-67-69=272−161 strokeUnited States Angela Stanford, South Korea Inbee Park200,000
16May 5, 2013Kingsmill Championship (3)66-71-66-69=272−12PlayoffNorway Suzann Pettersen195,000

LPGA Tour playoff record (3–2)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
12004LPGA Takefuji ClassicSouth Korea Seol-An JeonWon with par on seventh extra hole
22004ADT ChampionshipSweden Annika SörenstamLost to bogey on first extra hole
32008Safeway ClassicSweden Helen Alfredsson, Sweden Sophie GustafsonWon with birdie on first extra hole
42008Navistar LPGA ClassicUnited States Candie Kung, Mexico Lorena OchoaOchoa won with par on second extra hole
Kerr eliminated with par on first hole
52013Kingsmill ChampionshipNorway Suzann PettersenWon with par on second extra hole

Futures Tour wins (1)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner-upWinner's
share ($)
1Apr 3, 1995Ironwood Futures Classic71-67=138−63 strokesUnited States Stephanie Comstockn/a^

^ Won as an amateur, top professional (Comstock) earned $4,500.[6]

Other wins (6)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

YearChampionshipWinning scoreMarginRunner(s)-up
2007U.S. Women's Open−5 (71-72-66-70=279)2 strokesMexico Lorena Ochoa, Brazil Angela Park
2010LPGA Championship−19 (68-66-69-66=269)12 strokesSouth Korea Song-Hee Kim

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament199519961997199819992000
Kraft Nabisco ChampionshipDNPCUTDNPDNPDNPT35
LPGA ChampionshipDNPDNPCUTCUTT5WD
U.S. Women's OpenCUTT36LADNP60CUTT2
du Maurier ClassicDNPDNPCUTT54T17CUT
Tournament2001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Kraft Nabisco ChampionshipT66T3T11T5T3T35T20T21T2T5
LPGA ChampionshipCUTT41T34T17T33T5T18T10T311
U.S. Women's OpenT4T32T13T27T10T281T13T3T17
Women's British Open ^CUTT29T14T11T5T2T336T8T5
Tournament201120122013
Kraft Nabisco ChampionshipCUTT22T19
LPGA ChampionshipT3T12T12
U.S. Women's Open3T9T20
Women's British Open ^T14T1316
The Evian Championship ^^CUT

^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001
^^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013.
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
LA = Low Amateur
T = tied
Green background for a win. Yellow background for a top-10 finish.

Summary[edit]

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

YearTournaments
played
Cuts
made*
Wins2nd3rdTop 10sBest
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
199727140000T1549,05811273.44109
199826170001T488,6137472.8990
199923160003T5177,9784772.0953
200024230218T2530,7511571.9419
2001231800253373,9472872.2660
2002262211381685,3931271.4717
200323210228T2696,0971370.697
200424223201111,189,990570.334
200522202241111,360,941370.862
200626263301911,578,362570.073
20072219101611,098,921671.8817
200826261101111,108,8391070.885
200925251121311,519,722270.283
201021212221311,601,552369.952
201122200331221,470,979270.713
2012232110071837,3141471.2719
2013211810151710,9461971.1922

* Includes match play and other events without a cut

World ranking[edit]

Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.

  Year  RankingNotes
20064[21]
20076[22]
20087[23]
20094[24]
20102[25]
20114[26]
201211[27]
201312[28]

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

Solheim Cup record[edit]

YearTotal
matches
Total
W–L–H
Singles
W–L–H
Foursomes
W–L–H
Fourballs
W–L–H
Points
won
Points
%
Career3012–14–41–4–22–5–29–5–014.046.7
200241–3–00–1–0 lost to S. Gustafson 3&20–1–0 lost w/ M. Redman 4&31–1–0 won w/ R. Jones 1 up,
lost w/ R. Jones 1 up
1.025.0
200343–1–01–0–0 def. S. Pettersen 1 up0–1–0 lost w/ K. Kuehne 3&12–0–0 won w/ K. Kuehne 2&1,
won w/ K. Kuehne 2&1
3.075.0
200542–2–00–1–0 lost to G. Nocera 2&10–1–0 lost w/ N. Gulbis 2&12–0–0 won w/ N. Gulbis 2&1,
won w/ P. Creamer 1 up
2.050.0
200751–3–10–1–0 lost to L. Wessberg 1 up0–1–1 halved w/ P. Hurst,
lost w/ N. Castrale 1 dn
1–1–0 won w/ N. Castrale 3&2,
lost w/ M. Presel 3&2
1.530.0
200942–1–10–0–1 halved w/ M. Hjorth1–0–0 won w/ M. Wie 1 up1–1–0 won w/ P. Creamer 1 up,
lost w/ N. Castrale 1 up
2.562.5
201152–2–10–1–0 lost to K. Stupples 10&811–0–1 won w/ M. Wie 2&1,
halved w/ P. Creamer
1–1–0 lost w/ M. Wie 2 down,
won w/ M. Pressel 1 up
2.550.0
201341–2–10–0–1 halved with K. Icher0–1–0 lost w/ P. Creamer 2&11–1–0 won w/ M. Wie 2&1,
lost w/ M. Pressel 2dn
1.537.5

1 Kerr conceded the match at the start because of injury; Solheim Cup rules categorized this as a 10 and 8 loss.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Past Champions". Junior Orange Bowl. Archived from the original on November 2, 2006. Retrieved April 30, 2007. 
  2. ^ "All-Time Rolex Junior Players of the Year". American Junior Golf Association. Retrieved April 4, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Previous Curtis Cup Matches 1932–2002". USGA. Retrieved March 23, 2007. 
  4. ^ "1996 Curtis Cup Match". USGA. Retrieved March 23, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Women's Intuition". The Miami Herald. July 2, 2007. p. 1D. 
  6. ^ a b "Futures Tour Ironwood Futures Classic results". Salt Lake Tribune. April 3, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Futures Tour Winners List". Futures Tour. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ "LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament – results – 1990–1999". LPGA.com. 
  9. ^ "A Glimpse at the U.S. Solheim Cup Team". The Golf Channel. September 16, 2002. Retrieved April 28, 2007. 
  10. ^ "Sheehan Announces Selections". The Golf Channel. August 25, 2003. Retrieved April 28, 2007. 
  11. ^ Cutler, Bethan (August 28, 2005). "Lopez announces 2005 U.S. Solheim Cup Team". Ladies European Tour. Retrieved April 28, 2007. 
  12. ^ "Kerr romps to 12-stroke win at LPGA Championship". Associated Press. June 27, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Miyazato replaces Kerr as women's No. 1". KSDK.com. July 19, 2010. 
  14. ^ a b "Kerr receives 2006 LPGA Komen Award". LPGA. November 15, 2006. Retrieved December 23, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Things Are Looking Up: A Q&A with LPGA Tour star Cristie Kerr". Golf Digest. September 1, 2009. Retrieved September 7, 2009. 
  16. ^ Bergeron, Elena (August 9, 2010). "If at First You Do Succeed...". ESPN The Magazine: 68. 
  17. ^ Sirak, Ron (May 20, 2005). "The Winning Edge" (PDF). GolfWorld Magazine. Retrieved April 28, 2007. 
  18. ^ Cerio, Gregory (February 25, 2008). "On and off course, Kerr enjoying the fine life". Golf for Women. NBC Sports. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  19. ^ OH BOY!!
  20. ^ "Cristie Kerr stats". LPGA. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 26, 2006. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 25, 2007. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 30, 2008. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 29, 2009. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 28, 2010. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 27, 2011. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 31, 2012. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 30, 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Japan Ai Miyazato
World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
June 28, 2010 – July 18, 2010
Succeeded by
Japan Ai Miyazato
Preceded by
South Korea Jiyai Shin
World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
August 16, 2010 – August 22, 2010
Succeeded by
Japan Ai Miyazato
Preceded by
Japan Ai Miyazato
World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
October 25, 2010 – October 31, 2010
Succeeded by
South Korea Jiyai Shin
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mexico Lorena Ochoa
Best Female Golfer ESPY Award
2011, 2012
Succeeded by
United States Stacy Lewis