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Cristie Kerr (born October 12, 1977) is an American professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour. She has 20 wins on the LPGA Tour, including two major championships, and over $19 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.

Cristie Kerr
Cristie Kerr (8700845966).jpg
Kerr at the 2013 Kingsmill Championship
Personal information
Born (1977-10-12) October 12, 1977 (age 40)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
Spouse Erik Stevens (m. 2006)
Career
Turned professional 1996
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 1997)
Former tour(s) Futures Tour (1996)
Players West Tour (1996)
Professional wins 28
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 20
Ladies European Tour 1
Symetra Tour 1
Other 6
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 2)
ANA Inspiration T2: 2009
Women's PGA C'ship Won: 2010
U.S. Women's Open Won: 2007
du Maurier Classic T17: 1999
Women's British Open T2: 2006
Evian Championship T18: 2017
Achievements and awards
LPGA Komen Award 2006

Contents

Amateur careerEdit

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 careerEdit

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]

In 2015, Kerr won the CME Group Tour Championship by one shot over fellow American Gerina Piller and South Korean Jang Ha-na.[14][15]

Breast cancer activismEdit

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[16] 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.[17] 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.[16] 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.[18]

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).[19]

Personal life and off-course activitiesEdit

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.[20]

Kerr partnered with Pride Mountain Vineyards in Napa, California, to launch her Curvature wine label with the 2006 vintage. She has also launched a new wine venture, Kerr Cellars, with winemaker Helen Keplinger, beginning with a 2013 vintage. The label now produces Pinot noir and red and white Bordeaux blends. In 2013, she passed the Court of Master Sommeliers level I test.[21]

On December 8, 2013, Kerr and Stevens welcomed their first child, a son named Mason, via a surrogate.[22]

Professional wins (28)Edit

LPGA Tour wins (20)Edit

Legend
Major championships (2)
Other LPGA Tour (18)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
1 Apr 21, 2002 Longs Drugs Challenge 66-72-67-75=280 −8 1 stroke   Hee-Won Han 135,000
2 Apr 17, 2004 LPGA Takefuji Classic 69-67-73=209 −7 Playoff   Seol-An Jeon 165,000
3 Jun 20, 2004 ShopRite LPGA Classic 66-68-68=202 −11 1 stroke   Paula Creamer (a)
  Giulia Sergas
195,000
4 Sep 5, 2004 State Farm Classic 69-63-63-69=264 −24 1 stroke   Christina Kim 180,000
5 May 8, 2005 Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill 68-68-68-72=276 −8 5 strokes   Jill McGill 330,000
6 Aug 28, 2005 Wendy's Championship for Children 68-67-66-69=270 −18 1 stroke   Paula Creamer
  Annika Sörenstam
165,000
7 May 7, 2006 Franklin American Mortgage Championship 67-69-66-67=269 −19 2 strokes   Pat Hurst
  Lorena Ochoa
  Angela Stanford
165,000
8 Aug 13, 2006 CN Canadian Women's Open 67-70-74-65=276 −12 1 stroke   Angela Stanford 255,000
9 Sep 10, 2006 John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic 70-61-68=199 −14 1 stroke   Annika Sörenstam 150,000
10 Jul 1, 2007 U.S. Women's Open 71-72-66-70=279 −5 2 strokes   Lorena Ochoa
  Angela Park
560,000
11 Aug 24, 2008 Safeway Classic 71-67-65=203 −13 Playoff   Helen Alfredsson
  Sophie Gustafson
255,000
12 May 10, 2009 Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill (2) 69-63-66-70=268 −16 2 strokes   In-Kyung Kim 330,000
13 Jun 13, 2010 LPGA State Farm Classic (2) 67-67-63-69=266 −22 1 stroke   Na Yeon Choi
  Anna Nordqvist
255,000
14 Jun 27, 2010 LPGA Championship 68-66-69-66=269 −19 12 strokes   Song-Hee Kim 337,500
15 Nov 11, 2012 Lorena Ochoa Invitational 67-69-67-69=272 −16 1 stroke   Inbee Park
  Angela Stanford
200,000
16 May 5, 2013 Kingsmill Championship (3) 66-71-66-69=272 −12 Playoff   Suzann Pettersen 195,000
17 Mar 29, 2015 Kia Classic 67-68-68-65=268 −20 2 strokes   Mirim Lee 255,000
18 Nov 22, 2015 CME Group Tour Championship 68-69-66-68=271 −17 1 stroke   Ha Na Jang
  Gerina Piller
500,000
19 Apr 15, 2017 Lotte Championship 71-69-62-66=268 −20 3 strokes   Chun In-gee
  Jang Su-yeon
  Lydia Ko
300,000
20 Oct 29, 2017 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 70-63-65-71=269 −15 1 stroke   Jacqui Concolino
  Shanshan Feng
  Danielle Kang
270,000

LPGA Tour playoff record (3–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2004 LPGA Takefuji Classic   Seol-An Jeon Won with par on seventh extra hole
2 2004 ADT Championship   Annika Sörenstam Lost to bogey on first extra hole
3 2008 Safeway Classic   Helen Alfredsson
  Sophie Gustafson
Won with birdie on first extra hole
4 2008 Navistar LPGA Classic   Candie Kung
  Lorena Ochoa
Ochoa won with par on second extra hole
Kerr eliminated with par on first hole
5 2013 Kingsmill Championship   Suzann Pettersen Won with par on second extra hole
6 2017 Volunteers of America Texas Shootout   Haru Nomura Lost to birdie on sixth extra hole

Futures Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up Winner's
share ($)
1 Apr 3, 1995 Ironwood Futures Classic 71-67=138 −6 3 strokes   Stephanie Comstock n/a^

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

Ladies European Tour (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Oct 8, 2017 Lacoste Ladies Open de France −17 (62-64-68-69=263) 4 strokes   Lin Xiyu

Other wins (6)Edit

Major championshipsEdit

Wins (2)Edit

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
2007 U.S. Women's Open −5 (71-72-66-70=279) 2 strokes   Lorena Ochoa,   Angela Park
2010 LPGA Championship −19 (68-66-69-66=269) 12 strokes   Song-Hee Kim

Results timelineEdit

Results not in chronological order before 2018.

Tournament 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
ANA Inspiration DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP T35
U.S. Women's Open CUT T36LA DNP 60 CUT T2
Women's PGA Championship DNP DNP CUT CUT T5 WD
du Maurier Classic DNP DNP CUT T54 T17 CUT
Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
ANA Inspiration T66 T3 T11 T5 T3 T35 T20 T21 T2 T5
U.S. Women's Open T4 T32 T13 T27 T10 T28 1 T13 T3 T17
Women's PGA Championship CUT T41 T34 T17 T33 T5 T18 T10 T31 1
Women's British Open ^ CUT T29 T14 T11 T5 T2 T33 6 T8 T5
Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
ANA Inspiration CUT T22 T19 T4 T41 T45 7 T30
U.S. Women's Open 3 T9 T20 CUT CUT T8 T19 T52
Women's PGA Championship T3 T12 T12 T17 T19 T50 CUT T49
Women's British Open ^ T14 T13 16 WD T13 72 T59 T28
The Evian Championship ^^ CUT T67 T53 T39 T18 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.
LA = Low amateur
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
T = tied
Green background for a win. Yellow background for a top-10 finish.

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
ANA Inspiration 0 1 2 6 7 12 20 18
U.S. Women's Open 1 1 2 5 8 13 23 19
Women's PGA Championship 1 0 1 4 5 11 22 17
Women's British Open 0 1 0 3 5 11 18 16
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 4
du Maurier Classic 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 2
Totals 2 3 5 18 25 49 93 76
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 36 (2002 Kraft Nabisco – 2010 British Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 4 (2009 U.S. Open – 2010 LPGA)

LPGA Tour career summaryEdit

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made*
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
1997 27 14 0 0 0 0 T15 49,058 112 73.44 109
1998 26 17 0 0 0 1 T4 88,613 74 72.89 90
1999 23 16 0 0 0 3 T5 177,978 47 72.09 53
2000 24 23 0 2 1 8 T2 530,751 15 71.94 19
2001 23 18 0 0 2 5 3 373,947 28 72.26 60
2002 26 22 1 1 3 8 1 685,393 12 71.47 17
2003 23 21 0 2 2 8 T2 696,097 13 70.69 7
2004 24 22 3 2 0 11 1 1,189,990 5 70.33 4
2005 22 20 2 2 4 11 1 1,360,941 3 70.86 2
2006 26 26 3 3 0 19 1 1,578,362 5 70.07 3
2007 22 19 1 0 1 6 1 1,098,921 6 71.88 17
2008 26 26 1 1 0 11 1 1,108,839 10 70.88 5
2009 25 25 1 1 2 13 1 1,519,722 2 70.28 3
2010 21 21 2 2 2 13 1 1,601,552 3 69.95 2
2011 22 20 0 3 3 12 2 1,470,979 2 70.71 3
2012 23 21 1 0 0 7 1 837,314 14 71.27 19
2013 21 18 1 0 1 5 1 710,946 19 71.19 22
2014 24 22 0 2 1 11 2 911,883 15 70.57 11
2015 25 21 2 1 0 8 1 1,294,301 7 70.64 13
2016 25 22 0 0 0 4 T7 456,215 39 71.23 33
2017 23 21 2 1 1 10 1 1,414,752 7 69.95 12
  • Official through the 2017 season.[23]

* Includes match play and other events without a cut

World rankingEdit

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

Year Ranking Notes
2006 4 [24]
2007 6 [25]
2008 7 [26]
2009 4 [27]
2010 2 [28]
2011 4 [29]
2012 11 [30]
2013 12 [31]
2014 13 [32]
2015 11 [33]
2016 30 [34]
2017 10 [35]

Team appearancesEdit

Amateur

Professional

Solheim Cup recordEdit

Year Total
matches
Total
W–L–H
Singles
W–L–H
Foursomes
W–L–H
Fourballs
W–L–H
Points
won
Points
%
Career 38 18–14–6 3–4–2 4–5–3 11–5–1 21 55.3
2002 4 1–3–0 0–1–0 lost to S. Gustafson 3&2 0–1–0 lost w/ M. Redman 4&3 1–1–0 won w/ R. Jones 1 up,
lost w/ R. Jones 1 up
1 25.0
2003 4 3–1–0 1–0–0 def. S. Pettersen 1 up 0–1–0 lost w/ K. Kuehne 3&1 2–0–0 won w/ K. Kuehne 2&1,
won w/ K. Kuehne 2&1
3 75.0
2005 4 2–2–0 0–1–0 lost to G. Nocera 2&1 0–1–0 lost w/ N. Gulbis 2&1 2–0–0 won w/ N. Gulbis 2&1,
won w/ P. Creamer 1 up
2 50.0
2007 5 1–3–1 0–1–0 lost to L. Wessberg 1 up 0–1–1 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
1.5 30.0
2009 4 2–1–1 0–0–1 halved w/ M. Hjorth 1–0–0 won w/ M. Wie 1 up 1–1–0 won w/ P. Creamer 1 up,
lost w/ N. Castrale 1 up
2.5 62.5
2011 5 2–2–1 0–1–0 lost to K. Stupples 10&81 1–0–1 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
2.5 50.0
2013 4 1–2–1 0–0–1 halved with K. Icher 0–1–0 lost w/ P. Creamer 2&1 1–1–0 won w/ M. Wie 2&1,
lost w/ M. Pressel 2dn
1.5 37.5
2015 4 3–0–1 1–0–0 def. C. Hull 3&2 1–0–0 won w/ L. Thompson 2&1 1–0–1 halved w/ L. Thompson
won w/ L. Thompson 3&2
3.5 87.5
2017 4 3–0–1 1–0–0 def. M. Reid 2&1 1–0–1 halved w/ L. Thompson
won w/ L. Thompson 5&3
1–0–0 won w/ L. Thompson 4&2 3.5 87.5

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "All-Time Rolex Junior Players of the Year". American Junior Golf Association. Retrieved April 4, 2007. 
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  5. ^ "Women's Intuition". The Miami Herald. July 2, 2007. p. 1D. 
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  11. ^ Cutler, Bethan (August 28, 2005). "Lopez announces 2005 U.S. Solheim Cup Team". Ladies European Tour. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. 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. ^ Ballengee, Ryan (November 22, 2015). "Kerr wins LPGA finale, Ko wins CME Globe, Park qualifies Hall of Fame". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved November 23, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Cristie Kerr wins LPGA title, Lydia Ko takes $1 million bonus". The Sydney Morning Herald. Associated Press. November 23, 2015. Retrieved November 23, 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "Kerr receives 2006 LPGA Komen Award". LPGA. November 15, 2006. Retrieved December 23, 2008. 
  17. ^ "Things Are Looking Up: A Q&A with LPGA Tour star Cristie Kerr". Golf Digest. September 1, 2009. Retrieved September 7, 2009. 
  18. ^ Bergeron, Elena (August 9, 2010). "If at First You Do Succeed...". ESPN The Magazine. p. 68. 
  19. ^ Sirak, Ron (May 20, 2005). "The Winning Edge" (PDF). Golf World. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 29, 2007. Retrieved April 28, 2007. 
  20. ^ Cerio, Gregory (February 25, 2008). "On and off course, Kerr enjoying the fine life". NBC Sports. Archived from the original on October 9, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  21. ^ Balter, Emma (March 2018). "Cristie Kerr Tees Up Wine". Wine Spectator: 19. 
  22. ^ "Oh Boy!!". www.cristiekerrgolf.com. Retrieved October 31, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Cristie Kerr stats". LPGA. Retrieved November 21, 2017. 
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  33. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 28, 2015. 
  34. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 26, 2016. 
  35. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 25, 2017. 

External linksEdit

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