Kerr wins Monday finish at State Farm|
Springfield, IL (Sports Network) - Cristie Kerr finished off a three-under 69
Monday morning to win the State Farm Classic by a single stroke.
Kerr, who won for the 13th time on the LPGA Tour, ended at 22-under-par 266.
It was just the third time in the event's 35-year history that the winner
scored better than 20-under par.
The victory gave Kerr the first official win by an American on the LPGA Tour
this season. Michelle Wie was the last American winner when she captured her
first career title last November in the penultimate event of the 2009 season.
"It was a great week. There was a lot of weather this morning, too, and we
were lucky to finish," said Kerr, who collected $255,000 for the win. "You
always want to try and complete the tournament to be able to feel like you
earned it, because if had been rain-shortened I would have won, but you want
to feel like you earned it."
Anna Nordqvist, who tied Kerr for the lead twice in the final round, ended in
a share of second place with Na Yeon Choi. Nordqvist closed with a five-under
67, while Choi fired a seven-under 65 to finish at minus-21.
Shanshan Feng (67) and Hee Young Park (63) shared fourth place at 20-under-par
268 at Panther Creek Country Club.
The tournament needed a Monday finish after weather delays Saturday and Sunday
pushed play back. Officials tried to wait out the weather on Sunday, but more
than four hours after play was stopped by dangerous weather, they suspended it
for the day.
The 29 players who needed to finish their final rounds returned to the course
at 8:20 a.m. (et) Monday and play was finished without any more delays.
When the round resumed Monday morning, Kerr rolled in a six-foot birdie putt
on No. 9 to regain the lead at 21-under. She made it two in a row with a
birdie on the 10th and Nordqvist fell three back with a bogey on the 12th.
Nordqvist, who won twice last season, fought back with birdies on 13 and 14 to
get within one of Kerr's lead.
Kerr parred five consecutive holes from the 11th before converting a birdie
opportunity at the par-five 16th. That pushed her lead back to two.
Nordqvist parred the final four holes to get in at minus-21.
"I knew I had to make a couple birdies these last couple holes to give it a
shot, but I gave this my best," Nordqvist said. "I'm really happy with my
finish, and I'm glad we got all done today."
Kerr parred 17 before making bogey at the last to cut her winning margin to a
"I thought it was actually to my advantage that they called play [Sunday]
evening, because I was just exhausted. I didn't sleep at all on Saturday
night," stated Kerr, who has been battling the flu since Tuesday.
Choi had four birdies and a bogey on the front nine. She carded four more
birdies on the back nine to end in a share of second.
Jee Young Lee (67) and Gwladys Nocera (66) shared sixth place at 19-under-par
269. Na On Min (68), Katie Futcher (65) and Song-Hee Kim (69) were two strokes
further back at minus-17.
NOTES: Wie closed with a double-bogey to post one-under 71, which left her
tied for 52nd at six-under 282...In-Kyung Kim, the 2009 champion, carded a
five-under 67 to share 21st at minus-13...Lisa Strom was disqualified after
the final round...The LPGA Tour returns to the Jersey shore next weekend for
the ShopRite LPGA Classic, where Seon-Hwa Lee won in 2006, the last time the
event was held.
06/14 12:25:58 ET