Kerr wins in playoff in Williamsburg
Williamsburg, VA (Sports Network) - Cristie Kerr parred the second playoff hole on Sunday to top Suzann Pettersen and win the Kingsmill Championship for the third time.
Kerr carded a 2-under 69 during her final round at Kingsmill Resort & Spa to finish the tournament at 12-under-par 272. Pettersen shot a 4-under 67 in the final round to meet her there.
The two played the 18th hole for both playoffs.
After Kerr missed a 5-foot birdie putt on the first playoff to force the second extra hole, Kerr hit her second shot to about 20 feet from the pin on the right of the green.
Pettersen's second rolled off the back of the green and her third shot stopped well short of the hole.
Kerr's first attempt at the win stopped a couple feet short of the hole, but she was able to tap in for her 16th career LPGA Tour title when Pettersen missed her 15-foot par attempt.
It was Pettersen's only bogey of the day.
"It's the first time my dad got to see me win, so it's really special for me," said an emotional Kerr after her win.
Ariya Jutanugarn, who held the lead at the end of the first and second rounds, tied the low round of the day with a 5-under 66 to grab a share of third place with Ilhee Lee (67) at 10-under 274.
Angela Stanford (69) and Stacy Lewis (70) tied for fifth at minus-9.
Kerr opened the day with a 2-stroke lead over Pettersen, but Pettersen quickly pulled within a shot of Kerr with a birdie at the third.
Kerr then bogeyed the fifth to fall into a tie with Pettersen for the top spot at 9-under before regaining the lead with a birdie at the seventh.
After both players, who were playing alongside each other, birdied the 12th to keep it a 1-stroke difference, Pettersen was able to move ahead with a birdie at the 14th as Kerr tripped to a bogey at the same hole.
Kerr was joined in second place at 10-under by Lee, Stanford and Jutanugarn at that time, but pulled away from the pack with a birdie at the 15th.
Jutanugarn and Lee closed with pars to stay there, while Stanford bogeyed the 18th to finish at 9-under.
Pettersen also birdied the 15th to move to minus-12 and maintain her stroke advantage.
Kerr, however, birdied the 16th to join Pettersen atop the leaderboard.
"I wasn't going to lose, not today, not with my dad here," Kerr said.
Pettersen had a chance for the win with a 20-foot birdie putt at the 18th, but her effort stopped just to the right of the hole and she tapped in for par to force the playoff.
"I probably played my best today out of the four rounds. Can't complain with how I played," said Pettersen. "Obviously it's disappointing to lose in the playoff, but there was a lot of good to take from it."
NOTES: Kerr improved to 3-2 in playoffs, while Pettersen fell to 5-3 ... Kerr also won here in 2005 and 2009. She is the only three-time winner of this event ... Kerr is the sixth different winner this year on the LPGA Tour ... Kerr collected $195,000 with the victory.
05/05 20:38:50 ET