Category: Cristie Kerr

November 16, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Cristie Kerr says caddying for Corey Pavin helped her game

Posted at 1:18 PM by Samantha Glover

Less than a week after caddying for Corey Pavin at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Cristie Kerr won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Kerr is back in the hunt again this week after an opening 67 at the CME Group Titleholders in Naples. Turns out Kerr's brief time as a caddie gave her game a boost.

According to Randall Mell's Golf Talk Central report, Pavin stayed with Kerr and her husband Erik Stevens at their Scottsdale, Ariz., home during the tournament. Kerr, the ideal caddy for Pavin because of her familiarity with the course, picked up his bag for the last four holes of the third round. He birdied three of them.

Kerr's stint as a caddy wasn't just good for Pavin, but gave Kerr a new perspective for when she played.

“I didn’t really appreciate what caddies go through,” Kerr said. “I got a new perspective with that, and I think it gave me a little more patience with myself.”


November 12, 2012

Tweets of the Week: Manssero's win, McIlroy's cash, Lewis's prize and the Golf Boys return

Posted at 12:51 PM by Samantha Glover

Matteo Manassero won Barclays Singapore Open, and Rory McIlroy clinched the European money title:


Cristie Kerr ended a slump, and Stacy Lewis ended an American POY drought:

PGA and LPGA players thanked those who have served:

Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson on the return of Golf Boys:

October 15, 2012

Tweets of the Week: Phil Mickelson Q&A, Justin Rose wins in Turkey, and more

Posted at 1:13 PM by

Phil Mickelson answered questions from his fans:

Christine Kim and Brittany Lincicome feuded via Twitter:

The tweets that sparked it all:

Things heated up as fans took to both golfers' sides, eventually resulting in explanations/apologies from both Kim and Lincicome:

Jonas Blixt, Shane Lowry, Inbee Park and Justin Rose won tournaments:

Cristie Kerr, Annika Sorenstam, and Michelle Wie celebrated birthdays:

The Vice Presidential debate sparked strong feelings from golfers:

July 12, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Bubba Watson, Cristie Kerr win Best Golfer ESPY Awards

Posted at 1:15 PM by Mark Dee

Ah, the ESPY Awards. That annual celebration of sporting excellence, humble deferral to teammates ("you know, without them none of this would be possible...), and slick montages set to dramatic modern rock. The People's Choice Awards, except for sports.

Golf, in its capacity as a professional sport, gets some play each year. And this year, your choices for Best Golfer are...(drum roll for those who didn't read the title)...Bubba Watson and Cristie Kerr! Congrats.

Watson was also up for best moment, but lost out to Tim Tebow, who won for his overtime TD pass to knock Pittsburgh out of the NFL Playoffs. Fair is fair, I guess: Bubba won Tebow's charity outing back in April.

Of course, the real entertainment was just inviting Watson to a formal event. Pretty sure the only jacket he owns is green. He did, though, add a little flair to his buttoned-up look, judging from this photo, via John Piazza at

Watson socks

Yes, he appears to be wearing golf shoes and green argyle socks. You can take a Bubba off the golf course...but he'll still dress like he's on it.

Trump Card
By the time Donald Trump played half of his new course in Scotland Tuesday, he had seen enough. Enough, that is, to declare Trump International the greatest of the thirty-odd thousand golf courses that pock the planet. According to the Scotsman:

After completing the first nine holes with George O'Grady and Sandy Jones, the chief executives of the European Tour and the UK PGA respectively, Mr. Trump called it the "greatest golf course anywhere in the world".

"We're having a great time, the course is playing great and the weather has held up," he said. "Colin [Montgomerie] loves the course and he's playing really well, he's a great player and a great guy."

Trump went on, in the interview below, to mention that "everyone knows" Trump International is the greatest golf course in the world, and that "most people are saying it," too. Watch the whole video to hear it straight from the boss's mouth. And to play a little game called "Monty or Donald." It's as tough as it sounds.

Aussie golfer Brendan Jones says golf shouldn't be in the Olympics
The run-up to the London Olympics is in full effect, but for golf -- which is only 16 majors away from returning to the competition -- the focus is on Rio 2016. But the chatter isn't all positive. Australian pro Brendan Jones is already talking about skipping the games, saying golf doesn't belong at the Olympics. As David Polkinghorne of Australia's Great Lakes Advocate reports:

Jones said an Olympic gold medal was a distant fifth behind winning one of the four major golf tournaments – the British Open, US Masters, US Open and US PGA.

He felt it should be the sole domain of sports like athletics where their main focus was the four-yearly cycle of the Games.

‘‘I don’t agree that golf should be in the Olympics,’’ Jones told The Canberra Times today.

‘‘It’s like the tennis, who even knows who won the gold medal in the tennis?

‘‘These guys are playing every week for millions of dollars and an Olympic gold medal in their house isn’t going to take pride of place.

Jones is ranked 106th in the Official World Golf Rankings. He is playing in the Open Championship next week.

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July 11, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Watch Bubba Watson on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Posted at 12:50 PM by Mark Dee

Bubba Watson is in Los Angeles for Wednesday night's ESPY awards. And, as folk heroes are allowed to do, he stopped by The Tonight Show for a quick interview with Jay Leno. By now, we know what to expect from a Bubba interview: nods to his family, his General Lee, and a near-tear moment for good measure. The takeaways? Watson isn't that different from the rest of us. Just like you, he knew golf was his game when he shot a 62 at age 12; just like you, he shot 66 on his first date with his future wife, and, well, "Who doesn't wanna be in a boy band?" Watch the two-part interview below:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Watson is nominated for two ESPYs: Best Male Golfer, and Best Moment (for winning that sports coat he's always wearing...)

Jason Day to skip British?
All these young pros. They can't time a baby for their lives. First, Webb Simpson pulled out of the British Open to welcome a new human into the world. Now, Jason Day might skip the major after his first child (Dash Day!) was born earlier this week. As The Australian reports:

Day's wife Ellie gave birth to Dash James Day in Ohio and, although both mother and child are doing well, the world No 21 is yet to decide whether or not he will make the trip to the UK so soon after the birth.

The Queensland product says family comes first and he may well give up his spot at Royal Lytham and St Annes to be with his new family.

Day, ranked 21st in the world, is having a tough season on tour. He's currently 103rd in the FedEx Cup standings, and, unofficially, hasn't won since he grew his hair past his shoulders.

Top architects design mini-golf course at DC museum
There's finally a museum worth visiting in Washington, D.C. Not only is that National Building Museum actually a thing, but according to Business Insider it also has mini-golf inside.

The museum just opened an exhibit featuring a 12-hole mini-golf course with holes designed by leading local architects, landscape architects, and contractors.

The one-of-a-kind course will be open through Labor Day, and games cost $5 for non-members and $3 for members. If you like golf and air-conditioning, this exhibit's for you.

Oh, Business Insider, you get me. As we learned from at the AT&T National, golf outside in the DC area can be a hazardous proposition. If you're not trudging through a boiling mist of humidity, you're ducking for cover from the flying branches and brimstone that accompany summer storms. So this is good. Also, the pictures in the article make it look, well, pretty cool...

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January 11, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Lexi says she's not LPGA's headliner

Posted at 1:33 PM by Mike Walker

Greg Stoda of the Palm Beach Post checks in with a gaggle of LPGA stars -- including Morgan Pressel, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Lexi Thompson -- who are excited about the tour’s expanded schedule in 2012. A modest Thompson told the Post that she's just one of many stars on the tour, not the main attraction.

And the game has an emerging star to show off in the 16-year-old Thompson, who won one LPGA event last year and plans to play 20-plus events this year. She said she doesn't worry about pressure to be a headliner for the tour.

"There are enough great golfers out here that it isn't any one person's job," she said. "I'm just looking forward to playing as often as I can, because it's what I love to do."

The players were in Boca Raton, Fla., for Pressel’s Morgan & Friends Fight Breast Cancer outing at St. Andrews Country Club.

Augusta’s ‘other course’ to get makeover

When it comes to golf in Augusta, Ga., if it’s not broke, you don’t fix it.

That’s something the new management of Augusta Municipal Golf Course, aka “the Patch,” understands. David Westin of the Augusta Chronicle reports that the new course managers of the beloved muni -- where a weekday round is $19 (walking) --  only want to improve the course conditioning, not make major changes.

If you’re afraid the new leasee [sic] of the Augusta Municipal Golf Course is going to make extensive changes to the layout and alter its charming character, you can rest easy. Brian Hendry has no such plans. …

Hendry’s The Patch in Augusta LLC won the contract to lease and operate the course. Its seven-year lease (with an option for an eighth) started Jan. 1.

Hendry, who the is the chairman of The Patch in Augusta LLC and his team – director of golf Ronnie McDonald, director of operations Gwynne Chase and golf course superintendent Larry Guy – have been embraced by Patch-loving golfers. 

Double-amputee golfer shares his inspiring story

Denny McPherson of the Marion (Ohio) Star writes about Hector Manley, who lost both his legs when he was a child in the 2001 El Salvador earthquake and learned to play golf well enough on prosthetics to become a 7-handicap and captain of his high school team.

Since losing his legs, Manley's adventures haven't been limited to golf. He also has taken on sky diving and scuba diving, and he has a new challenge awaiting him following his graduation this spring from the University of Tampa.

Manley will attempt to kayak the entire length of the Mississippi River in 100 days to benefit Wounded Warriors, which helps injured servicemen and servicewomen, and the Wheelchair Foundation, which supplies wheelchairs to those who need them in developing countries. Those organizations are also in partnership with Rotary.

"My inspiration to do the trip comes from all of the help I have been given over the years," Manley said.

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October 27, 2010

Truth & Rumors: Byrd says Phil's shot was better than ace

Posted at 12:47 PM by Mike Walker

What’s better than winning a PGA Tour event playoff with a walk-off hole-in-one? Winning the Masters, according to Jonathan Byrd.

Byrd, whose hole-in-one in the Las Vegas dusk to win the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children's Open was the stuff of Disney movies, said that the shot of the year is still Phil Mickelson’s 6-iron from 209 yards off the pine needles and through a narrow gap in trees to the 13th green on Sunday at the Masters.

Q. Your ace is getting a lot of talk. If you had a choice on your shot of the year, what would your choice be? That or what Rocco Mediate did [hole out for eagle on 17 on the way to winning the Open] or the shot of Phil Mickelson out of the pine trees at Augusta, your unbiased vote?

JONATHAN BYRD: Out of those three shots?

Q. Unless you can think of another one.

JONATHAN BYRD: I can't. I don't watch enough golf to know. I would say mine was the most dramatic to actually win a golf tournament with a hole in one. It's something that's never been done. I would think it's probably a different deal trying to win a major. I would say in the whole scheme of golf, that's more important or more meaningful to hit a shot like he did through the trees. That's obviously very dramatic. But to win a major championship, I don't think that's any more important. When it involves me, that's the most important thing that can happen to me, so it's obviously very meaningful to me. But golf as a whole, I would say probably a great shot to win a major championship is probably a bigger deal.

Q. But he missed the putt.

JONATHAN BYRD: Well, I mean, you could say it changed the momentum for him to be able to win the tournament. Obviously, that is the main goal. Not necessarily to make eagle, but to win the green jacket, and he was able to do that. I don't know. I'm kind of struggling emotionally with this whole thing because people are leaving me voice mails like the greatest shot to ever win a golf tournament and all this stuff. And I'm like, really? Are you kidding me? I'm just trying to get on the tee.

Course superintendents who stare at goats

Julie Williams of Golfweek reports on the unusual course-maintenance equipment at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, Calif.: a herd of goats. It appears that goats are more effective than people at clearing brush from hard-to-reach ravines. Plus, they don’t ask for health insurance.

With 150 large-bodied meat goats wandering the canyons, the landscape is rapidly changing at Pasatiempo. The first herd arrived at the end of September, and already the goats have exposed peaks and ravines that were in hiding since the 1920s and ’30s. [Course superintendent Paul ]Chojnacky expects the goats to clear about 12 acres total, digesting their way through the canyons – without disrupting play – at a cost of a little more than $1,000 per acre. The requisite manpower and machinery would cost roughly 10 times that, Chojnacky said.

Not only are goats cost-effective, but they’re also erosion friendly. Unlike sheep, goats won’t tear the entire root from the ground, experts say, and the animals’ hooves help compact the soil, unlike a team of groundskeepers. The goats are corralled by electric fencing and guarded by Anatolian shepherd dogs.

Stray Shots: Stories we saw while LeBron and Dwyane Wade were reminding us of when Tiger teamed up with Phil.

You don’t mess with The Donald. That’s a lesson an elderly Scottish woman who opposed Donald Trump’s golf course development in Scotland is learning the hard way. (Via BBC News)

Cristie Kerr is the No. 1 player in women’s golf, the eighth time the top spot has changed hands since Lorena Ochoa retired in April. Where have you gone, Annika Sorenstam? (Via The Orlando Sentinel)

Golf is dark in the United States this weekend, but the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Malaysia, a PGA Tour- and Asian Tour-sanctioned event, has attracted some big names to its 40-man field, including Ernie Els, Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler. (Via Yahoo! Sport UK)

October 14, 2010

Truth & Rumors: No. 1 up for grabs on LPGA

Posted at 1:19 PM by Gary Van Sickle

Wide-Open Race for No. 1

Who's going to be the No. 1 player in golf at the end of 2010? For the first time, there is no sure answer to that question in men's and women's golf. Tiger Woods is about to be replaced by Lee Westwood in the men's rankings, although several other players, including Martin Kaymer, could surge past them both by the end of the year.

On the LPGA tour, the top spot has turned into a game of musical chairs ever since Lorena Ochoa's retirement. Cristie Kerr, Jiyai Shin and Japan's Ai Miyazato have all been No. 1 at some point this year. Before that, Ochoa and Annika Sorenstam had Tiger-esque strangleholds on the position.

The best thing about the women's battle for No. 1 is that the title is truly coveted. The top players, like Kerr, embrace the spot for the honor that comes with it and openly admit they want it. In men's golf, the chase for No. 1 is mostly met with an if-it-happens-it-happens attitude, a recipe for buzzkill.

With this week's CVS Pharmacy LPGA Challenge in Northern California, the chase for No. 1 resumes. Kerr could have reclaimed the top spot last week but blew a lead and stumbled on Sunday at the Navistar Classic, finishing third when a victory would have bumped her to No. 1. Instead, she inched past Shin into second behind Miyazato. Kerr is the only top-five player teeing it up this week, so she has another shot. She told the Associated Press that she's excited about the pursuit of No. 1.

"It's been crazy and it's been fun," Kerr said Wednesday. "It's been kind of like a roller-coaster ride. It's a good time for us."

Miyazato, who has held the No. 1 ranking for eight straight weeks, is skipping this week's Northern California stop on the tour. That means Kerr can regain the No. 1 ranking for third time this year with a win. Even a top-five finish will likely push her past Miyazato. That would give Kerr — owner of 14 LPGA career titles — a shot at becoming the first American to end the season No. 1 since the rankings began in 2006. Beth Daniel (1994) is the last American to earn player of the year honors on the tour.

"The more we can get the word out that the LPGA is exciting and it's something to watch and there is an American, me, now up there in the mix to be No. 1 in the world, I think we'll get a lot more fans, a lot more people interested," said Kerr, who celebrated her 33rd birthday Tuesday.

"It's been a long time since Americans had the ability to end the year No. 1, so I think that you've just got to go for it. We need to grow our fan base in the United States again, so that we can grow and have more tournaments and more sponsors here. When I first came on tour we had over 40 tournaments. Now we have 26. It's quite a change in 10 years."

LPGA Struggles for Attention

The LPGA's battle at the top hasn't gotten big media play, and Golf's Tom Abbott wonders why the LPGA hasn't drawn more attention.

This would seem like a sponsor and media dream. So why the lack of tournaments and why the lack of coverage in the mainstream golf media?

The stop-start schedule plays a big-role. This season, the tour began in the Far East, then halted for a few weeks before re-starting in March with a couple of great tournaments in California. The tour disappeared in April, stopping briefly for an event in Jamaica buried on CBS and Lorena’s swansong in Mexico, which wasn’t even televised in the U.S., before reappearing for two events in May, one in Mobile, Ala., the other in New Jersey... but bottom line, the tour must play when and where sponsors want them to and sometimes that simply doesn’t fit into making the tour flow. This doesn’t look likely to change next season.

A second factor surely has to do with Tiger Woods. For most of 2010, the golf media was all Tiger all the time and other stories simply got forgotten. At the Kraft Nabisco Championship,  the first major of the season, a large number of golf writers departed on the eve of the final round; they had to be at Augusta National Golf Club in time for Tiger’s big comeback press conference. After a really close finish, where Pettersen barely missed a chip-in for a playoff with Tseng, an earthquake ensued, literally, during the champion’s press conference, but it barely registered on the media Richter scale.

Playing second fiddle is nothing new for the Nabisco, which used to be played opposite the PGA Tour's Players Championship until the Players moved to a new date in May. And Woods has dwarfed all things in golf that he's not a part of--the women's tour, the senior tour and even the PGA Tour events he doesn't play.

There's also the issue of foreign players, he said, with whom U.S. fans struggle to identify. A bigger issue: because of the foreign influence, more events are being played in other countries. Barely half of the LPGA schedule is in the U.S., and American media doesn't cover those events. Even if the event is televised to the States, it doesn't have an American flavor.

I’m obviously a little biased in this view, but Golf Channel is a good partner for the tour. It’s a permanent home for the broadcasts with resources worldwide and a team of people who really enjoy the tour and care for the product. The problem is, not all the events are branded by Golf Channel. When the tour goes to Asia, Golf Channel simply airs a world feed without familiar commentators or the look of what you might expect from one of our broadcasts. A consistent look throughout the season breeds familiarity with the viewers. Sponsors are sometimes more concerned by hospitality rather than visibility. That’s great, but not for the long-term health of the overall product and certainly not for people like you and me who enjoy watching quality golf broadcasts on television.

Golf Channel is an obvious home for the LPGA. The problem is, it's also home for telecasts of the European tour, Nationwide tour, Champions tour and PGA Tour. That's too many tours and not enough hours in the day to televise them all when they all conclude at about the same time on the same weekend days.

It's surprising that one of the smaller tours hasn't experimented with Saturday finishes or something really radical like a Saturday-to-Tuesday schedule. A Monday or Tuesday final round could be the focus of attention at Golf Channel, which has no live golf to televise the first three days each week. Of course, that would also be an admission of what we already know--they aren't golf tournaments anymore, they're television shows.

June 06, 2009

What to Watch For: Sunday at the State Farm Classic

Posted at 8:23 PM by Damon Hack

Cristie Kerr is underrated, even with her 12 career wins. Every year she seems lost in the debate of the top LPGA golfers in the world. First it was the Annika Show. Then it was Lorena Ochoa and a slew of teenage upstarts.

All Kerr does is win and often. On Saturday, she shot a 66 in the 20-25 mile an hour winds at the State Farm Classic.

"I'm a grinder," Kerr said.  

I'm going to be watching to see if Kerr can notch her second win of the year, following her victory at Kingsmill. Ever since she won her first major -- the U.S. Women's Open at Pine Needles in 2007 -- Kerr has used the experience to fuel her while in contention. At Kingsmill, she said she was calm the entire final round. She shot 70. I believe her.

I'm also going to see if Kristy McPherson, who is tied with Kerr at 12-under, can notch her first LPGA win. McPherson has been in contention all year. Both McPherson and Kerr finished a shot behind Brittany Lincicome at the Kraft Nabisco earlier in the year.

I'll also be watching Ai Miyazato, the Japanese star who stands two shots back and is also looking for her first LPGA win. Miyazato shot 65 on Saturday with a swing that should be accompanied by a lullaby. It's a slow, smooth action that doesn't send the ball very far, but it sure flies straight.

That's a good recipe in the winds of Springfield, Ill.

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April 05, 2009

Final Round at the Kraft Nabisco Championship

Posted at 12:25 PM by Ryan Reiterman

Can Kristy McPherson hang on to her slim lead today and win her first major championship? It will be tough as she will be paired with veteran Cristie Kerr, who got several bounces in the third round that made you think, "This is her tournament." Check back later to see who won, plus photos from the winner's dive into the pond.

In progress: Final round scores | Recap | Photos

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