Cristie Kerr is battling a frustrating bout of tendinitis in her right elbow/arm and is shutting down competitive play the next two weeks in hopes she will be ready to go for the Ricoh Women’s British Open Aug. 1-4 at the Old Course in St. Andrews.
Kerr intended to play in this week’s Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Canada and next week’s Marathon Classic in suburban Toledo, Ohio, but she pulled out with her doctors recommending rest, according to her management team.
Kerr originally hurt her right wrist so badly at the 2011 Solheim Cup, she had to concede her singles match to Karen Stupples. Kerr’s team reports the tendinitis from that injury appeared to migrate down into her arm and elbow last year, and she has been frustrated that it keeps flaring up this year. The problem has limited her practice this season.
Kerr, the second ranked American in the world at No. 12 in the Rolex world rankings, withdrew from the pro-am at the Wegmans LPGA Championship early last month with the tendinitis bothering her. She did play in that championship, tying for 12th. She rested for two weeks after that and did not play again until the U.S. Women’s Open, where she tied for 20th. If Kerr plays the Women’s British Open, she will have played three consecutive majors and nothing else in between.