Resilient Kerr ready to tackle Kraft Nabisco

By Randall MellMarch 30, 2011, 11:57 pm
2007 Kraft Nabisco ChampionshipRANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Cristie Kerr endured a tough off-season.

Her mother, Linda, who has survived breast cancer and a heart attack, had 10 inches of her colon removed in a battle with diverticulitis.

Her father, Michael, was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Even her dog, Bailey, a mini-Chinese Shar-Pei, was stricken, glaucoma taking most of his sight in one eye.

Cristie Kerr
Cristie Kerr has won two major championship titles. (Getty Images)
So it’s notable that Kerr looks so renewed and fit as she prepares for Thursday’s start of the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the year’s first major.

“Everything has kind of calmed down for me,” Kerr, 33, said. “Everything is all right now.”

Kerr reports her parents are doing fine, and she’s feeling transformed once again after re-committing to a fitness and diet regimen at the end of last season.

“I wanted to lose five or seven pounds,” Kerr said. “I ended up losing 12 or 13 pounds ... Stress probably helped me lose that extra five pounds.”

It’s been a decade since Kerr made her dramatic transformation, as much psychological, she says now, as physical, when she lost 50 pounds, got rid of her wire-rim librarian glasses and started appearing on the cover of magazines as one of the tour’s glamour girls.

At the end of last year, Kerr returned to the same diet that helped her make her first transformation, restricting “processed carbohydrates, white bread and white flower.” A wine connoisseur, she even abstained from alcohol for six weeks.

“I trained a lot of times twice a day,” Kerr said. “I’ve been training hard and I feel a lot better.”

Kerr’s game took off with her first transformation. She says her devotion to change turned her game and life around.

“I think it’s hard to put a value on that,” Kerr said. “I think if I stayed the way I was, I wouldn’t have the career to date that I have, or be as happy.

“I try to always re-invent myself and have a new look and kind of like to always surprise people.”

People who knew Kerr in high school might walk past her without recognizing her if they haven’t followed her career.

“It’s nice to be in a different place, where you can look good in clothing and feel good versus being a sixth-grader where people make fun of you and call you fatso,” Kerr said. “I got teased a lot in high school. So, it’s nice to finally, maybe, turn into a little bit of a swan.”

Fatso? Did she actually hear that?

“Are you kidding?” she said. “Absolutely. Kids in high school and middle school are not very nice if you aren’t one of the 'in,' popular kids. I wore these big thick glasses. I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures. I’m not that person anymore, so it feels really good to have conquered that.”

Kerr would like to conquer the Dinah Shore Tournament Course in a bid to win the Kraft Nabisco. She has a history of contending in this event but no title to show for it.

A 14-time LPGA winner, with two major championships to her credit, including last year’s runaway 12-shot victory at the LPGA Championship, Kerr has finished fifth or better five times at the Kraft Nabisco. She tied for second in ’09, when Brittany Lincicome won with an eagle at the final hole.

“I’ve always loved this golf course,” Kerr said. “I’ve had a lot of close calls here. So I’m ready for the challenge to try and play every day the best I can. Hopefully, at the end of the week, it will add up to some good things.”

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Trump golf properties


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Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Pros comment on the president

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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.