Kerr Rallies for First Title in 2006

By Sports NetworkMay 7, 2006, 4:00 pm
04 Franklin American Mortgage Champ.FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- Cristie Kerr posted a 5-under 67 on Sunday to erase a four-shot deficit and win the Franklin American Mortgage Championship. She finished at 19-under-par 269 and won by two shots for her seventh LPGA Tour title.
 
'I just had a feeling this whole week it was going to be my week,' acknowledged Kerr, who pocketed $165,000 for the win. 'I just knew that I just had to hang in there and just keep going and applying pressure. That's what happened.'
 
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Crisite Kerr jumps into the arms of her fiance after winning the title in Tennessee.
Angela Stanford squandered her four-shot lead en route to a 1-over 73 on Sunday. She tied for second place with Lorena Ochoa (66) and Pat Hurst (68) at minus-17.
 
Ji Yeon Lee carded a 3-under 69 in the final round to finish alone in fifth place at 16-under-par 272.
 
Kerr did not look like she would threaten Stanford's lead as she pulled her approach at the first, but she drained the 50-footer for birdie. Stanford actually holed a 7-foot par putt of her own at the first, but Kerr continued to apply the pressure.
 
Kerr hit an 8-iron to 12 feet to set up birdie at the fifth, then got within one of the lead thanks to a 9-foot birdie putt at No. 7. When Stanford missed a 4-foot par putt at eight, the two were tied.
 
At the par-4 10th, Kerr hit an 8-iron inside a foot to set up a tap-in birdie. That put her one ahead, but the par-4 13th became the pivotal hole of the round.
 
Stanford hit a poor 5-iron approach shot and chipped to 10 feet. Kerr knocked a 6-iron to 20 feet and sank the birdie putt. Stanford missed her par effort to fall three off the pace.
 
Ochoa briefly cut the gap to two, but had a chance to challenge Kerr. Ochoa found the fairway off the par-5 18th tee, but dunked her second in the water. She made par, but knew she would need Kerr's help if she was to have a crack at a playoff.
 
Hurst flew up the leaderboard with five birdies in a row to close her round, but it was not enough. If anyone was going to catch Kerr, it would have to be Stanford.
 
The 54-hole leader never got anything going down the stretch, but did birdie 18 to get into the tie for second place.
 
'It was a rough day,' admitted Stanford, whose only win on tour came in 2003. 'Any time you can be in the lead and put yourself out there; you're going to learn something. And the more times you can do it, the more chances you have to win. I haven't been in that position in a while, and I plan on being in that position a few more times this year.'
 
For Kerr, it marked her first trip to the winner's circle this season.
 
'You can really only control what is in your control, and I just tried to play a solid round of golf,' said Kerr. 'I knew I was going to have to shoot 5- or 6-under. At times, hit it great; at times didn't, and I was managing my golf game out there.
 
'It feels great, just absolutely great.'
 
Marisa Baena fired a 9-under-par 63 and tied for sixth place with Sophie Gustafson, who posted a 1-under 71 on Sunday. The pair finished at 15-under- par 273.
 
Young Kim carded a 7-under 65 and shared eighth place with Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, who shot a 71, at minus-14.
 
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    What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

    Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

    Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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    Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

    Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

    While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

    The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

    So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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    Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

    By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

    The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

    As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

    Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

    And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

    And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

    McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

    The Ryder Cup topped his list.

    Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

    When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

    “Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



    McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

    Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

    “The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

    European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

    And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

    The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

    Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

    And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

    Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

    The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

    The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

    More bulletin board material, too.

    Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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    Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

    Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

    The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

    It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

    The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

    “I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

    Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.