Kerr returns from injury with chance at Globe jackpot

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A month after withdrawing from the HanaBank Championship with a back injury, Cristie Kerr is making her return this week to the LPGA.

Kerr will tee it up Thursday at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational feeling better. She’s looking for a strong finish in Mexico City to give herself a shot at the Race to the CME Globe $1 million jackpot in Naples, Fla, next week.

Kerr needs a strong effort to move into the top nine on the CME Globe points list. The top nine going to the CME Group Tour Championship have a chance to win the $1 million CME Globe payout. Kerr needs to finish first or at least tied for second this week to have a shot at moving into the top nine.

“I completely did the right thing going home,” Kerr said of her WD in South Korea. “I thought there was something really wrong with [my back], because it just kept flaring up. It would get better and get worse and really flared up on that Tuesday in Korea and in the first round as well.”

Kerr said she had an MRI upon her return to the United States and was diagnosed with a strain of the ligament that connects her spine and rib cage.

“From playing golf and lifting my son and stuff, I kind of hurt the intercostal muscles, the rib muscles,” Kerr said.

Kerr said her back was bothering her off and on for about seven weeks prior to her WD in South Korea. She received an injection after returning to the United States and took about 10 days off.