Battling flu, defending champ Kerr shoots 72


ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Cristie Kerr looked like she was picking up right where she left off in Thursday’s start of the Wegmans LPGA Championship.

A year after blitzing the field in a record 12-shot rout, Kerr opened this year’s championship with a pair of birdies.

The good feelings didn’t last, though. In fact, Kerr felt awful all day.

“I have a little bit of a bug, a little bit of the flu,” Kerr said.

Kerr ended up scrambling to shoot even-par 72, thanks to a terrific up-and-down at the final hole. After pushing her tee shot into the rough, then knocking her second shot off a tree, she stuffed a wedge to 8 feet and made the putt for par.

“It felt great because shooting even par the first day of a major, nobody is shooting 10 under par,” Kerr said. “You can’t win it on the first day, but I know I can go low on this golf course, so I just need to get some rest, work with my coach a tiny bit.”

Kerr played a Monday outing for Audemars Piguet in Cape Cod. She said it’s making for a long week.