Early edge to Kerr in All-American battle


BETHLEHEM, Pa. –  A short birdie putt by Cristie Kerr on the par-3 4th hole finally gave the throng of fans following the dream All-American pairing of Kerr and Paula Creamer something to cheer about Saturday. Kerr had missed a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 1 while Creamer slid a 4-footer by for what would have been a spectacular birdie on the difficult par-4 3rd, which she double bogeyed during Thursday’s first round.

Both players bogeyed the par-4 second hole, which should come as no surprise since it played as the most difficult hole in the second round (4.570 stroke average) and the second-most difficult on Thursday. Creamer pulled her approach shot into the left greenside bunker and after blasting to 6 feet, missed her par putt. Kerr missed a 10-footer for her par.

Kerr is even par (-3) on her round through four holes while Creamer has dropped a stroke and is at 1 under.

For the first time all week, conditions aren't so pleasant at Saucon Valley Country Club. The wind is howling ahead of a cold front that is expected to bring some showers and thunderstorms to the area later today. There is a 50-percent chance of a shower or thunderstorm this afternoon, a number that increases to 80 percent by 8 p.m EST. The front is expected to move through early Sunday morning, with partly sunny skies and breezy conditions forecasted for the final round.