ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Cristie Kerr returns to play at this week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open reporting her injured right elbow is healing nicely.
Kerr sat out the last two LPGA events to rest her ailing elbow, which has been inflamed with tendinitis. It has been plaguing her since late spring, since the North Texas Shootout in Dallas in late April. She hasn’t played since the U.S. Women’s Open. In fact, she has only played the majors this summer because of the injury. With this week’s event, her last three starts have all been majors as she has sought to rest the elbow as much as possible.
“This week, I actually feel amazing,” Kerr said.
Kerr said she had a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection after the U.S. Women’s Open, and has been taking Celebrex, an anti-inflammatory. Though Kerr said the PRP treatment initially creates swelling and increases inflammation, its benefits are starting to show now. She is wearing a brace on the elbow after going a couple weeks without practicing.
“I’ve felt great this whole week,” Kerr said.
Healthy, Kerr is always among the favorites at a major. A 16-time LPGA winner, she won the U.S. Women’s Open in ’07 and the LPGA Championship in ’10. She has five top-10 finishes at the Women’s British Open, three of them T-5 or better.