Kerr poised to break US drought


Cristie Kerr’s been sick all week.

That makes it fitting that she be the one to find the cure for what's ailing the Americans in LPGA events this season.

With a strong finish to her suspended third round Sunday morning at the LPGA State Farm Classic, Kerr took a three-shot lead into the afternoon’s final round. Asians have won all seven of the LPGA’s official events this year.

Since Kerr won the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill in May of 2009, there’s been just one American to win an official LPGA event. Michelle Wie won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational six months ago.

Kerr, fighting a cold this week, made six birdies over 14 holes Sunday morning in finishing up a round of 9-under-par 63.

“It motivates me a lot,” Kerr said of the American drought. “It's necessary for our tour. We've had all Asian winners so far, and I think to show that we're a well-rounded tour, we have to have the Americans, Europeans, Asians; we all have to win.”