Cristie Kerr didn’t just end the American drought in official LPGA events this year.
By winning the LPGA State Farm Classic Monday morning, she moved a step closer to becoming the first American to rise to No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings and the first American to win Rolex Player of the Year honors since Beth Daniel in 1994.
Kerr moved up a spot to No. 4 in the world rankings behind Jiyai Shin, Ai Miyazato and Suzann Pettersen. She’s No. 3 in the Player of the Year standings behind Miyazato and Yani Tseng.
“This win is huge for Americans on tour,” Kerr said.
“You know, Morgan [Pressel] won in Japan earlier in the year. I know it wasn't an official event, but she played great to win. She's one of my best friends.
“We need to really build LPGA girls' golf programs in America, because we need more girls in America playing and getting out there to Q schools and getting on tour. We need to look out for the health of American golf going forward.”