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Kerrs radiating with confidence

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OAKMONT, Pa. – Nobody arrived at the U.S. Women’s Open with more confidence this week than Cristie Kerr.

The first American to rise to No. 1 in the world believes she belongs there. You can hear it in the wake of her 12-shot romp in winning the LPGA Championship in her last start.

“It’s just kind of my time now,” Kerr said. Kerr was asked if she believed Lorena Ochoa’s exodus opened the door to her becoming No. 1.

“I don’t believe it’s because Lorena retired that I thought I could get to No. 1,” Kerr said. “I beat her in the U.S. Women’s Open head to head at Pine Needles [in ‘07].

“I felt like I could get to No. 1 while Annika [Sorenstam] was here and Lorena was here. But it wasn’t my time then, I guess. My level of play has definitely elevated. I felt like if Lorena was playing against me a couple weeks ago where I won by 12, I don’t necessarily know if I would have won by any less.”