Lewis, Kerr aim to end American major drought


SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Stacy Lewis and Cristie Kerr are taking different approaches to preparation in their bids to end the American slump in women’s major championships this week.

Lewis and Kerr, the highest ranked Americans in the world, will be seeking to end the 0-for-9 skid USA players have endured in major championships the last two-and-a-half seasons when the U.S. Women’s Open begins Thursday at Sebonack Golf Club. That's the longest run of majors without an American win in the history of women's golf.

Lewis is the last American to win a major, claiming the Kraft Nabisco Championship early in the 2011 season. She didn’t take any early scouting trips here, last playing the course in a charity event two years ago. She took her first tour of the course in preparation of the U.S. Women’s Open when she arrived Monday.

“I’ve never liked coming in early to play a U.S. Open course because I feel like the conditions can change a lot,” Lewis said. “We get three practice rounds, so I think you have plenty of time to learn the course.”

Kerr has a residence in New York City and says she has ventured to Sebonack a number of times to play here. She knows the course very well.

“I’ve certainly done my homework,” Kerr said. “I come out here a bunch ... I’m staying with friends this week, so it just sort of has a home feel to it.”