LPGA pros managing schedule gaps


PHOENIX – Cristie Kerr is among players who find the early gaps in the LPGA schedule difficult.

After the two-event Asian swing opened the LPGA schedule in February, players had two weeks off before moving to the opening American swing. After the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, the Kia Classic and the Kraft Nabisco are played in consecutive weeks, the LPGA is off three weeks in April.

“There is definitely a little bit lost for me, I would say for everybody,” Kerr said. “It’s just hard to be tournament sharp unless you’re playing tournament golf . . . Hitting shots under pressure, knowing you played well, getting a round in the 60s under your belt, those things lead to more successful tournaments. So, it’s hard when you’re off three weeks after having three events in a row. You want to keep going if you’re playing well.”

The LPGA has 24 events on its schedule.

“I would like to see four or five more tournaments,” Kerr said. “A full schedule for me used to be 27, 28 events. Now I played 22, 23. So it’s seems there’s a lot of down time.”