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Not even illness can stop Kerr-Thompson on Day 1

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INCHEON, South Korea – Apparently, nothing’s going to stop Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson from continuing their dominant partnership.

Not food poisoning.

Maybe not even strep throat.

Kerr and Thompson defeated Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg and Madelene Sagstrom, 2 up, in Thursday’s opening fourballs, even with Kerr sick. They’re now 9-1-2 as partners in Solheim Cup and International Crown competition.

“My throat feels like it’s on fire,” Kerr said. “I hope I don’t have strep throat.”

Kerr came down with some sort of food poisoning on Tuesday night. She struggled through Wednesday’s pro-am with a queasy stomach, and she struggled through Thursday’s victory with a raw throat.

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“I’m going to the doctor,” Kerr said before leaving the course.

Thompson was brilliant with her driver, shrinking the course and setting up so many wedge shots. Kerr wasn’t as good as she wanted to be, but that golden putter of hers delivered a couple key putts when they were needed most.

“I just love watching her compete, just how she never gives up,” Thompson said. “She’s always so fired up to do better, and I think that’s great in match play, having a partner like that by your side throughout every round.

“She’s always there pumping me up.”

Kerr, 40, and Thompson, 23, are a strong match of skill and temperament.

For Kerr’s part, she raves about Thompson’s skills.

“When I was out of it, which was probably three quarter of the day today, Lexi was in it,” Kerr said.