RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Something will feel odd about this weekend’s Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Cristie Kerr won’t be playing.
For the first time since 2001, the LPGA will stage a major championship weekend without her.
Kerr missed the cut Friday, her first missed cut in a major championship since she missed the cut at the Women’s British Open at the end of ’01.
Still, Kerr left the scoring tent unbowed.
“It’s OK,” Kerr assured the folks who greeted her afterward. “Nobody died. It’s a good day.”
Kerr doesn’t just make the cuts in majors. She contends in most of them. A two-time major winner, she’s finished fifth or better in 15 majors in her career, including four of the previous six.
Kerr’s undoing was a 78 on Thursday. Bouncing back with a 72 Friday, she ended up missing the cut by a single shot.
“I’m too good to play the way I did yesterday, but it proves we are not immune to being human,” Kerr said. “That’s the way it goes. I’ll be disappointed, but I won’t be so down that I won’t be able to come back out with guns blazing.”