Kerr rolls to 12-stroke win at LPGA Championship
Kerr closed with a birdie for 6-under 66, finishing at 19-under 269 and leading all four rounds. This was her second major title, the other coming at the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open.
“It’s been such an amazing week,” she said. “To play here well on a golf course this tough and to win by that many shots in a major championship—that’s just unreal.”
Kerr began the final round with an eight-stroke lead on a humid, overcast day at Locust Hill Country Club. She opened with six straight pars before birdieing three of her next four holes.
By winning the $337,500 purse at the $2.25 million tournament, Kerr was projected by the LPGA to overtake Japan’s Ai Miyazato when the world rankings are released today. Miyazato needed to finish second to remain No. 1.
Kerr is the first American to win the LPGA Championship since Juli Inkster in 2000. She becomes only the fifth player to hold the No. 1 spot since the rankings were started in 2006.
Miyazato, a four-time winner on the LPGA tour this season, shot 66 to finish at 5 under in a tie for third with Jiyai Shin (71), the world’s No. 2. Song-Hee Kim (69) was second.
Kerr’s margin of victory beat the previous LPGA Championship record by one stroke set by Betsy King in 1992.
This was Kerr’s 14th win in 14 years on the tour.
Watson wins playoff
for first PGA Tour victory
At Cromwell, Conn., Bubba Watson rallied from six strokes back and beat Scott Verplank on the second playoff hole with a par putt to earn his first PGA Tour victory on Sunday at the Travelers Championship.
Watson, Verplank and Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin needed extra holes after they all finished at 14-under par.
After dropping a 3-footer for par on the par-3 16th to win it, Watson hugged his wife, Angie, and began crying.
Verplank left his tee shot short of the green on the second playoff hole and missed an 8-foot par putt. Watson, who had a 48-footer for birdie, was able to steady his nerves enough to get it close.
Pavin was eliminated on the first playoff hole.
Roberts tops Champions
At Endicott, N.Y., Loren Roberts birdied the 18th hole to win the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open after making bogey at No. 17.
Roberts finished at 15-under 201 for a one-shot victory over Fred Funk. It was Roberts’ 12 victory on the Champions Tour.
Local favorite Wayne Levi (69) tied for third at 13 under with Nick Price (68) and Dan Forsman (71).
, who bogeyed three of the final five holes to lose the lead he held for most of the day. Forsman is a native of Wausau.
Last updated: 1:59 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012