PITTSFORD -- It wasn't a round of golf. It was a coronation. Cristi Kerr just completed one of the most dominant performances in major golf history, shooting 66 in the final round to win the LPGA Championship by 12 strokes at Locust Hill Country Club.
I imagine this was how it felt when Tiger Woods won the Masters by 12 shots in 1997 -- or the U.S. Open by 15 strokes in 2000. No one is supposed to tear up the course this way in a major. But Kerr grabbed this tournament by the throat in the second round and never let up. She shot 68-66-69-66 on the par-72 Locust Hill layout. Kerr led by eight shots to begin Sunday's round and played as if she were behind by a shot. On the final hold, Kerr landed the ball a few feet above the hole at the back of the green and made an easy three-foot birdie putt to finish in style.
The LPGA hasn't made an official announcement, but the win will push Kerr into first place in the ROLEX world rankings. No American has led the rankings since they went to world rankings for women in 2006.
Kerr's 12-stroke winning margin set a record for the LPGA Championship. Betsy King won the tournament by 11 shots in 1992. Louise Suggs won the U.S. Open by 14 strokes in 1949.
There's little doubt that Kerr is the best American woman golfer right now. She has won two majors. Americans have won only six of the last 34 LPGA events. She has three wins during that time.
"It feels awesome," Kerr said after the final round. "I'm not going to lie. But that's when I do my stuff to the level that I can do it. I just had a great week. I putted great. I hit it really good and I just managed to keep the momentum going all week.
"There are no words," Kerr said of her ascension to No. 1 in the world. "It's kind of like that Stanley Cup commercial. There are no words."