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LPGA Championship -- Final Round Recap

LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP -- FINAL ROUND

 

Shark Attack: Cristie Kerr smelled blood, all right. Her final-round 66 produced a 12-stroke victory, the largest in the history of the LPGA Championship.

 

Round of the Day: Kerr’s sizzling finish matched the 66 posted by Ai Miyazato, who had been the world’s top-ranked player. Coincidence? Don’t believe it.

 

Stars and Stripes: Kerr led five American’s into the top 20. Joining her were Morgan Pressel (69, T7), Brittany Lincicome and Stacy Lewis (both 73, T14), and Michelle Wie (70, T19).

 

Stat Check: Kerr hit 80.56 percent of greens in regulation for the tournament and averaged 1.603 putts in her GIR. Both figures topped the field. She was ninth in driving distance (250.88) but tied for 56th in fairways hit (55.36).

 

Toughest hole: The 413-yard par-4 10th   played to a 4.3 average with 26 bogeys and four doubles against 12 birdies.

 

 Easiest hole: All week the par-5 17th was an oasis in the desert. Sunday it yielded 26 birdies and an eagle and a 4.69 stroke average. Its 4.79 average overall made it the easiest hole in the tournament.

 

Quotable: Kerr greenside after being deoused with champagne: “”Is my mascara running?””

 

Quotable II: South Korea’s Song –Hee Kim on Kerr’s eight-shot lead heading into the day: “Forget about her. Her round. She is too far away.””

 

Next Major: The U.S. Women’s Open will be contested at Oakmont in two weeks. What does Ai Miyazato know about the course? “Well,”” she said, “”my caddy was telling me that the green are like potato chips.”” That about sums it up.   

 

-- Bob DiCesare

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