– Cristie Kerr won the LPGA Championship, the second “big one” of the season with a twelve strokes record lead and did something unprecedented for a woman American golfer since the wolrd ranking were established (2006) taking the first place.
Kerr improved by one stroke the tournament’s record, established in 1992 by Betsy King (eleven strokes), matching the second major advantage in a tournament of the ‘Grand Slam’: Louise Suggs retains the record fourteen shots from his triumph in the 1949 U.S. Open and Babe Zaharias won the 1954 edition of this tournament with twelve strokes to spare.
Kerr, winner of the 2007 U.S. Open, finished the final round with 66 hits, six under par for Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford (New York), for a total of 19 below.
The U.S. led the LPGA Championship from start to finish, where the Spanish Azahara Munoz finished eleventh.
On the global list, Kerr removes Japan’s Ai Miyazato from the first place, who finished third and needed to finish in second place in order to maintain her global leadership.
Kerr becomes the fifth woman who heads the world list since its inception. Before her the ranking was led by Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa, Jiyai Shin and Japan’s Shin Jiyai Miyazato.