Sunday, June 07, 2009

Cristie Kerr is underrated, even with her 12 career wins. Every year she seems lost in the debate of the top LPGA golfers in the world. First it was the Annika Show. Then it was Lorena Ochoa and a slew of teenage upstarts.
All Kerr does is win and often. On Saturday, she shot a 66 in the 20-25 mile an hour winds at the State Farm Classic.
"I'm a grinder," Kerr said.  
I'm going to be watching to see if Kerr can notch her second win of the year, following her victory at Kingsmill. Ever since she won her first major -- the U.S. Women's Open at Pine Needles in 2007 -- Kerr has used the experience to fuel her while in contention. At Kingsmill, she said she was calm the entire final round. She shot 70. I believe her.
I'm also going to see if Kristy McPherson, who is tied with Kerr at 12-under, can notch her first LPGA win. McPherson has been in contention all year. Both McPherson and Kerr finished a shot behind Brittany Lincicome at the Kraft Nabisco earlier in the year.
I'll also be watching Ai Miyazato, the Japanese star who stands two shots back and is also looking for her first LPGA win. Miyazato shot 65 on Saturday with a swing that should be accompanied by a lullaby. It's a slow, smooth action that doesn't send the ball very far, but it sure flies straight.
That's a good recipe in the winds of Springfield, Ill.
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