Hound Dog has been saying for months that Cristie Kerr is having a better season this year than last--and she got her win to prove it this week at the Safeway Classic. With Helen Alfredsson and Sophie Gustafson breaking 70 for the 3rd straight time, Kerr needed to go out and put pressure on them, and she did with the lowest round of the week. It was so good both veteran Swedes needed to birdie the 18th to force a playoff and did. I'll leave the play-by-play to Hound Dog, as I have only my mom's recap and Kerr's detailed answers to interview questions to go by. But I'll offer my congratulations to the winner!
Quick congrats as well to last week's winner Katherine Hull, Hee-Won Han, and Dorothy Delasin for their good tournaments. And to the LPGA's Big 3 who all tied for 6th. Small condolences to Inbee Park and big ones to Kelli Kuehne, but at least her good friend won. Talk about the difference 18 holes can make! Kuehne just broke the $105K barrier in season winnings, while Kerr has moved close to $900K. With Alfredsson joining the Million Dollar Club and Na Yeon Choi some spare change short, it's up to Kerr, Jeong Jang, Suzann Pettersen, Eun-Hee Ji, and Angela Park to pick up the pace. It's about time to break that 2006 record of 11 LPGA millionaires.
[Update 1 (1:22 am): Verdant Garden followed Jee Young Lee, Inbee Park, and Leta Lindley. Go-Kimmie-Go followed Seon Hwa Lee, Morgan Pressel, and Audra Burks.]
[Update 2 (12:44 pm): Heeeere's Hound Dog!]