LPGA legend Cristie Kerr, 44, turns back time to vault up Meijer leaderboard

LPGA legend Cristie Kerr, 44, turns back time to vault up Meijer leaderboard


Belmont, Michigan — Cristie Kerr has played in every Meijer LPGA Classic, and she loves coming to Grand Rapids. But she hasn’t seriously contended since the inaugural tournament in 2014, when she tied for ninth.

On Saturday morning, Kerr, 44, turned back time and carded a 7-under 65 to vault well up the leaderboard, from 55th place to start the day to inside the top 10 as the leaders were just teeing off on a glorious day at Blythefield Country Club just outside Grand Rapids. She ended the day tied for 14th, eight shots back of defending champion Nelly Korda.

Kerr, who’s won 20 times on the LPGA including two majors, is looking for her first top 10 in an individual format tournament since 2020. She hasn’t won since 2017.

LPGA legend Cristie Kerr, 44, turns back time to vault up Meijer leaderboard

“I just have always really loved this game,” Kerr said. “Sometimes it breaks your heart, makes you mad, but I’ve always had a love for this game and a love to work at it. I think once I don’t feel like working at it anymore, then I’ll probably do something else.

“But, yeah, (the) game is getting younger, but the golf ball doesn’t know the age. I’ve always said that. I’ve just got to work harder off the golf course to be able to compete.”

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