Kerr at the 2013 Kingsmill Championship
|Born||October 12, 1977|
Miami, Florida, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|Residence||Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.|
|Spouse||Erik Stevens (m. 2006)|
|Current tour(s)||LPGA Tour (joined 1997)|
|Former tour(s)||Futures Tour (1996)|
Players West Tour (1996)
|Number of wins by tour|
|Ladies European Tour||1|
|Best results in LPGA major championships|
|ANA Inspiration||T2: 2009|
|Women's PGA C'ship||Won: 2010|
|U.S. Women's Open||Won: 2007|
|du Maurier Classic||T17: 1999|
|Women's British Open||T2: 2006|
|Evian Championship||T18: 2017|
|Achievements and awards|
Cristie Kerr (born October 12, 1977) is an American professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour. She has 20 wins on the LPGA Tour, including two major championships, and over $19 million in career earnings. Kerr was the number one-ranked golfer in the Women's World Golf Rankings for three time periods in 2010. She is naturally left handed but plays golf right handed.
Kerr was born in Miami, Florida, and started playing golf at the age of eight. She had a successful amateur career, winning the 1994 Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship and the 1995 Women's Western Amateur. She was the 1995 American Junior Golf Association Junior Player of the Year. In 1996 she played in the Curtis Cup and was the low amateur at the U.S. Women's Open. She graduated from Miami Sunset High School in West Kendall, Florida.
She turned professional in 1996 at age 18 after graduating from high school, playing on both the Futures Tour and Players West Tour. In October 1996, she tied for sixth at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to gain exempt status for 1997. Her LPGA career started fairly slowly; she broke into the top fifty on the money list in her third season in 1999, but did not win until her sixth season. In 2002, she won her first LPGA event at the Longs Drugs Challenge in California. By 2004, she was one of the leading players on the tour, with three tournament victories, and a fifth-place finish on the money list. She won two tournaments in 2005 and moved up to third on the money list. She tied for second at the 2000 U.S. Women's Open, matched by her performance in the 2006 Women's British Open. Her first win of 2006 came at the Franklin American Mortgage Championship where she posted a tournament-record score of 19 under par. In 2006, she was the only American to win more than one event on the LPGA Tour, winning three times. She won the 2007 U.S. Women's Open, her first major championship. She was also a member of the United States Solheim Cup team in 2002,2003, and 2005.
The hallmarks of Kerr's game are putting; she finished in the top five on the LPGA Tour in putts/greens hit in 2005 and 2006 and iron play. She was fifth in greens-in-regulation in 2005. In 2005, Kerr finished in the top 10 in half of the tournaments she entered, and ranked second in the LPGA in scoring average, trailing only Annika Sörenstam.
In 2010, Kerr won two of the first 10 tournaments on the LPGA Tour, including the LPGA Championship, which she won by a record-breaking 12-stroke margin over the second-place finisher Song-Hee Kim. As a result of this finish, she went to the top of the Women's World Golf Rankings on June 28, 2010. Kerr held the position for three weeks before Ai Miyazato again regained the top ranking by a margin of 0.0006 average points.
In 2015, Kerr won the CME Group Tour Championship by one shot over fellow American Gerina Piller and South Korean Jang Ha-na. That year she made 24 cuts out of 25 events, captured her 17th career victory at the Kia Classic and posted a 3-0-1 record at her eight Solheim Cup, helping the U.S. team to victory.
In 2016, she recorded four top-10 finishes, including a tie for seventh at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship. She was also on the victorious U.S. team at the UL International Crown, where she posted a team-best 3-1-0 record. In 2017, Kerr recorded her 19th and 20th career wins, moving her into a tie with Laura Davies for 26th all-time on the LPGA career wins list. That year she also participated in her ninth Solheim Cup for the U.S., posting a 3-0-1 record, thereby surpassing Juli Inkster for the all-time lead in points recorded by a U.S. player in Solheim Cup history (21). In 2018, Kerr recorded two top-10 finishes, with a season-best finish tied for second at the Kia Classic
Kerr is actively involved in fundraising for breast cancer research.
The LPGA and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation awarded Kerr the 2006 LPGA Komen Award due to her dedication to find a cure for breast cancer through the foundation that she founded called Birdies for Breast Cancer. Kerr donates $50 per birdie. As of August 2009, she has raised over $750,000 through donations and an annual charity event. Kerr created the foundation in honor of her mother, Linda, who has been her inspiration. The foundation was created in 2003, the year that her mother Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer. Kerr also founded Curvature Wines, which helps to raise money for breast cancer charities. All Trump resorts carry the 2006 cabernet sauvignon under the Curvature Wines label.
Kerr is 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) in height. In 1999, she weighed 175 pounds (79 kg), a weight that caused her to have back spasms. Her parents, who are divorced, are both diabetics, and her mother had a heart attack when Kerr was in the ninth grade. After her weight peaked, Kerr began exercising regularly and went on a diet. By 2002, she had lost 50 pounds (23 kg), and weighs 125 pounds (57 kg).
Kerr made an appearance on an episode of the third season of Donald Trump's television series The Apprentice in 2005. In 2006, Kerr married businessman Erik Stevens. Kerr and Stevens maintain a residence in Scottsdale, Arizona. One of her sponsors is Mutual of Omaha, which donates money to her breast cancer research foundation every time she places third or better.
Kerr partnered with Pride Mountain Vineyards in Napa, California, to launch her Curvature wine label with the 2006 vintage. She has also launched a new wine venture, Kerr Cellars, with winemaker Helen Keplinger, beginning with a 2013 vintage. The label now produces Pinot noir and red and white Bordeaux blends. In 2013, she passed the Court of Master Sommeliers level I test.
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||Apr 21, 2002||Longs Drugs Challenge||66-72-67-75=280||-8||1 stroke||Hee-Won Han||135,000|
|2||Apr 17, 2004||LPGA Takefuji Classic||69-67-73=209||-7||Playoff||Seol-An Jeon||165,000|
|3||Jun 20, 2004||ShopRite LPGA Classic||66-68-68=202||-11||1 stroke|| Paula Creamer (a)
|4||Sep 5, 2004||State Farm Classic||69-63-63-69=264||-24||1 stroke||Christina Kim||180,000|
|5||May 8, 2005||Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill||68-68-68-72=276||-8||5 strokes||Jill McGill||330,000|
|6||Aug 28, 2005||Wendy's Championship for Children||68-67-66-69=270||-18||1 stroke|| Paula Creamer
|7||May 7, 2006||Franklin American Mortgage Championship||67-69-66-67=269||-19||2 strokes|| Pat Hurst
|8||Aug 13, 2006||CN Canadian Women's Open||67-70-74-65=276||-12||1 stroke||Angela Stanford||255,000|
|9||Sep 10, 2006||John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic||70-61-68=199||-14||1 stroke||Annika Sörenstam||150,000|
|10||Jul 1, 2007||U.S. Women's Open||71-72-66-70=279||-5||2 strokes|| Lorena Ochoa
|11||Aug 24, 2008||Safeway Classic||71-67-65=203||-13||Playoff|| Helen Alfredsson
|12||May 10, 2009||Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill (2)||69-63-66-70=268||-16||2 strokes||In-Kyung Kim||330,000|
|13||Jun 13, 2010||LPGA State Farm Classic (2)||67-67-63-69=266||-22||1 stroke|| Na Yeon Choi
|14||Jun 27, 2010||LPGA Championship||68-66-69-66=269||-19||12 strokes||Song-Hee Kim||337,500|
|15||Nov 11, 2012||Lorena Ochoa Invitational||67-69-67-69=272||-16||1 stroke|| Inbee Park
|16||May 5, 2013||Kingsmill Championship (3)||66-71-66-69=272||-12||Playoff||Suzann Pettersen||195,000|
|17||Mar 29, 2015||Kia Classic||67-68-68-65=268||-20||2 strokes||Mirim Lee||255,000|
|18||Nov 22, 2015||CME Group Tour Championship||68-69-66-68=271||-17||1 stroke|| Jang Ha-na
|19||Apr 15, 2017||Lotte Championship||71-69-62-66=268||-20||3 strokes|| Chun In-gee
|20||Oct 29, 2017||Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia||70-63-65-71=269||-15||1 stroke|| Jacqui Concolino
LPGA Tour playoff record (3-3)
|1||2004||LPGA Takefuji Classic||Seol-An Jeon||Won with par on seventh extra hole|
|2||2004||ADT Championship||Annika Sörenstam||Lost to bogey on first extra hole|
|3||2008||Safeway Classic|| Helen Alfredsson
|Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|4||2008||Navistar LPGA Classic|| Candie Kung
|Ochoa won with par on second extra hole|
Kerr eliminated with par on first hole
|5||2013||Kingsmill Championship||Suzann Pettersen||Won with par on second extra hole|
|6||2017||Volunteers of America Texas Shootout||Haru Nomura||Lost to birdie on sixth extra hole|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||Apr 3, 1995||Ironwood Futures Classic||71-67=138||-6||3 strokes||Stephanie Comstock||n/a^|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Oct 8, 2017||Lacoste Ladies Open de France||-17 (62-64-68-69=263)||4 strokes||Lin Xiyu|
|2007||U.S. Women's Open||-5 (71-72-66-70=279)||2 strokes||Lorena Ochoa, Angela Park|
|2010||LPGA Championship||-19 (68-66-69-66=269)||12 strokes||Song-Hee Kim|
Results not in chronological order before 2019.
|U.S. Women's Open||CUT||T36LA||60||CUT||T2|
|Women's PGA Championship||CUT||CUT||T5||WD|
|du Maurier Classic||CUT||T54||T17||CUT|
|U.S. Women's Open||T4||T32||T13||T27||T10||T28||1||T13||T3||T17|
|Women's PGA Championship||CUT||T41||T34||T17||T33||T5||T18||T10||T31||1|
|Women's British Open ^||CUT||T29||T14||T11||T5||T2||T33||6||T8||T5|
|U.S. Women's Open||3||T9||T20||CUT||CUT||T8||T19||T52||CUT|
|Women's PGA Championship||T3||T12||T12||T17||T19||T50||CUT||T49||T60|
|The Evian Championship ^^||CUT||T67||T53||T39||T18||CUT||CUT|
|Women's British Open ^||T14||T13||16||WD||T13||72||T59||T28||CUT|
LA = Low amateur
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
T = tied
|U.S. Women's Open||1||1||2||5||8||13||24||19|
|Women's PGA Championship||1||0||1||4||5||11||23||18|
|The Evian Championship||0||0||0||0||0||1||6||4|
|Women's British Open||0||1||0||3||5||11||19||16|
|du Maurier Classic||0||0||0||0||0||1||5||2|
* Includes match play and other events without a cut
Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.
|2002||4||1-3-0||0-1-0 lost to S. Gustafson 3&2||0-1-0 lost w/ M. Redman 4&3||1-1-0 won w/ R. Jones 1 up,
lost w/ R. Jones 1 up
|2003||4||3-1-0||1-0-0 def. S. Pettersen 1 up||0-1-0 lost w/ K. Kuehne 3&1||2-0-0 won w/ K. Kuehne 2&1,
won w/ K. Kuehne 2&1
|2005||4||2-2-0||0-1-0 lost to G. Nocera 2&1||0-1-0 lost w/ N. Gulbis 2&1||2-0-0 won w/ N. Gulbis 2&1,
won w/ P. Creamer 1 up
|2007||5||1-3-1||0-1-0 lost to L. Wessberg 1 up||0-1-1 halved w/ P. Hurst,
lost w/ N. Castrale 1 dn
|1-1-0 won w/ N. Castrale 3&2,
lost w/ M. Presel 3&2
|2009||4||2-1-1||0-0-1 halved w/ M. Hjorth||1-0-0 won w/ M. Wie 1 up||1-1-0 won w/ P. Creamer 1 up,
lost w/ N. Castrale 1 up
|2011||5||2-2-1||0-1-0 lost to K. Stupples 10&81||1-0-1 won w/ M. Wie 2&1,
halved w/ P. Creamer
|1-1-0 lost w/ M. Wie 2 down,
won w/ M. Pressel 1 up
|2013||4||1-2-1||0-0-1 halved with K. Icher||0-1-0 lost w/ P. Creamer 2&1||1-1-0 won w/ M. Wie 2&1,
lost w/ M. Pressel 2dn
|2015||4||3-0-1||1-0-0 def. C. Hull 3&2||1-0-0 won w/ L. Thompson 2&1||1-0-1 halved w/ L. Thompson
won w/ L. Thompson 3&2
|2017||4||3-0-1||1-0-0 def. M. Reid 2&1||1-0-1 halved w/ L. Thompson
won w/ L. Thompson 5&3
|1-0-0 won w/ L. Thompson 4&2||3.5||87.5|
1 Kerr conceded the match at the start because of injury; Solheim Cup rules categorized this as a 10 and 8 loss.
As perfect evidence that the equipment the professionals play is available to all, Kerr bought her 2007 U.S. Women's Open winning PING G59 Craz-E at a South Korean golf store. Winning with PING has its perks and two replicas of this winning club were made, one given to Kerr and the other deposited in the PING Gold Putter Vault.
| World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
June 28, 2010 - July 18, 2010
| World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
August 16, 2010 - August 22, 2010
| World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
October 25, 2010 - October 31, 2010
|Awards and achievements|
| Best Female Golfer ESPY Award