Kerr’s calm is Williamsburg winner

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Cristie Kerr burst clear of a four-way tie at the 16th to win her second Michelob Ultra Open in Williamsburg on Sunday.

American Solheim Cup star Cristie Kerr burst clear of a four-way tie at the 16th to win her second Michelob Ultra Open in Williamsburg on Sunday.

Kerr, who had previously won in 2005 and did it again at the weekend, this time with a closing 1-under 70 and 16-under 268 total, went from being a shot off the pace and into the lead when front-runner Song-Hee Kim of South Korea made a double bogey on the par-4 16th shortly before Kerr, playing in the final group behind her, made a birdie moments later at the 15h

The birdie sent Kerr, a joint overnight leader, back into the lead and when the other top contenders, Lindsey Wright, the Australian who had shared the lead with her after the third round, and a second Korean, In-Kyung Kim, also bogeyed, Kerr suddenly found herself in the strong position of being two shots clear with just three holes to play.

It was a lead she never relinquished as she cruised home to her 12th career victory and moved to the top of the LPGA Tour’s money list with more than $700,000 in total.

In-Kyung Kim finished second when Wright bogeyed the closing hole with Song-hee Kim third..

Early Tournament leader Lorena Ochoa, whose 13-under total after two rounds was a tournament record and who had started the day five shots back after a disappointing third-round 74, looked as if she might be ready to fight back when she birdied the first hole .

It never happened, Mexico’s World No 1 followed her birdie with bogeys on three of her next four holes and slowly slid back to a second successive 74.

Kerr, on the other hand, was the ‘steady Eddie’ of a difficult day, picking up just two birdies, but making only one bogey in her unspectacular but effective 70.

Indeed, of the four players who fought it out with for the title on a dramatic final day, she was the only one to finish under par.

“I was surprised,” she said after nailing the winning putt.

“I was even calm at 18. I guess my new mental training is paying off.”

Kerr is the first two-time winner here since the LPGA event began seven years ago. She might also be the last. There was doubt this week that the sponsors are going to renew their contract.

ALL THE FINAL ROUND SCORES
(USA unless stated, par 71):

268 Cristie Kerr 69 63 66 70
270 In Kyung Kim (Kor) 68 64 67 71
271 Lindsey Wright (Aus) 65 69 64 73, Song-Hee Kim (Kor) 69 63 68 71
273 Wendy Ward 72 64 67 70
274 Shiho Oyama (Jpn) 69 66 70 69
275 Natalie Gulbis 70 65 68 72, Angela Stanford 68 68 70 69
276 Ai Miyazato (Jpn) 71 65 72 68
277 Lorena Ochoa (Mex) 64 65 74 74
278 Il Mi Chung (Kor) 69 70 67 72, Teresa Lu (Tai) 69 72 67 70, Juli Inkster 71 67 70 70, Hwa seon Lee (Kor) 67 70 70 71
279 Michelle null Wie 70 67 73 69, Na Yeon Choi (Kor) 67 68 70 74, Hee-Won Han (Kor) 66 69 72 72, Amy Yang 67 74 68 70, Allison Hanna-Williams 71 67 69 72
280 Young Kim (Kor) 70 69 71 70, Ji-Yai Shin (Kor) 70 68 76 66, Ya-Ni Tseng (Kor) 71 64 72 73, Jimin Kang (Kor) 71 70 71 68, Becky Morgan (Wal) 73 69 70 68, Nicole Castrale 71 67 69 73, Kyeong Bae (Kor) 74 66 73 67, Shanshan Feng (Chn) 70 67 69 74
281 Minea Blomqvist (Fin) 66 71 70 74, Meena Lee (Kor) 73 70 70 68, Sarah Lee 66 71 71 73, Kris Tamulis 68 70 70 73, Katherine Hull (Aus) 69 71 74 67
282 Kristy McPherson 70 69 72 71, Hee Young Park (Kor) 71 67 73 71
283 Chella Choi (Kor) 68 73 70 72, Jill McGill 73 69 73 68, Jin Joo Hong (Kor) 71 68 73 71, Reilley Rankin 70 69 71 73
284 Karrie Webb (Aus) 74 68 70 72, Diana D’Alessio 69 72 72 71, Louise Stahle (Swe) 71 72 71 70, Leah Wigger 72 70 69 73, Brittany Lang 69 74 71 70, Carin Koch (Swe) 71 68 72 73, Momoko Ueda (Jpn) 69 71 71 73, Jin young Pak (Kor) 73 70 65 76
285 Giulia Sergas (Ita) 71 68 69 77, Ji-Young Oh (Kor) 71 66 74 74, Irene Cho 69 72 71 73, Beth Bader 68 75 71 71, Sarah Kemp (Aus) 69 68 70 78
286 Hye Jung Choi (Kor) 68 73 69 76
287 Stephanie Louden 71 69 72 75, Brandi Burton 72 71 71 73
288 Vicky Hurst 69 72 73 74, Alena Sharp (Can) 73 69 72 74, Anna Rawson (Aus) 71 69 72 76
289 Mika Miyazato (Jpn) 69 73 72 75, Eun Hee Ji (Kor) 71 72 71 75, Suzann Pettersen (Nor) 68 73 71 77
290 Soo-Yun Kang (Kor) 73 68 74 75, Meaghan Francella 70 71 75 74
291 Wendy Doolan (Aus) 72 70 72 77, Anja Monke (Ger) 72 70 74 75, Sophie Giquel (Fra) 70 72 74 75, Brittany Lincicome 74 69 69 79, Sandra Gal (Ger) 71 71 72 77
292 Allison Fouch 70 73 76 73, Marcy Hart 72 70 76 74
293 Sarah-jane Smith (Aus) 70 72 73 78
294 Eva Dahllof (Swe) 74 68 74 78, Janice Moodie (Sco) 69 74 75 76
295 Lorie Kane (Can) 71 71 78 75, Katie Futcher 70 73 76 76

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