Kerr aiming to defend Kia Classic title

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Cristie Kerr is hoping to accomplish something she has never done before in her career at the Kia Classic this week – defend an LPGA Tour title. 

Kerr won last year's Kia Classic by two strokes following a consistent performance across all four rounds, and is once again one of the solid betting favourites this week. 

However, the 38-year-old knows that retaining her title will be no easy feat. This week's field in Carlsbad, California is packed to the brim with talent, with world number one Lydia Ko, Inbee Park and Ha Na Jang, who has already won two tournaments this year – the Coates Golf Championship and HSBC Women’s Champions – just three of a host of players in with a shot at the title.

Despite the competition that awaits her, Kerr is ready to begin the defence of her Kia Classic crown. 

“It feels amazing [to be back],” Kerr told the official LPGA website. “I really enjoy playing this golf course and it’s a great test.

“You have to have an entire game here. You need to drive it straight, you need to be accurate with your irons and you need to have great speed and green-reading ability on these greens. The greens are severe and very quick so you have to have a total game here.”

Kerr will head into the tournament in a confident mood as she finished in a tie for 13th at the JTBC Founders Cup in Phoenix last week. You can back the American – or any of your other favourites – with Paddy Power.