Kerr rallies for win at Franklin American

5/7/2006 - Golf

FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- Cristie Kerr overcame a four-stroke
deficit to win her seventh LPGA Tour title, closing with a 5-under
67 for a two-stroke victory over Lorena Ochoa, Pat Hurst and Angela
Stanford in the Franklin American Mortgage Championship.
Kerr had five birdies in her bogey-free round to finish with a
tournament-record 19-under 269 total on the Vanderbilt Legends
Club's Ironhorse Course. Kerr broke the mark of 17 under set by
Annika Sorenstam in 2002, and matched the lowest score on tour this
year, Ochoa's 19 under in the 54-hole Takefuji Classic.
Ochoa, the tour money leader who won here in 2004, had three
straight birdies to pull within two of Kerr. Ochoa tried to eagle
the par-5, 469-yard 18th, but hit a 5-iron from 180 yards into the
water and finished with a 66.
"We're trying to be aggressive," Ochoa said. "We had a good
club in our hand, made a bad swing, wanted to put it close and make
an eagle. We were trying."
Hurst did have a chance at eagle on No. 18, but her putt came up
short and she settled for her fifth straight birdie and a 68.
Stanford, trying to win for the second time in her career and
also attempting to become the third wire-to-wire winner on tour
this year, finished with a 73.
Because of wet conditions from overnight rain, the players were
again allowed to lift, clean and place their balls in the fairways.
Kerr had planned to be aggressive and had all the advantages as
she opened the final round playing in the final group with
With Stanford playing conservatively, Kerr holed a long birdie
putt on No. 1 and pulled into a tie atop the leaderboard with her
third birdie in her first seven holes. Kerr took the lead by
herself after hitting her second shot to a foot from the pin on the
par-4 10th and dropping to 18 under.
Kerr padded her lead to two strokes with a birdie putt on No.
13, and parred out for victory.
Karrie Webb, who had finished first, second and second in
her last three tournaments, shot a 70 to tie for 10th. ... Marisa
Baena matched the course record for women with a 63 and her had
best finish this year, tying for sixth at 15 under. She hadn't
finished higher than a tie for 30th at the Fields Open in Hawaii in
February. Tom Kite, who helped design the course, holds the record
with a 62.