Judging from her performance at the Ladies Scottish Open last week, 39-year old Cristie Kerr doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. She played for the win. She was relentless and she was magnificent. And she’ll do the same at Kingsbarns because when Cristie Kerr tees it up she’s always playing for the victory.
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Her energy and her stamina match those of players 15 years her junior and she’s peerless in her shrewd course management skills.
The Ricoh Women’s British Open is a regular stop on Kerr’s playing schedule and with the exception of a withdrawal in 2014 she typically makes the cut although she’s finished up and down the board. That performance inconsistency may be why the oddsmakers aren’t giving her much of a chance at Kingsbarns but looking at the way she navigated Dundonald Links tells me she’s primed for battle.
Kerr is most competitive on approach and on the putting surface and that’s where we’ll see her establish the advantage. She ranks 4th on the Tour in putts per GIR and 5th in overall putting average. I’m looking for her to grab the lead and hold on to it.