Cristie Kerr did it to Angela Stanford. Again. For the second time in three months, Stanford was dealt a crushing loss thanks to a final-round comeback from Kerr. And this one was twice as bad as the first.
Kerr shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 and overcame an eight-shot deficit Aug. 13 to defeat Stanford by a shot at the CN Canadian Women’s Open when Stanford (74) bogeyed the final two holes. Pat Hurst (68) finished third, another shot back. In May, Kerr shot a final-round 67 to come from four strokes back to beat Stanford at the Franklin American Mortgage Championship.
“Unbelievable,” said Kerr, who finished at 12-under-par 276 at London Hunt and Country Club and earned $255,000 after the largest comeback
on tour this season. “I felt like I played great, but I still can’t believe I won. It was just a magical day. . . . I’m very proud of myself.”
As happy as she was about her eighth career victory, Kerr sympathized with Stanford, 29, who hasn’t won since capturing her first LPGA title at the 2003 ShopRite LPGA Classic.
“I like Angela,” Kerr said. “She’s a great player. . . . I feel for Angela. I’ve been in that position many times and know how it feels.”
Said Stanford: “I’m not sure how I’m going to react to this one. It’s probably a good thing I’m playing next week. It’s probably good to keep going.”
Stanford had seemed in control most of the week after opening with a 8-under 64 that tied the tournament record. She led by three shots after each of the first two rounds and by four over defending champion Meena Lee after 54 holes.
But Kerr vaulted up the leaderboard with six birdies in a nine-hole span Sunday, including four in a row on Nos. 7-10.
She made a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-5 16th to reach 12 under and cut Stanford’s lead to one, but missed a chance to get to 13 under when her 12-foot putt on 18 slid by the right edge.
“I thought I needed to make that to have a chance to get in a playoff,” Kerr said.
Thanks to Stanford’s shaky finish, she didn’t. Stanford bogeyed the par-3 17th, then, needing only a par to force a playoff, she three-putted No. 18 to hand Kerr the victory. Again.
Short shots: Oklahoma State women’s coach Laura Matthews,
who earned a spot in the tournament by winning the 2005 Canadian Women’s Amateur, made the cut on the number at 5 over. She tied for 65th and became just the second amateur to make the cut since 2001. . . . Canadian A.J. Eathorne withdrew after a first-round 84 because of a wrist injury that will sideline her for the rest of the season. . . . Patricia Meunier-Lebouc had a hole-in-one on the 192-yard 17th hole in Round 1, the longest ace of the season on tour. She used a hybrid club.
– Staff and wire reports