HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – She’s 44, had both hips replaced within the last two years and hasn’t won a tournament since 1992.
So, why in the world is Kris Tschetter still playing on the LPGA Tour?
“I just love it, I really do,” Tschetter said Friday. “Being injured makes you appreciate it more and want it more. I don’t think I’ve ever really felt burned out on golf. I’ve always wanted more, and I just feel like I have some good golf in me.”
Tschetter has proven that this week. After opening with a 70 on Thursday, she was 5 under for the tournament Friday before closing with a bogey and double bogey for a 72 and 142 total, six strokes behind leader Anna Nordqvist.
“That was painful,” Tschetter said of her finish. “But it’s good to be back playing, making some putts.”
Despite the tough finish, Tschetter was still smiling after signing the scorecard with her 6-year-old daughter, Lainey, in her lap. Compared to her previous performances this year – three missed cuts, 47th, 62nd and 65th – Tschetter was playing marvelously.
“The latest comeback has taken me longer to get my distance back, my speed back,” she said.
Tschetter had her left hip replaced in the summer of 2007 and had her right hip replaced last November. That evidently won’t be enough to convince her to make a career change.
“I’m starting to feel better and I really feel like I have some good golf left in me,” she said. “I’ve got lofty goals. I want to play well, compete, and get myself in the game against these young kids born in the 90s!”