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PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Every day here at the LPGA Championship, the moderator in the media room starts off each interview by asking players to “take us through your round” (i.e. birdies and bogeys).
Here’s how Cristie Kerr has responded each day:
Thursday: I started on the back and just hit a perfect tee shot, perfect pitching wedge to about 7 feet behind the hole and made that.
Friday: I played awesome today.
Saturday: I played great again today.
When Kerr starts talking like that, look out. The confidence overfloweth.
Kerr holds an eight-shot lead heading into the final round, and she fully intends to drive her opponents into the ground. The only player in the field to even come close to posting three rounds in the 60s (68-66-69), Kerr is one round away from becoming the first American World No. 1. That, she says, is only Step 1.
“You don’t want to be No. 1 for one week – ‘Oh my God, I got there and now I’m No. 1,’ ” she said. “It doesn’t work that way.”
Understandably, Kerr wants to follow in the rather large footsteps of Annika and Lorena. Get there and stay there.
Like it or not, the words “role model” are attached to the best athletes of every sport. Kerr says she’s ready for the expectations that come along with the glory. In her mind, being that role model consists of the following:
1.) Being very intense, competitively
2.) Being great with fans
3.) Being appreciative of the position you’re in
4.) Giving back
5.) Trying to do the right things
“I’m not perfect by any stretch of the imagination,” she said, “but I think that a role model means you’re always trying to make yourself better … so that other people can make themselves better.”