Kerr keeps it together at Kingsmill

Cristie Kerr during the second round of the 2013 Kingsmill Championship.

— Cristie Kerr walked up to the ninth tee, her last hole of the day, tied for the lead at the Kingsmill Championship. She hit her driver into a fairway bunker and thinned a pitching wedge over the green. On her next shot, Kerr took out a 58-degree pitching wedge and fatted it 3 inches.

“I honestly think I fell asleep,” she said.

Kerr hit her next chip shot to 15 feet, and rolled in the putt for bogey. That’s what Kerr does; she makes putts. Through 36 holes at Kingsmill Resort's River Course, Kerr stands tied for fourth at 66-71–137, two shots behind Ariya Jutanugarn.

Last month Kerr put her Odyssey Marxman back in play after her trusty 2-Ball met its maker after the Kraft Nabisco Championship. The story on how Kerr came to dismantle her putter in the parking lot at the Kraft and hand it to the valet goes back to a coloring snafu.

Kerr marks her ball with a red Sharpie. In time, that red coloring got onto the face of Kerr’s 2-Ball. She typically uses a solution to take it off, but earlier this spring the solution leaked and the line “got screwed up.”

“I was like, ‘I can’t look at it anymore,’ ” Kerr said.

She continued to use the putter, but found that it misbehaved badly in its newly smudged state. After making sure that no one was looking after the final round at the Kraft, Kerr took action. Her coach helped break the shaft to avoid injury. Twitter followers were upset she didn’t have a contest to give away the pieces.

“Haha one of my friends said I should break one every week and sign it and give it away,” Kerr later tweeted. “Could be my thing. Like bobby knight. LOL”

Truthfully, it was the first time Kerr had ever broken a putter, and as she said, hopefully the last. She has long been considered one of the best putters in the women’s game.

Kerr then tried three different putters to see which one would make the trip to Hawaii: Old Faithful (2-Ball), Sexy Back (Marxman) and The Contender (Ping Senita). The Marxman, which she used to win the LPGA Championship by 12, got the nod.

So far, it’s still in one piece.

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