BEDMINSTER, N.J. — Cristie Kerr has had a lot to cherish throughout her 21-year professional golf career, but her victory at the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open stands alone.
“Very, very emotional day,” Kerr said in 2007, moments after winning the trophy for the first time. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was a little girl practicing 6-foot putts.”
A lot has changed in the 10 years following that win. Players have come and gone; purse sizes have grown, and the LPGA Tour has expanded internationally, but Kerr remains a constant.
And she’s hungry for another major.
“It’s my favorite tournament. It’s our national championship,” Kerr said Wednesday. “This tournament makes you focus on what you need to focus on.”
Kerr was playing the best golf of her career coming into the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open, but still didn’t have a major to show for it. Eight wins in the previous three seasons, plus nine career top-fives in majors, had earned her the…