/Kirk waits until last minute to reach US Women's Open

Kirk waits until last minute to reach US Women's Open


AP

Published 10:10 p.m. ET July 12, 2017 | Updated 10:10 p.m. ET July 12, 2017

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Katherine Kirk waited until the last minute to get a spot in the U.S. Women’s Open.

Faced with a win-or-else situation last week at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, the 35-year-old Australian won for the first time since 2010 to earn an automatic invitation to the biggest event in women’s golf.

The one-stroke victory only started the fun on Sunday.

Kirk suddenly had to find a way to get her and her caddie from the resort near Green Bay, Wisconsin, to northern New Jersey. She ended up driving to Chicago on Sunday night, catching a flight to New Jersey on Monday and then finding her way to Trump National Golf Club.

Kirk had intended to back home to Wichita, Kansas, for a week off. Her caddie had to cancel a trip to Spain.

“I don’t know if it has totally sunk in yet because I literally had to make that shift into: ‘OK, let’s get into that…

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