Cristie Kerr wins the Kia Classic at Aviara Golf Club in California, becoming the first American to win this event in it’s six year history, and also the first American winner on the LPGA Tour in 2015.
Cristie had a magnificent final round -7 under par 65 to win the Kia Classic with a -20 under par total, a new tournament record, and a two shot victory;
“I love to win.”
“Golf has always been great to me, always given me special moments like this.”
“I’ve been working with a new coach, and I definitely found something this week.”
“He said I was going to have a hot round, and he was right. I just found something. I’m just real happy right now.”
“I feel obviously very confident. I am so happy that my caddie and I got a win early on the board together.”
“Just felt like it was meant to be, our first win together, even our first Top 10 together really.”
“I mean we just fell in stride and the team that we are is pretty amazing in such a short period of time.”
In second place came Mirim Lee, her last round -2 under par 70, for -18 under par total not enough to deny Cristie the win
World number one Lydia Ko was third, at -17 under par, and kept her consecutive under par rounds total going. It now stands at 28, just one short of equaling the record of 29 set by Annika Sorenstam.
Lydia said her ball striking was not so good;
“Today, I just said, like even at the Coates, I wasn’t hitting the ball very well.”
“I was just holing a lot of good putts, and that was kind of what was going on today. Obviously I stuck a couple close, and that was good.”
“I think some parts of I just gotta be confident in my game still because I know that I’m playing good enough, that I can trust my putter even though my ball striking is a little off or vice versa.”