American Cristie Kerr birdied the final hole to claim the 2017 Malaysian Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) in a nail-biting final round held at the TPC Kuala Lumpur in Bukit Kiara yesterday.
“I’m speechless. That’s probably the longest putt I’ve ever made to win a golf tournament. I was so determined all day. Things were just not going my way.
“When I hit good shots, I’d get in some bad spots. You know, that’s just the way it goes sometimes in golf, but I stuck it out,” said a delighted Kerr after the game.
The 40-year-old escaped a play-off round after accumulating 15-under-par 269 to take a slim one shot win over three other golfers — defending champion Feng Shanshan of China, her compatriot Danielle Kang and Jacqui Concolino.
“I just hit a good putt to the hole. I could just tell it was going in. It was the most amazing thing. Like it was perfect speed; if it missed, it was going to be by 2ft.
“It was right in the centre, never even thought about missing,” said Kerr who man- aged to have birdie from a 36ft putt on the 18th hole.
For her feat, Kerr pocketed US$270,000 (about RM 1.15 million) and received the championship trophy from Sime Darby Foundation chairman Tun Musa Hitam.
Kerr, who runs the Birdies for Breast Cancer organisation back in the US, applauded the “Pink Saturday” initiative taken by tournament organiser Sime Darby Foundation in their continuous support through their official charitable partner, Cancer Research Malaysia.
“I love the work that they do and I’ve supported the charity forever. I haven’t been here in a few years due to scheduling. But you know, going to see the hospital centre and what they do and how much money they spend on women and families getting more awareness to this disease is pretty unbelievable.
“I’m going to be making a donation. I haven’t wrapped my head around how much yet because this has been so crazy since the last putt, but we’ll be making a donation to the charity,” said Kerr during the press conference.
As for China’s Feng, despite starting her game a bit roughly yesterday, she was satisfied with the end results.
Meanwhile, Americans Nelly Korda and Stacy Lewis, South Korean Park Sung-hyun and Canadian Brooke M Henderson shared fifth placing with identical scores of 13-under-par 271.