Kerr shoots 73 to take Ladies Scot­tish Open lead

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Cristie Kerr birdied three of the last six holes in strong wind Fri­day at Dun­don­ald Links for a 1-over 73 and a one-stroke lead over Hall of Famer Karrie Webb in the Ladies Scot­tish Open. Kerr played the first 11 holes in 4 over, with a dou­ble bo­gey on the par-5 third and bo­geys on Nos. 6 and 11. The 39-year-old Amer­i­can had a 5-un­der 139 to­tal.

“It was tough,” Kerr said. “I didn’t hit it that great to­day, but I still man­aged. My cad­die and I man­aged the golf course well, and we made the re­cov­ery shots when we needed to. I’m just go­ing to go hit a few balls and try to find the feel. It’s hard when you play back-to-back in heavy wind with the swing, but we’ll work on it.”

She won the LOTTE Cham­pi­onship in April in Hawaii for her 19th LPGA Tour ti­tle. “You never know with the weather. I’m try­ing not to get ahead of my­self in this weather,” Kerr said. “Just try to hit it pretty well and make some putts and get up-and-down some­times, and we’ll see what hap­pens.” Webb, a stroke ahead of Kerr af­ter a first-round 65, shot a 75 to drop be­hind. The 42-year-old Aus­tralian star had a dou­ble bo­gey, four bo­geys and three pars.

“Well, dis­ap­point­ing, be­cause I bo­geyed the last two,” Webb said. “I fought re­ally hard to be 1 over with two to go. Just a cou­ple of bad swings and a cou­ple of bad tee shots, re­ally, that made it dif­fi­cult to hit the greens. Dis­ap­pointed with that but, ob­vi­ously, if you’d have told me be­fore I teed off yes­ter­day, that I would be 4 un­der, prob­a­bly would have taken it.”

South Kore­ans Sun Young Yoo (69) and Sei Young Kim (72) were tied for third at 3 un­der. “I’m very pleased.” Yoo said. “It wasn’t easy out there. It was windy. Tried to make par ev­ery hole. Didn’t try too hard. I think that worked re­ally good.”

Michelle Wie was tied for 11th at 1 over af­ter a 73. Ly­dia Ko missed the cut with rounds of 74 and 79. She has gone a full year with­out win­ning on the LPGA Tour. “I missed like three 1-yard putts in a row,” Ko said. “I just couldn’t stroke the putt.”

She played her first 11 holes in 8 over. Start­ing play on No. 10, Ko bo­geyed five of the first seven and made a dou­ble bo­gey on No. 1 and a bo­gey on No. 2. Her lone birdie came on No. 8. “I think this is one of the windi­est con­di­tions I’ve played in,” Ko said. “Es­pe­cially be­cause it is so wide open from like 10 to 13, there’s no trees cov­er­ing it, and nor­mally when I played the Bri­tish Opens, or even here a cou­ple years ago, there was rain and that kind of soft­ens up every­thing. It just makes it a touch eas­ier than what it could be play­ing. But I think to­day was prob­a­bly one of the most dif­fi­cult rounds I’ve played in my ca­reer, and I think just phys­i­cally, men­tally.” The Ri­coh Women’s Bri­tish Open is next week at Kings­barns. — AP

AYR­SHIRE: USA’s Cristie Kerr plays her ap­proach to the par 4, 1st hole dur­ing day three of the Ladies Scot­tish Open at Dun­don­ald Links, North Ayr­shire. Scot­land, yes­ter­day. — AP

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