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A Q&A with LPGA Tour star Cristie Kerr

Things Are Looking Up: Cristie Kerr Q&A

Bjorn Iooss

September 2009

Q: After 13 years on tour, you're still near the top of the LPGA money list. How do you keep improving?
A: There used to be a fear factor involved: I was afraid I might be uncomfortable if I got to No. 1. I don't have those issues anymore. There's no reason to be afraid of accomplishing good things. I feel like my career is just starting.

You'll be part of the U.S. team defending the Solheim Cup (Aug. 21-23 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.). What are your expectations?
The home crowd is a huge advantage. We're going to be aggressive. We won't just protect our lead; we'll go out and extend it.

You've been married almost three years. Any plans for a family?
Probably in the next couple of years, but we're not really in a huge rush. I'll go the Juli Inkster route -- have kids and keep playing golf.

You donate $50 per birdie to breast-cancer research; what's your total so far?
Through donations and my annual Birdies for Breast Cancer charity event, over $750,000. This year, the money we raise will help fund a women's health center at Jersey City (N.J.) Medical Center. It'll be the first facility in Hudson County to give uninsured women breast-health screenings.

What do you do on your off weeks?
I love spending time in New York City. It either takes you in or spits you out, and it takes me in.

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