American saves the best until last to claim 20th tour win at Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
Tun Musa Hitam hand over the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia trophy to Cristie Kerr
KUALA LUMPUR, 29 OCTOBER 2017 – American Cristie Kerr holed a 36-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to close out a thrilling final round and win the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia by one shot.
After a dropped shot by Kerr on the 17th, it looked as though the tournament was heading for a four-way play-off together with Danielle Kang, Jacqui Concolino and Shanshan Feng, but the seasoned pro showed her class to make the putt and claim the winner’s cheque of US$ 270,000.
Kerr carded an even-par 71 for the round which included four birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey on the par-3 seventh.
Fan favourite Feng was also unable to break par on a course that she has so dominated over the years. One shot behind Feng at the start of play, the popular Chinese looked like she was out of the running with dropped shots on the 9th and 13th holes. But she fought her way back and had the opportunity to force a play-off with her final putt, but it was to be Kerr’s year.
Speaking after her victory, Kerr said: “With a little more adrenaline today, it was a little more difficult to execute the way I wanted to. Being in the final group on Sunday, you know, coming down to the wire, that’s what you feel. I’ve been there enough to know that you just take deep breaths and you do the best you could.”
Cristie Kerr of the USA celebrates her birdie putt to win the Sime Darby LPGA during day four of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at TPC Kuala Lumpur East Course on October 29, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Pic By Khalid Redza/IMG
Cristie Kerr and Winnie Ng