Cristie Kerr Profile
|Born||Oct 12, 1977|
|Birthplace||Miami, Florida, United States|
Cristie Kerr has been a dominant force in the women's game for the past decade, collecting not only multiple Tour victories, but enjoying Major delight as well.
Former world number one Cristie Kerr has been a stalwart on the LPGA Tour since the early 2000s when she earned her breakthrough win.
Kerr turned professional in 1996 but went six seasons without a win on the LPGA Tour before breaking her professional duck at the Longs Drugs Challenge in April 2002.
Between 2004 and 2010, she won 13 LPGA tournaments including two Majors.
Kerr has brought out her own label of wine in partnership with Napa Valley vineyard Pride Mountain and in 2013, she passed the Court of Master Sommeliers Level 1 test.
She created the Birdies for Breast Cancer Foundation in 2003 in honor of her mother, Linda. For her work, the LPGA presented her with the LPGA Komen Award in 2006.
Kerr is actually a natural left-hander but plays golf right-handed.
A year before she turned professional, Kerr won a Futures Tour event, the Ironwood FUTURES Classic, as a teenager.
Kerr is a three-time Solheim Cup team member and has been part of two winning United States teams.
Her steady putting hand on the green has helped Kerr reach number three on the LPGA's career money list.
To date, she has 20 tournament wins to her name but has not been victorious on the LPGA Tour since October 2017.
Her time as a junior and an amateur
Picking up the game as an eight-year-old, Kerr was a competitive junior who won a collection of amateur titles before turning professional shortly after graduating high school.
She was part of the Sunset High School Knights girls' golf team and won regional and club tournaments with some regularity.
Kerr claimed the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship in 1994 before enjoying a stellar 1995 season that included a win in the Women's Western Amateur. She was named 1995 American Junior Golf Association Junior Player of the Year.
While still an amateur, she won the 1995 Ironwood FUTURES Classic. She was 17 years of age, making her the youngest person ever to win on the feeder tour at the time.
The following year she was selected to face Great Britain and Ireland on the United States' Curtis Cup team.
Kerr was the low amateur at the 1996 US Women's Open at Pine Needles Golf Club and, encouraged by her performance, opted to turn professional later that year.
After turning professional halfway through 1996, Kerr joined the Futures Tour and Players West Tour. She went on to earn a place at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in October, finishing sixth and being rewarded with a place on the LPGA Tour.
In the early days of her career, she was a consistent, if unspectacular, earner, slowly accumulating prize money without recording any victories in her first six seasons.
Kerr won $135,000 for her first professional win at the 2002 Longs Drugs Challenge, where she held off Hee-Won Han to open her LPGA wins account.
In 2003, Kerr again went winless, but she put that right in 2004 when she won three tournaments and broke $1million earned in a season for the first time. The 2004 season was the start of a sequence of eight seasons in a row when Kerr would win more than $1million.
By the end of 2006, Kerr had nine LPGA Tour wins to her name, and she ended the year in fourth place on the newly introduced women's rankings.
Coming into the 2007 US Women's Open, Kerr had eight top-10 finishes at Majors, but the closest she had come to victory was a tie for second at both the 2000 Women's US Open and the 2006 Women's British Open.
In the 62nd US Women's Open Kerr played herself into title contention with a third-round 66 that gave her a one-shot lead over a group of three women. Twice during her final round, Kerr dropped into a share of the lead with Lorena Ochoa, but a birdie at the 15th put her in charge and she would par the remaining three holes to claim a two-shot win and her first Major.
In the lead-up to the 2010 LPGA Championship, Kerr won the State Farm Classic at Panther Creek Country Club by one stroke.
Kerr was well and truly in the groove by the time the second Major of the year arrived, and was playing the best golf of her career. She would obliterate the field at Locust Hill Country Club, winning by 12 shots to equal the biggest margin of victory in a Major.
The victory at the 2010 LPGA Championship set Kerr up to become the first American woman to be ranked number one in the world.
It would be more than two years before Kerr claimed another tour victory, ending that wait with a win at the 2012 Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico.
In 2013 she won the Kingsmill Championship for the third time in her career and after a barren 2014 in terms of LPGA Tour wins Kerr secured two titles in 2015, the Kia Classic in March and the CME Group Tour Championship in November.
Kerr again failed to claim a title in 2016 but enjoyed one of her most successful years in 2017 as she won twice on the LPGA Tour (Lotte Championship and Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia) and her maiden Ladies European Tour win at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France.
Kerr's most recent LPGA Tour victory came just over two weeks after her 40th birthday, and she missed the cut in five of the 14 Majors held between 2018 and 2020.
The Solheim Cup
Kerr has been selected for the United States' Solheim Cup team a record-equalling nine times and holds the record for the most points for her team with 21.
She has been involved in six Solheim Cup-winning efforts, winning 18 of her matches, losing 14 and halving six.
Kerr missed out on selection for the 2019 Solheim Cup, ending her streak of appearances at nine.
Cristie Kerr's personal life
Kerr has been open about her struggles with her weight. She has also been candied about the health struggles of her parents and how her own experience with chronic pain inspired her to embark on a wellness journey that saw her lose 50 pounds.
Her parents are both diabetic, and her mother suffered a heart attack while Kerr was in the ninth grade.
Kerr is inspired by her mother Linda and she created the Birdies for Breast Cancer Foundation as a tribute to her.
She married Arizona businessman Erik Stevens in 2006 and on December 8, 2013, they welcomed a son, Mason into their family. Mason was born via a surrogate mother through in vitro fertilization. In August 2018, their second son Griffin was born, also via a surrogate.
Cristie Kerr's net worth
The latest estimates put Kerr's net worth at roughly $7million.
She is the third-highest earner in LPGA history, with over $19million earned since she turned professional.
Portions of the profits from her Curvature Wines brand are donated to breast cancer charities. In 2013, she launched Kerr Cellars in partnership with winemaker Helen Keplinger.
One of her oldest sponsors, Mutual of Omaha, are also on board with the causes Kerr supports, donating money to breast cancer charities every time she places third or better in competition.
Kerr and her husband have a residence in Scottsdale, Arizona.