Kerr's title defence putters to an end

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

Cristie Kerr wanted to put up a good defence of her Canadian title.

However she was never really a factor at the CN Canadian Women's Open.

Kerr finished the tournament well out of contention in a tie for 50th after shooting a four-over 75 yesterday at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club.

"I didn't hit the ball well today and my putting continued to be poor," Kerr said. "It's funny because I hit a lot of good putts that didn't go in or lipped out or something.

"It would have been funny if I just chucked my putter into the lake after the end of the round because I'm not using it again."

Kerr went into the final round at three-under, 11 shots back of leader and eventual winner, Lorena Ochoa.

It was unlikely Kerr would have been able to catch the top-ranked player in the world, but she did want to finish strong and post up a low score.

However, Kerr could not pick up any birdies through the first seven holes of the final round then fell even further behind with a bogey on the 178-yard, par 3 No. 8 hole.

She then picked up another bogey on 11 and double-bogied 17 to finish one-over for the tournament.

"I haven't been putting well in the last month, since the U.S. Open," Kerr said.

"There I putted great - I was reading the greens well and the speed was there.

"I had made a lot of long putts there. But since then, I just haven't been putting well."

Kerr came into the Canadian Open having won the U.S. Open in Southern Pines, North Carolina in July.

Leading up to the U.S. Open, the Miami, Florida native had two top four finishes in her previous three tournaments.

Heading into the Canadian Open, she had failed to crack the top 30 in four previous events.

"Playing like this, yeah, it's tough to defend," Kerr said. "You're not going to defend any golf tournament playing the way I did."

Kerr had won the Canadian Open last year in London, Ont., edging out Angela Stanford by a stroke.

At the time it was her eighth career victory on the tour. Kerr has since gone on to win two more tournaments and came into the event third on the season money list with $993,883 in earnings.

At the Royal Mayfair, Kerr started well, shooting a two-under 69 in the first round, but things got progressively worse as the event went on with rounds of 70-71 and yesterday's 75.

"I think the golf course set up very fair, not overly tough but not easy," Kerr said.

"The rain (Saturday) made the course play a little bit longer today, so the scores weren't quite as low."


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