Never wise to count out Cristie Kerr

Cristie Kerr tees off on the 18th hole of the London Hunt Golf and Country Club during a practice...

Cristie Kerr tees off on the 18th hole of the London Hunt Golf and Country Club during a practice session on August 19, 2014 for the CP Canadian Women's Open. (Mike Hensen/The London Free Press/QMI Agency)

RYAN PYETTE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:57 PM ET

Cristie Kerr and Angela Stanford stood side-by-side for a few minutes on the London Hunt and Country Club driving range Wednesday, squeezed in among the teenaged phenoms and the thriving United Nations of women's golf.

It felt like 2006 all over again.

Lydia Ko may be the two-time defending Canadian Women's Open champion, but those victories were in Edmonton and Vancouver.

She hasn't won at this course yet, but Kerr did eight years ago by erasing an eight-stroke deficit held by Stanford in a showdown that will forever link the pair in this country's links history.

Kerr, one of the LPGA's most successful players, is a contender again. It's never a wise idea to count her out, even if she falls behind early this week.

“Obviously, history helps and this course is just solid,” the 35-year-old said. “The greens are very good and I love to putt so it's a good combo for me.

“I love this course and hopefully, the storms stay away.”


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