PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Soaked in champagne and poised to become the first American ranked first in the world, Cristie Kerr was left amazed and near speechless after completing one of the most dominating performances at the LPGA Championship, or at any other major.
"It's a dream performance," Kerr said Sunday after winning her second major title by a whopping 12 strokes at Locust Hill Country Club. "It's like you wake up or you dream — I can't even speak right now. Winning by two or three is great, but winning by 12 shots is ridiculous. It's obscene."
Kerr, the 2007 U.S. Women's Open champion, closed with 6-under 66 for a 19-under 269 total. She led wire-to-wire, opening with rounds of 68, 66 and 69.
She broke the tournament record for victory margin of 11 set by Betsy King in 1992 and matched the second-biggest victory in a major. Louise Suggs set the record of 14 in the 1949 U.S. Women's Open, and Babe Zaharias won the 1954 U.S. Open by 12.
"I didn't limit myself," Kerr said of a tournament in which she carded 23 birdies and four bogeys, none Sunday. "I wanted to see how far I could take it. And I took it pretty far. … I don't think I could've played better."
By winning the $337,500 purse at the $2.25 million tournament, Kerr was projected by the LPGA to overtake Japan's Ai Miyazato when the world rankings are released today. Miyazato needed to finish second to guarantee she would remain at No. 1.
Miyazato opened the day at 1 over. She mounted a big rally with seven birdies before closing with a bogey 5 after hitting her tee shot into the rough. The four-time winner on the LPGA tour this season shot 66 to finish at 5 under in a tie for third with Jiyai Shin (71), the world's No. 2.
Seminole's Brittany Lincicome shot 73 and finished in a tie for 14th at par.
PGA: Bubba Watson rallied from six back and beat Scott Verplank on the second playoff hole with a par putt to earn his first tour victory at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn.
Watson, Verplank and Corey Pavin all finished at 14-under par. Watson dropped a 3-footer for par on the par-3 16th to win it.
Justin Rose had a three-stroke lead going into the final round but was 1 over on the front nine and collapsed on the back, shooting 5-over 75.
CHAMPIONS: Loren Roberts birdied the final hole for a closing 7-under 65 to win the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y., by one stroke over Fred Funk. Roberts earned his 12th tour victory by rallying from five shots behind with eight holes to play. Dan Forsman bogeyed three of the final five holes to lose the lead he held for most of the day.