There are no limits for Cristie Kerr. That’s the mindset the veteran is playing with in her 22nd season on the LPGA Tour. And this week, there appears to be no stopping her.
Kerr fired bogey-free rounds of 67-64 to take a five-stroke lead into the weekend at the Kia Classic. Her second round, 64 was one stroke shy of matching the Tournament course record at Aviara Golf Club. She sits at 13-under par through 36-holes, with In-Kyung Kim, Lizette Salas, Hee Young Park and Caroline Hedwall her closest competitors at 8-under par.
“I'm trying not to put limits on myself right now,” Kerr said after Friday’s round. “I've got some good things going on with my swing. I had a great round.”
Kerr has found a lot of good things with her game in Carlsbad. In 2015, Kerr won the Kia Classic with a final round, 65 and set a new 72-hole tournament scoring record at 20-under par.
The larger than average greens at Aviara Golf Club make Kerr play hyper-focused, which enabled her to bounce back from 31 putts on Thursday with just 26 on Friday.
“I can see the subtleties that a lot of people can't. It's a gift from God being able to do that. I've always had that so, I'm lucky.”
Kerr picked up her 20th career victory on the LPGA Tour in October 2017, which also made for her third worldwide win of the season. A win on Sunday would move Kerr to 25th in career wins on the LPGA Tour, alongside Marilynn Smith with 21 victories.
“The golf ball doesn't know an age. I've always said that. As long as I stay hungry, [I’m] going to just keep playing.”
The cut line fell at Even par, sending home notables Paula Creamer (+2), Sung Hyun Park (+2) and Juli Inkster (+3).