GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Cristie Kerr had spent the first two days and the opening six holes of Sunday's round at the ShopRite LPGA Classic in control of her game before the unfortunate results of a couple of shots seemed to slow her momentum.
Kerr, who held a 2-stroke lead early in the round, carded back-to-back bogeys at the seventh and eighth holes at Seaview's Bay Course to fall back. She couldn't quite grab a share of the lead after that, finishing in a tie for second behind the champion, Brittany Lincicome.
"Nothing went my way today," said Kerr, the top-ranked American in the world rankings. "I have nothing to hang my head about. You can always say, 'What if?' But I'm looking forward to next week."
Kerr, 33, birdied three of the first six holes to get to 11 under, 2 clear of Lincicome and Jiyai Shin. But her tee shot at the par-3 seventh, though it was going right at the pin, rolled over the green and she missed a four-foot par putt.
Then, at the short par-4 eighth, she pulled her tee shot into tall fescue, took an unplayable lie, dropped into deep grass, and did well to make a bogey.
Late to the tee
The final pairing Sunday was scheduled to tee off at 3 p.m. to get a 7 p.m. finish on the Golf Channel, but the start was delayed for close to 10 minutes while groups in front waited to hit. As it turned out, the last pair of Kerr and Catriona Matthew finished in just under 4½ hours.
Plenty of chances
Shin, the world's third-ranked player, missed birdie putts of less than 10 feet on the seventh and ninth holes and failed to convert a three-footer for par on No. 15.
"I had a chance but I felt a little bit of pressure on the course," said Shin, who missed this tournament last year while recovering from an appendectomy. "I played very well. I just missed a couple of short putts. But I made a lot of birdies today."