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Topic - Cristie Kerr
Phil Mickelson keeps saying how much he loves playing with Tiger Woods. He shot an 8-under 63 at the Deutsche Bank Championship to prove it.
Matt Kuchar made the most of his short day at The Barclays.
Jordan Spieth used words like "incredible" and "amazing" to describe Liberty National Golf Club.
The Europeans wanted to make history by winning the Solheim Cup on American soil for the first time.
One day later, one hole further down the golf course, Solheim Cup rules officials found themselves in another drawn-out dispute over where to drop balls that flew into a hazard.
A capsule look at the American players in the Solheim Cup, which starts Friday at Colorado Golf Club:
The Solheim Cup has a new look this year.
One minute, Meg Mallon was running down the fairway, celebrating one of the biggest victories of her career. The next, she was being loaded into an ambulance and rushed to the hospital.
It's a quick ride down the highway from this week's Solheim Cup to where Morgan Pressel introduced herself to America.
Inbee Park isn't the only player in need of a big week at St. Andrews.
A week like no other at Quail Hollow held one final surprise Sunday when 22-year-old rookie Derek Ernst birdied the 18th hole to force a playoff, and then won the Wells Fargo Championship on the first extra hole against David Lynn of England.
Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney wound up tied for the lead Saturday in the Wells Fargo Championship, minus the separation from the rest of the field.
Inbee Park took over the top spot in the women's golf ranking Monday, ending Stacy Lewis' four-week run at No. 1.
Alarm bells went off when the best golfers no longer were Americans, whether the measure was a ranking or simply who kept winning the majors.
If not for Paul Azinger picking up a long putter that belonged to a short man, there might not be such a fuss over belly putters.
"I talked to a couple of guys about how lucky they are to play on this stage, and to have a guy like Paul Fireman who will spend any amount of money to build the best course he can," Kerr said Sunday evening in Colorado. "It didn't deserve to be beat up like that. They should be grateful to be there. For us women, we struggle to get sponsors. So it's tough to hear. I think they respect me and respect what I was saying. And I know a couple of guys apologized to the Firemans."
"Sometimes," Kerr said, "you can get a little big for your britches.