BY: Mark Hayes

Thirty LPGA Tour titles, three major championships – and one burning desire to pocket the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open crown.

Two of the LPGA Tour’s greats, Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer, will spearhead the American invasion at Kooyonga Golf Club from February 15-18.

Tournament director Trevor Herden said both were excited to visit South Australia.

The evergreen Kerr will play in Adelaide for the first time, attempting to add to her stunning record of 20 LPGA Tour victories, including two majors.

Kerr, 40, has maintained her passion for the game throughout a couple of generations of challengers and remains ninth in the world rankings after two wins in 2017, including one of the biggest and most recent, the Sime Darby event in Malaysia in October.

“Cristie hasn’t played here since 2012,” Herden said of Kerr, an avid wine enthusiast who has her own label for sale.

“She’s apparently very keen on coming to Adelaide and hopes to get to those magnificent wine regions she’s heard about.”


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