By Rob Hodgetts

Appearances can be deceptive. Like how Cristie Kerr has had a gilded life. Or how the American LPGA star is as intense off the golf course as she is on it.

Both are far from the truth.

Yes, Kerr, 38, is now enjoying the rewards of a stellar career. But she has had to scrap all the way. That’s why she looks so single-minded with a club in her hands.

Sure, she was blessed with a talent for the game having taken it up as a nine-year-old in Florida.

But she has had to overcome prejudice on her high school boys’ golf team, nurse her mother through a heart attack and breast cancer, cope with the break-up of her parents’ marriage, deal with ballooning weight, overcome six years of uncertainty on Tour and start a family through a surrogate after being unable to give birth.

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