Kerr won the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship, taking command with a 12-foot eagle putt on the par-5 17th and finishing off her 18th career victory. Her $500,000 first prize seemed almost ancillary, given the stakes that Ko and Park were playing for this week.

“Good golf is just good golf,” Kerr said. “It doesn’t really matter what age it is. I think I proved that.”

Kerr is 38, and she says she doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. Ko is still just 18, and she became the fourth player to go from rookie of the year one year to player of the year the next. The others on that list: Nancy Lopez, Beth Daniel and Annika Sorenstam.

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