Kerr Captures US Open
29-year-old American wins first major title in 42 chances
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Jul 1, 2007 8:30 PM CDT
Cristie Kerr holds up her trophy after winning the 2007 Women's U.S. Open golf championship in Southern Pines, N.C., Sunday, July 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Cristie Kerr, who helped pioneer the trend of women golfers turning pro right out of high school, won her first major title at the U.S. Open. Kerr edged frontrunner Lorena Ochoa by making par as the 25-year-old Mexican self-destructed, missing left on critical shots.

Kerr cinched her victory on the 17th hole, when Ochoa missed a putt from 20 feet. Kerr ended up at a five-under 279 and improved to 1-for-42 in the majors, a victory she said she had foreseen: "I saw it all week, the same scene. And it happened."