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Kerr ends 2-year drought with Kia win

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CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) The birdie putts had not even reached the hole when Cristie Kerr marched right after them because she knew they were going in. Sunday at the Kia Classic had a familiar feeling to Kerr, even though so much in her life has changed.

Four birdies in a five-hole stretch helped Kerr erase a three-shot deficit in the final round at Aviara Golf Club. Four straight birdies on the back nine enabled her to pull away from Mirim Lee and 17-year-old Lydia Ko.

Kerr closed with a 7-under 65 for a two-shot victory, the 17th of her career, this one different from all the others. Before posing with the trophy, Kerr first clutched her 15-month-old son, Mason, to celebrate her first win as a mom.

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Money Leaders: LPGA
Rank Player Earnings
1 L.Ko $600,827
2 A.Yang $452,001
3 S.Lewis $417,281
4 I.Park $388,720
5 H.Kim $324,095
6 S.Kim $323,082
7 M.Lee $297,395
8 N.Choi $295,845
9 C.Kerr $291,914
10 A.Jutanugarn $229,024
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