Last week at the LPGA Championship, the tour’s second major of the seasson, Cristie Kerr blitzed the field by an astounding 12 strokes in a performance that rivaled Tiger Woods’ in the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach. With the big win, Kerr ousted Ai Miyazato from atop the Rolex Rankings to become the first US-born player to reach the number-one spot.
Now that Kerr, a blonde, blue-eyed American, is the best player in the ever-changing world rankings, does that mean more Americans will start paying attention to the LPGA? And will companies come running to sponsor new tournaments?
Probably not. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fantastic feat and a start in the right direction. But to spike interest from non-LPGA fans and sponsors, it’s going to take more than one mind-blowing showing by an American. And who knows how long Kerr will hold the coveted position — in three weeks, there have been three different number ones. Anyone up for a game of musical chairs?