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Cristie Kerr snatches title with closing 65

Cristie Kerr has nothing against Angela Stanford.

It's certainly hard to tell, though, the way Kerr is running up her LPGA Tour victory total at Stanford's expense.

"I like Angela," Kerr said Sunday at the Canadian Women's Open after rallying to beat Stanford for the second time in three months. "She's a fellow Solheim Cup team member of mine and I have great respect for her. I think she's a great player."

Kerr overcome an eight-stroke deficit, closing with a bogey-free, 7-under 65 for a one-stroke victory over Stanford.

"Unbelievable! I felt like I played great, but I still can't believe I won," Kerr said. "It was just a magical day. ... I'm very proud of myself."

Kerr, who came from four strokes back to beat Stanford in May in the Franklin American Mortgage Championship in Tennessee, finished with a 12-under 276 total on the London Hunt and Country Club course.

"I feel for Angela," said Kerr, who earned $255,000 for her eighth career win. "I've been in that position many times, and it's a hard place to be, but I also think she's incredibly talented and she's going to win a lot of tournaments."

Stanford, four strokes ahead of Meena Lee after the third round, bogeyed the final two holes for a 74 -- 10 strokes higher than her tournament-record tying opening round.

"I'm not sure how I'm going to react to this one," Stanford said. "It's probably a good thing that I'm playing next week. It's probably good to keep going."

She missed a 7-foot putt on the par-3 17th after hitting into a greenside bunker and three-putted the par-4 18th, leaving her long first putt 8 feet short.

"I just really thought that that green was going to be faster," she said. "The last thing you want to do is hit that putt too far and blow it past the hole. I really thought it was going to pick up more speed and it didn't."

Pat Hurst shot a 68 to finish third at 10 under. Lee (74) followed at 7 under and Jee Young Lee (74) was another stroke back.

Kerr, coming off a second-place tie last week in the Women's British Open, opened with rounds of 67, 70 and 74 to begin the day at 5 under. She flew up the leaderboard with six birdies in a nine-hole span, including four in a row on Nos. 7-10, en route to the biggest final-round comeback of the year.

"Miraculously, more putts didn't go in, because there were a lot that were close to going in," Kerr said. "It clearly was my day."

She made a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-5 16th -- with the ball spinning around twice before dropping in -- to reach 12 under and cut Stanford's lead to one, but missed a chance to reach 13 under when her 12-footer on 18 slid by the right edge.

"I thought I needed to make that to have a chance to get in a playoff," Kerr said.

The 28-year-old star rebounded from a disappointing finish in the Women's British Open. At Royal Lytham, Kerr was a stroke back with three holes to play, but bogeyed 16 and finished with a double bogey to end up three strokes behind Sherri Steinhauer.

"I just felt it was time for me to win again," said Kerr, who also closed with a 65 two weeks ago in France to finish 10th in the Evian Masters. "In my heart, I felt I was playing well enough to win. ... I've just played better and better every week."

Stanford missed another great chance for her second LPGA Tour victory. The 28-year-old Texan won the 2003 Shoprite Classic and nearly followed it with a major victory, losing a playoff to Hilary Lunke the next week in the U.S. Women's Open.

She also had a strong finish in Canada last year, tying for third at Glen Arbour in Halifax, Nova Scotia, two strokes behind Meena Lee. In May outside Nashville, she closed with a 73 to tie for second, two strokes behind Kerr.

"I felt like I did better today than I did with the lead in Nashville," Stanford said. "I feel I handled things much better."

Stanford's lead dropped to two with a two-stroke swing on the opening hole. After her approach shot plugged in the face of a greenside bunker, she blasted out to 15 feet and watched in disbelief as her par putt lipped out. Meena Lee made a 12-footer for birdie to reach 10 under after Stanford's miss.

"I really feel like I got over that pretty quickly," said Stanford, who flipped her putter at her bag in disgust as she walked off the green. "Really all day long I felt I had control. I felt like I was in a good spot."

Stanford made a 12-foot birdie putt from the front edge on the par-4 ninth to back the turn at 13 under, but missed a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-5 10th. She also missed a costly 6-foot birdie putt on No. 3.



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