Even as a child, Florida-born Cristie Kerr showed a natural aptitude for golf. She began playing at the age of nine and quickly emerged as one of the best in her age-group. Her mastery and skill earned her a top state-ranking while playing on her school boy’s golf team and progressed to a remarkable amateur career. She hit her first shots on the LPGA circuit as a professional player at the tender age of 18. In 2002 she scored her first triumph, winning the Long Drugs Challenge in California. This led to a string of victories until she walked off with her first major tournament, the US Women’s Open, in 2007, followed by a record victory at the LPGA championship a few years later.
With 16 victories on the LPGA Tour, seven appearances at the Solheim Cup, three victories in the Wendy’s Three Tour Challenge and 140 Top Tens, the golfer has notched an astonishing record which has earned her the plaudits of her peers. 2011 saw her collect two supreme honors, the Muhammad Ali Sports Person of the Year Award and her second ESPY award, crowning her Best Female Golfer of the year.
In ten years, the Foundation’s Celebrity Golf Classic, made up of golf champions and celebrities, has raised over USD 3 million.
Her exemplary golfing journey has also marked the history of the United States – she was the first American woman to top the World Golf Ranking, has never been ranked outside the top thirteen in the World Golf Rankings and has the highest career earnings of any female American Golfer.
Despite being an accomplished sportswoman whose prowess is universally acknowledged, Cristie Kerr never loses sight of her personal commitment to charity through the foundation she created in 2003. The Birdies for Breast Cancer supports women who are fighting against the disease, just like her mother was that very year. In ten years, the Foundation’s Celebrity Golf Classic, made up of golf champions and celebrities, has raised over USD 3 million.
Cristie Kerr’s talent and ability to go beyond expectations mentally and physically, coupled with her great generosity, immediately appealed to Richard Mille. Which is why Cristie will now be seen sporting a RM 007 in titanium on her wrist as she strides across the world’s finest courses, on the LPGA Tour and Lacoste Ladies Open, where Richard Mille is a major partner for the second year running.
Richard Mille is very sensitive to the Charities and Foundations supported through all our partners and will in turn support the Birdies for Breast Cancer Foundation which is so dear to Cristie. We are privileged to live the lives we do and find it only natural to support causes through events and contributions such as YBAfraid Foundation of Yohan Blake, Free The Children with Natalie Portman, Hatachi Kikin tsunami aid in Japan etc.
Cristie is thrilled to join the Richard Mille Team of partners. ‘I am honoured to join an elite stable of Brand Ambassadors for Richard Mille, I look forward to representing the artistry, craftsmanship and excellence that embody the Richard Mille brand.’