“F*** Cancer”: Cristie Kerr’s Emotional Victory Inspired by Lost Loved Ones

Prior to the start of last week’s Lacoste Ladies Open de France on the Ladies European Tour, all 78 competitors were asked to donate five euros ($5.87 U.S.) per birdie to ARTIC, a cancer research association near and dear to the heart of former LET player Cassandra Kirkland who died of cancer in April.

Cristie Kerr could not settle for giving that small of an amount. The longtime LPGA standout pledged $5,000 in memory of Kirkland and a close friend of hers who passed earlier in the week.

The two individuals were on Kerr’s mind as she accomplished a wire-to-wire victory at the Golf de Chantaco in Saint-Jean-de-Luz with rounds of 62-64-69-69. Kerr took a nine-stroke lead into Sunday’s final round and finished at 17-under par for her first European Tour win.

The respected American couldn’t help but show her emotions after speaking with reporters following the trophy ceremony.

“I played for cancer and we lost Cassandra (Kirkland) and we lost a good friend of mine back home on Tuesday to cancer,” Kerr said. “I’m sorry, but f*** cancer. I played for them, and I played for myself. I’m so sorry to say the F word, but I’m so sick of people losing people to cancer.”

At the conclusion of the third round, Kerr holed out second shot for eagle on the 18th and nodded to the sky. Then, on Sunday, she clinched the victory and pointed above to acknowledge those lost by the terrible disease.

“I’ve been having an angel on my shoulder all week,” she said. “I was on a mission and I got it done for them,”

Kerr owns 19 wins on the LPGA, but this victory on another tour might be her most satisfying given the emotions attached to it. If you’ve ever needed another reason to cheer for Kerr, here’s another example.

Respect, Cristie. And f*** cancer.