"You realize it's just stuff you make up in your own head and there's a lot of situations you put yourself in that you put more pressure on yourself when it's really just hitting a golf shot. If you can learn how to just do that, it's limitless."
Parent isn't the only new member of Team Kerr. Caddie John Killeen, a 23-year tour veteran whose past clients include Hall of Famer Patty Sheehan and Meg Mallon, began toting Kerr's bag late last season.
"I don't think Cristie realizes she's a great player," Killeen said. "She knows she's a really good player."
Kerr: "My caddie said that? … I definitely know I'm good. There's no issue with me there."
Good enough to be No. 1?
"I kind of hesitate to say that, but I think I can," she said. "I'm not afraid of it anymore. … There's not a whole lot of self-doubt left in there for me."
There's plenty of doubt about the LPGA's future at Kingsmill. Anheuser-Busch has sponsored the Mich for seven years, but its merger with Belgium-based InBev and the prolonged recession could terminate the event.
Killeen and Kerr recoiled at the thought.
"The LPGA needs to stay in places like this," said Killeen, whose wife, Denise, shared the first-round lead here in 2003.
"This would be a monumental loss for the LPGA," Kerr said.
Not to mention her bank account. She's won $953,610 at Kingsmill.
"I'll see you next year," Kerr told reporters as she exited the interview room. "I'm planning on it. I'll bring a sponsor myself if I have to."
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