Former Solheim Cup player who missed her LPGA card by a single stroke now at a crossroads

There was a tweet in the aftermath of LPGA Q-Series that put a spotlight on the razor-thin lines of this beautifully maddening game. The tweet came from 40-year-old Kristy McPherson, who missed out on a full card by one lousy stroke at the 144-hole marathon.

McPherson wrote: “I’m sad. Disappointed. A little mad. Gutted Heartbroken, but not broken. Hopeful. Congratulations to the girls that made it at Q-Series! Praying for the girls below that line beause I know the disappointment and heartbreak they feel. After 8 rounds I hit it 571 times. That was one too many.”

McPherson is as salt-of-the-earth as they come. A popular player among her peers because she’s the kind of person who lifts the mood of a place.

Now, she’s at a crossroads.

“The absolute worst-case scenario is missing by a shot,” she said nearly one month later. “You’d rather miss by 10 or 20 or just never show up.”

McPherson can picture every shot she hit over those eight rounds and said, “there’s a million of them that you want back.” One bounce, one lip-in instead of out, and it’s a completely different conversation.

A little over a decade ago, the fast-talking South Carolina grad was sailing on the LPGA. A member of the victorious 2009 Solheim Cup team and runner-up to good friend Brittany Lincicome at what’s now known as the Chevron Championship, McPherson finished 16th and 27th on the money list in 2009 and 2010.

Angela Stanford, Natalie Gulbis, Morgan Pressel, Beth Daniel, Kristy McPherson and Brittany Lincicome of the U.S. Team wave to the fans during the Opening Ceremonies prior to the start of the 2009 Solheim Cup at Rich Harvest Farms on August 20, 2009 in Sugar Grove, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

As a kid she’d been diagnosed with Still’s Disease, a form of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and spent the better part of the sixth grade in bed. With her beloved team sports out of the equation, McPherson dedicated herself to golf. She won seven times as a Gamecock and twice on the Symetra Tour before graduating to the LPGA in 2007.

McPherson played with pain for most her life. In fact, at 40, she’s feeling a great deal better than she has in a long time after undergoing surgery on her right hip two years ago. The fact that she’s now playing pain-free makes the decision to potentially walk away from playing full time all the more agonizing.

“I’ve had arthritis my whole life,” she said. “There are days that I’ve felt 60. But I feel better now than I did 10 years ago.”

Maybe she should’ve had hip surgery ages ago, she wonders. Then again, she’s not the type to live with regrets.

How tough is McPherson? Consider that at the 2008 Longs Drugs Challenge she had a flare-up that caused her face to swell up so bad her right eye was shut. On

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By: Beth Ann Nichols
Title: Former Solheim Cup player who missed her LPGA card by a single stroke now at a crossroads
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Published Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 12:00:12 +0000

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