October 19, 2021

Annika Sorenstam turns back the clock and rises to the major at U.S. Senior Women’s Open

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The past time the planet noticed Annika Sorenstam perform in a main, most had been viewing their box TVs as she capped her Corridor of Fame vocation holing a 199-garden eagle on the 72nd hole of the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open. 

It was 13 several years just before, at the 1995 U.S. Women’s Open up when she notched her initial LPGA title. Now, 13 many years considering that her fairytale ending, the 50-year-old is back again for her initially significant event given that ’08 at Brooklawn State Club in Fairfield, Connecticut, for the U.S. Women’s Senior Open up.

In Sorenstam’s first round she confirmed no signals of rust, signing her scorecard tied for the lead with Dana Ebster immediately after capturing 5-below 67. 

“Yeah, it was quite distinctive,” Sorenstam reported subsequent her initial spherical. “Had a several butterflies, to be anticipated I guess, but it’s good to be back and see some good friends in the crowd. Again, just catching up with all players can make for a good week.” 

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When the Swede stepped up for her very first tee shot, the butterflies were not detected as Sorenstam’s generate landed on the fairway, en route to her initially of six birdies on the day. Her lone bogey came on the 513-garden, par-5 11th, the longest hole on the program. 

She place an exclamation mark on her round with a birdie on the par-4 18th, pumping her 1st when the ball strike the bottom of the cup. 

“You know, I suggest, I have been practising, but it is various to come out listed here and perform, specially all over the greens listed here,” she reported. “These greens I believe are what truly would make the golfing study course. Tremendous joyful with the way hit it. I can be a minor extra aggressive on my putts. It can be a fantastic line there.” 

The 72-time LPGA winner and a few-time U.S. Women’s Open champion retired from golf in 2008, expressing, “I sense I reached so a great deal more than I at any time considered I could.” She looked ahead to starting up a spouse and children and got married to Mike McGee four months immediately after she retired (they have two kids). 

About a decade later, Sorenstam reiterated all those reasons and whilst she’s enjoying in her second qualified occasion considering the fact that February, she won’t be returning to the game comprehensive-time. 

“I stepped away with the intention of not genuinely enjoying mainly because I was really content, I was quite satisfied,” she explained Wednesday just before the tournament. “I had attained all the things I wanted to realize. Mike and I ended up getting married and we wanted to commence a relatives, and we have finished all all those matters, and then this event pops up and then I turned 50 and our son is definitely into golf and COVID strike.” 

The working day ahead of the opposition started, Sorenstam mentioned she would go out there and do her best, adding “I am continue to a fighter, nevertheless a competitor, and we will see what comes about.” Right after turning the clock back again 13 decades on Day 1 and preventing her way to the top of the leaderboard, Sorenstam will adhere to that attitude for the up coming couple times in Connecticut. 

“I’m attempting not to feel,” she stated. “I am just making an attempt to go out there and be more reactive, decide a line and believe in it, and what ever takes place, transpires. That is heading to be my mindset because there is genuinely practically nothing else I can do than just go out there and belief the do the job I set in. We are going to see what occurs.” 

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