Thursday, June 28

U.S. Women's Open: Is Annika Sorenstam a Factor?

Coming back from a serious injury with only two tournaments under her belt, Annika Sorenstam would appear to be a part of the supporting cast at this week's U.S. Women's Open as emerging LPGA stars such as Lorena Ochoa, Suzann Pettersen and Morgan Pressel attract increasing interest.

But a Reuters article stated, “Sorenstam cannot be overlooked. She is the defending champion and if she can capture the coveted trophy, she will join Mickey Wright and Betsy Rawls as four-time winners.”

I tend to agree. Experience is a huge factor in majors, especially in the Open. It would be unwise to dismiss Sorenstam. After all, she owns three U.S. Women's Open titles and has won a total of 10 majors. In fact, just a year ago people were questioning Annika's abilities when she snatched the Open trophy from Pat Hurst, Michelle Wie and others.

(Of course, she wasn't returning from an injury at the time.)

Currently there is a weather delay, but Sorenstam is off to a good start: 1 under after five holes. Veterans Juli Inkster and Laura Davies are also at 1 under and still out on the course.

Angela Park is the clubhouse leader with a 68. Lorena Ochoa, Cristie Kerr, Morgan Pressel and Brittany Lincicome have all completed their first round at even-par 71.

The Armchair Golfer


Double Eagle said...

It's hard to count out a player of that caliber any time, even coming off an injury. She finished T15 in her last start, not dominant, but a solid second post-injury start. There is certainly a rust factor, but that will probably be more apparent tomorrow.

lancer said...

Like Tiger, Annika will be a factor anytime she tees it up. She may not win, but the others will be looking over their shoulders at her. In short, they will always know that she is there.

Ladies Golf Shoes said...

I'm interested in what type of ladies golf shoes she'll be wearing--she's always in style!