HELEN ALFREDSSON. NOW THERE’S A BLAST from the LPGA past. Ranked 116th in the world, the 43-year-old Alfredsson is right in the thick of things at the U.S. Women’s Open at Edina, Minnesota. I doubt that she’ll win, but what a story it would be.
If you watched the telecast today, you saw Alfredsson twist and turn and crane her neck after striking the ball. It could be a good shot. It could be a bad shot. You never know with Helen.
This is exactly the way I remember Alfredsson when she came out on tour, a very demonstrative player. Also, she would talk to herself. Loudly. Often Helen berated herself like a football coach giving his team a tongue-lashing at halftime.
Alfredsson holds the single round and 36-hole records for the women’s Open, once carding a sizzling 63 on her way to 132. She then proceeded to fritter away a six or seven shot lead to lose the tournament. That would definitely have you talking to yourself.
Meanwhile, Stacy Lewis is this year's 54-hole leader at nine under. Just one stroke behind, Paula Creamer is poised to win her first major. Annika Sorenstam is too far back at two under. And, well over par, Lorena Ochoa has completely lost her magic.
−The Armchair Golfer