June 25, 2008 |
EDINA, Minn. When Dieter Esch began looking at the players on the LPGA Tour, he quickly figured out that something was missing. He sensed they always appeared out of place . . . swinging nine-irons, hitting out of bunkers, putting cross-handed on the green. So Esch decided it would be a great idea to put the golfers in something different, something the casual public does not see them in, at least up to now. Like bikinis. Like lingerie. Like evening gowns.
June 29, 2006 |
She's the best female golfer since Patty Berg. Maybe the best ever. But Annika Sorenstam hasn't won a U.S. Women's Open in 10 years. "After winning in '96, the first few years after that, I put a lot of pressure on myself," said Sorenstam, who begins play in the Open today at Newport Country Club. "I felt like I came out, won two in a row and thought, 'Wow. I've got this. It's a great championship.' "I came out and expected the same thing, and it never happened. I felt like I beat up on myself.
June 27, 2005 |
Now we know why she's called Birdie. There were 63 players who played the 18th hole Sunday, but there was only one birdie all day and it was made by 23-year-old Birdie Kim, who holed out a 30-yard bunker shot to win the U.S. Women's Open on her first try.
June 26, 2005 |
So exactly when did the U.S. Women's Open turn into Amateur Hour? While Annika Sorenstam spent Saturday preparing her concession speech in her run for her third major title of the year, two teenage amateurs, 15-year-old Michelle Wie and 17-year-old Morgan Pressel, share the lead after three rounds with Karen Stupples. Also in the mix is 18-year-old Paula Creamer, who is one shot behind, which means this group of contenders is so young, maybe they should just settle it with a pillow fight.
June 24, 2005 |
When she looked down the first fairway, Annika Sorenstam was jumpy, but at least it was a familiar feeling, the same nervous flutter she felt two years ago as she stood on the first tee at the PGA Tour's Colonial tournament. There was still one difference. "I could breathe today," she said. Here's another one: Sorenstam hit it down the middle of the fairway on the first hole at Colonial, but Thursday at Cherry Hills Country Club, she drove it into the right rough to start the U.S. Women's Open.
July 6, 2003 |
Annika Sorenstam woke up with a sore throat Saturday morning and figured it was a good sign. "Look out for the sick golfer," she said. "And that's me." Look out, indeed. Sorenstam, the No. 1 women's player in the world, shot four-under-par 67 -- the best round of the third day at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club -- and stormed into contention with one round to play in the U.S. Women's Open. She has a three-day total of two-under 211, three shots behind leader Hilary Lunke and two behind Angela Stanford.