May 24, 2001 |
The top five choices to win next week's U.S. Women's Open: 1. Annika Sorenstam (Why not? She's winning everything else.) 2. Se Ri Pak (Ranks in top five in greens in regulation and scoring average.) 3. Grace Park (Tied for eighth and tied for sixth in last two Opens.) 4. Dottie Pepper (Ranks second in putting stats.) 5. Karrie Webb (You have to like anyone who thought "Survivor" was phony.)
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.
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 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.
July 8, 2002 |
Juli Inkster whipped the Kansas crowd into a frenzy at every turn Sunday in the U.S. Women's Open, the cheers becoming more deafening with every crucial putt she made. When the greatest round in her Hall of Fame career was over and her second Open title was all but assured, she jogged up the hill next to the 18th green, slapping hands with a gallery that was crowding around her.
July 6, 2002 |
After a tearful farewell from Nancy Lopez and a shocking departure by Karrie Webb, the U.S. Women's Open shifted into survival mode Friday. To no one's surprise, Annika Sorenstam handled it better than anyone. Sorenstam was the only player to break par on a hot, blustery afternoon at Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson, Kan., shooting a one-under 69 that gave her a share of the lead with Juli Inkster and Laura Diaz. Sorenstam surged to the top with three birdies on her final six holes.