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