As Tiger and Tour head back to the Monterey Peninsula for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the LPGA begins its season Down Under, the Golf Guy is lucky to welcome a special guest to the Grill Room. And as always, rum and Cokes are on the house.
Happy Hour Special Guest – Annika Sorenstam!
Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam was kind enough to pull up a stool at the bar and answer some unimportant questions – which are the kind we here in the Grill Room want answered:
Favorite all-time movie: Gladiator (no real shock there)
Funniest fellow golfer: JoAnne Carner (some love for Big Mama!)
Favorite meal: Pasta bolognese (Golf Guy honestly thinks that means pasta with cut up bits of bologna)
Favorite all-time band: U2 (I wholeheartedly concur)
Favorite thing about golf: The challenge (precisely where Annika and I drift apart)
Grill Room Annika appetizers: 10 major championship victories; 72 career LPGA wins; eight Solheim Cup appearances with an overall record of 22-11-4; eight LPGA Player of the Year awards; crossed over golf and sports boundaries with her appearance at the 2003 Colonial – the first female golfer to play a PGA Tour event since 1945; enjoyed a stretch from 2001-2006 in which she played 24 majors, won eight and had seven other top-5 finishes; and my favorite ... fired a 59 at the Standard Register Ping at Moon Valley CC in Phoenix in 2001. Upon announcing her early retirement in 2008, Annika offered this up about her career, 'To single a few things out: shooting 59; my performance at the Colonial; winning 10 majors.'
In a recent GolfChannel.com poll, we asked, 'Would you rather be a Super Bowl winning QB or a major championship winner?'
The result: Major champion winner hovered around a resounding 80 percent.
Granted, we are a golf website, so result may not have been so surprising. But really? I voted Super Bowl winning QB.
But then I thought, 'What if the question was specific: Would you rather be a Super Bowl winning QB or winner of the Masters?'
That would have altered my answer. Instantly. It would have become a no-brainer. In fact, I would say that it would be my top choice in all of sports – Masters champion. A return trip to Augusta National every year, the green jacket, and, of course ... a seat at the annual Champions Dinner at Augusta National.
Name of the Week
Australian Katelyn Must: As in ... after shooting a 10-over 83 in the opening round of the Women's Australian Open ... Katelyn Must think about spending more time on the driving range.