Sorenstam Hungry for Another Win
The course features large greens - misleadingly easy targets until you factor in the extreme speed making it all too easy to three-putt.
Hole No. 8, the 495-yard, par 5, is rated the most difficult hole on this course. The fairway is flanked by water to the right with bunkers to the left of the landing area. Competitors will have to navigate their second shots around a windy stream that makes its way through the fairway twice. Finally, the green is guarded on the right by a large bunker. Errant shots are definitely not prescribed on this hole.
Defending Champion Annika Sorenstam, on a quest to win her sixth event in nine starts, will be fending off fellow Tour players Karrie Webb, Dottie Pepper, Meg Mallon, Grace Park, and Mi Hyun Kim. Her journey this week will be made easier by the fact that of the top ten players on the money list, only four ' including herself ' will be competing.
Sorenstam finished in third place last week, trailing Juli Inkster by two strokes and runner-up Catroina Matthew by one. Neither Inkster, fresh off last weeks win, nor Matthew are in the field this week.
Lorie Kane, Sophie Gustafson and Pat Hurst are also absent from this weeks field.
Sorenstam recorded a winning score of 19-under-par, tying Pat Bradleys record which she set at the 1991 State Farm Rail Classic. Just as significant is Mallons record for consecutive non-bogies at this event. The winner of the 2000 du Maurier Classic managed to remain bogie free from round 1, hole 1 through round 3, hole 18.
This three-day event gets underway on Friday and Annika - winner of the 2000 Firstar as well as the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic - will be looking to repeat the success she experienced last year in Ohio.
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Armchair referees around the world were given their pink slips.
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Goodbye and good riddance.
But at what cost?
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This is good governance.
And compared to the glacial pace of major rules change of the past, this is swift.
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