Annika Sorenstam - July 5, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJuly 5, 2012, 12:16 pm

3-time U.S. Women’s Open Champion and World Golf Hall of Fame Member Annika Sorenstam is in Kohler, Wisconsin this week for the 67th U.S. Women’s Open. Annika, who is a regular Morning Drive contributor, is also working as a commentator for NBC’s coverage.

When asked about the announcement that Dottie Pepper will be an U.S. Assistant Captain in the 2013 Solheim Cup, Annika said that she was delighted to hear the news. Annika knows how much Dottie loves the Solheim Cup and how much she has wanted to be a part of the U.S. team again. She was able to talk to Dottie on Wednesday and it is wonderful to see how happy she is with this news.

Blackwolf Run is a great course that looks very tough. She remembers a few of the tough holes from when she played in the 1998 U.S. Women’s Open there. The course has been lengthened by 500 yards since 1998 and the course is set up to favor distance over accuracy this week. Kohler is also one of the most beautiful places that she has seen in the United States and if the weather behaves, this should be a great week in a great place.

Yani Tseng can complete the Career Grand Slam with a win this week and despite her recent struggles on the LPGA Tour, Annika feels that this could be a very good week for her in part because this course seems to reward distance over accuracy and Yani is one of the longest hitters on the LPGA Tour. She has spoken to Yani this week and knows that the World #1 is a bit frustrated and disappointed by her recent performance. Annika has told Yani to go out there and relax and have fun on the course because she has the game to win and if she is able to play her own game and not try to force anything to happen, she will be successful.

1998 U.S. Women’s Open Champion Se Ri Pak has inspired so many people in her native South Korea as well as many other overseas countries over the years. Annika remembers fondly her head-to-head pairings with Se Ri and had and still has a great amount of respect for her game. You could say that Se Ri Pak’s win in 1998 at Blackwolf Run was the thing that sparked the Korean dominance of women’s golf that we are seeing today.

When asked about her favorites to win, Annika said that the Champion this week needs distance more than accuracy off the tee, consistency with their long irons, and above all, endless patience because the U.S. Women’s Open is a tough test. She mentioned Amy Yang and Cristie Kerr as possible contenders based on their games and their on-course demeanors.

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Rose: 'Never' has Rory putted as well as Bay Hill

By Ryan LavnerMarch 19, 2018, 1:20 am

ORLANDO, Fla. – Justin Rose didn’t need to ponder the question for very long.

The last time Rory McIlroy putted that well was, well …?

“Never,” Rose said with a chuckle. “Ryder Cup? He always makes it look easy when he’s playing well.”

And the Englishman did well just to try and keep pace.

After playing his first six holes in 4 over par, Rose battled not just to make the cut but to contend. He closed with consecutive rounds of 67, finishing in solo third, four shots back of McIlroy at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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Rose said this weekend was the best he’s struck the ball all year. He just didn’t do enough to overtake McIlroy, who finished the week ranked first in strokes gained-putting and closed with a bogey-free 64.

“Rory just played incredible golf, and it’s great to see world-class players do that,” Rose said. “It’s not great to see him make putts because he was making them against me, but when he is, he’s incredibly hard to beat. So it was fun to watch him play.”

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Rory almost channels Tiger with 72nd-hole celebration

By Ryan LavnerMarch 19, 2018, 1:11 am

ORLANDO, Fla. – Rory McIlroy’s final putt at the Arnold Palmer Invitational felt awfully familiar.

He rolled in the 25-footer for birdie and wildly pumped his fist, immediately calling to mind Woods’ heroics on Bay Hill’s 18th green.

Three times Woods holed a putt on the final green to win this event by a stroke.

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McIlroy was just happy to provide a little extra cushion as the final group played the finishing hole.

“I’ve seen Tiger do that enough times to know what it does,” McIlroy said. “So I just wanted to try and emulate that. I didn’t quite give it the hat toss – I was thinking about doing that. But to be able to create my own little bit of history on the 18th green here is pretty special.”

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McIlroy remembers Arnie dinner: He liked A-1 sauce on fish

By Will GrayMarch 19, 2018, 1:06 am

ORLANDO, Fla. – Fresh off a stirring victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rory McIlroy offered a pair of culinary factoids about two of the game’s biggest names.

McIlroy regretted not being able to shake Palmer’s hand behind the 18th green after capping a three-shot win with a Sunday 64, but with the trophy in hand he reflected back on a meal he shared with Palmer at Bay Hill back in 2015, the year before Palmer passed away.

“I knew that he liked A-1 sauce on his fish, which was quite strange,” McIlroy said. “I remember him asking the server, ‘Can I get some A-1 sauce?’ And the server said, ‘For your fish, Mr. Palmer?’ He said, ‘No, for me.’”

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A few minutes later, McIlroy revealed that he is also a frequent diner at The Woods Jupiter, the South Florida restaurant launched by Tiger Woods. In fact, McIlroy explained that he goes to the restaurant every Wednesday with his parents – that is, when he’s not spanning the globe winning golf tournaments.

Having surveyed the menu a few times, he considers himself a fan.

“It’s good. He seems pretty hands-on with it,” McIlroy said. “Tuna wontons are good, the lamb lollipops are good. I recommend it.”

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DeChambeau comes up short: 'Hat’s off to Rory'

By Will GrayMarch 19, 2018, 12:48 am

ORLANDO, Fla. – Amid a leaderboard chock full of big names and major winners, the person that came closest to catching Rory McIlroy at the Arnold Palmer Invitational turned out to by Bryson DeChambeau.

While Henrik Stenson faltered and Justin Rose stalled out, it was DeChambeau that gave chase to McIlroy coming down the stretch at Bay Hill. Birdies on Nos. 12 and 13 were followed by an eagle out of the rough on No. 16, which brought him to within one shot of the lead.

But as DeChambeau surveyed his birdie putt from the fringe on the penultimate hole, McIlroy put an effective end to the proceedings with a closing birdie of his own to polish off a round of 64. DeChambeau needed a hole-out eagle on No. 18 to force a playoff, and instead made bogey.

That bogey ultimately didn’t have an effect on the final standings, as DeChambeau finished alone in second place at 15 under, three shots behind McIlroy after shooting a 4-under 68.

“I thought 15 under for sure would win today,” DeChambeau said. “Rory obviously played some incredible golf. I don’t know what he did on the last nine, but it was deep. I know that.”

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DeChambeau will collect $961,000 for his performance this week in Orlando, just $47,000 less than he got for winning the John Deere Classic in July. While he would have preferred to take McIlroy’s spot in the winner’s circle, DeChambeau was pleased with his effort in Sunday’s final pairing as he sets his sights on a return to the Masters.

“For him to shoot 64 in the final round, that’s just, hat’s off to him, literally. I can’t do anything about that,” DeChambeau said. “I played some great golf, had some great up-and-downs, made a couple key putts coming down the stretch, and there’s not really much more I can do about it. My hat’s off to Rory, and he played fantastic.”