Sorenstam Ready to Return to Normal

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Annika Sorenstam is back where I belong on the LPGA Tour this week, but she professes a bit of wonderment pertaining to the mens circuit.
 
If I played all year and I played 30 tournaments, and I choose the 30 tournaments, I think Id be in the top 100 on the money list, Sorenstam said Thursday.
 
Maybe Im dreaming, but I feel very good about my game and my chances. But thats not something I want to try.
 
On the eve of the Kellogg-Keebler Classic, Sorenstam reiterated that as far as the PGA Tour is concerned, shes one and done.
 
I wanted to see how good I am, how my game would rank against the best men in the world and Ive done that. Ive tested myself. I know what I can do. And I dont need to do it again, she said.
 
Its time to move on.
 
Moving on means returning to a tournament that she won by 11 strokes a year ago. She shot 63-67-65 that week: The best golf (Ive ever played), she insisted. It was a part of her 11-win season the LPGA Tour in 2002; a part of what helped gain her an exemption into last weeks field, and helped prepare her for everything it entailed.
 
Now she wants to take what she learned in Ft. Worth, Texas and sprinkle it over the remainder of her career ' on the LPGA Tour.
 
'The pressure, the expectations, everything that I experienced last weekits going to help me, she said. 'If I can take my game to a different level, hopefully the other ladies out here will follow and womens' golf will grow in general.
 
'This is not a one-person tour. We have 144 players here this week and I think everybody's capable of carrying the torch in different ways.'
 
Sorenstams 71-74 (5-over) performance in the Bank of America Colonial ' where she became the first female in 58 years to play in a PGA Tour event ' might not have been good enough to make the cut, but it was more than acceptable for her psyche.
 
I thought I performed extremely well, she said. I dont regret missing the cut either. I did my best and that was what it was all about.
 
Ive had a few days to reflect on the whole week and the more I think about it, the more I smile.
 
Sorenstam said that after missing the cut she tried to rest at her home in Orlando, Fla. And though exhausted by the experience ' months in the making ' she was unable to get much sleep over the weekend, her mind piecing together the multitude.
 
My brain was just working constantly, and I was thinking about everything, she confessed. The last few nights Im starting to get some good rest and getting my life back to normal again.
 
That, perhaps, is a nave statement, because nothing will ever be normal again for Sorenstam. She found that out on her way to the course Thursday.
 
I went to Starbucks this morning and everybody recognized me, said Sorenstam, who taped an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show Wednesday.
 
Sorenstam said people are constantly approaching her, applauding her, and expressing how she has affected them.
 
Its either like, you know, Now you got my wife to start playing the game, or my 4-year-old, she says that women can do everything men can do, Sorenstam relayed.
 
Sorenstam has certainly had a profound effect on others, but this whole playing with the men experience was about making herself a better player.
 
Its time to take what I learned from last week and put it into play, she said. Starting this week is going to be a hectic summer with a lot of big tournaments, so its about time I get into a groove to play out here.
 
Sorenstam has played in only five LPGA events this season, winning one ' The Office Depot Championship ' and finishing no worse than tied for sixth in her four other starts. Still, she is disappointed in not winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship, where she finished second, and has a major focus for the remainder of the year.
 
Weve got three more this year and, you know, Id love to win all three, she said.
 
The McDonalds LPGA Championship is next week, with the U.S. Womens Open the first week in July, and the Weetabix Womens British Open a month thereafter.
 
For now, however, shell try and get her game in shape at the Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora, Ill., on a course over 700 yards shorter than the one she tackled a week ago.
 
It would seem this week would be a cakewalk compared to the last. Not so says the Swede.
 
Oh, its never easy, she said. I havent practiced too hard the last few days. But I feel good about my game. I mean I hit the ball so well at Colonial. Im not worried about that right now. Right now Ive got to get used to the course again, the feel for the greens and so forth. Other than that, Im ready to go.
 
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