Sorenstam Takes Advantage of Soft Greens


Annika Sorenstam took the field by storm during the first round of the Aerus Electrolux USA Championship Hosted by Vince Gill and Amy Grant. Sorenstam outplayed her peers by two strokes, finishing the day at 7-under-par 65.
The course is in good shape, Sorenstam said after recording her error-free round.
The conditions were just about perfect Thursday. A little rain off and on softened the greens and allowed players to aggressively attack the pins. Sorenstam was among a pack of players who recorded numerous birdies throughout their rounds.
I didnt know if it was going to rain or not, but the last 13 or 14 holes, it was perfect. The greens are soft, so you can fire it at the pins,' Sorenstam said. 'The greens are really smooth and rolling well, so there are great conditions to score. I took advantage of them. This was the first morning tee time Ive had all year, so it feels good to get off to a good start.
After her poor performance last week, Thursday was a day of redemption for the Swede.
Today I got into a good rhythm, and it was good to play 18 solid holes, she said. Im playing good golf, and was able to get going today. Ive been playing well all year, so its good to get off to a good start.
Wendy Doolan shot 67 during the first round to end the day tied for second with Wendy Ward at 5-under-par.
Its been a while since Ive gotten off to a good start, Doolan lamented. I was just patient and hit a lot of fairways today. I hit a lot of good wedge shots and putted well. I made seven birdies, so Im excited. Ive been working hard on my game and saw some results today, so thats good.
Ward worked on her putting with her coach Mike McGetrick for a few days this week and it seems to have paid off.
My putting path had gotten out of whack and I just needed to get in my groove a little better and then try some of the mechanics out there on the course,' Ward said. I felt okay out there and I am not overly disappointed with a 67, although I would like to (make) a few more putts out there through the weekend.
Kris Tschetter, playing alongside Sorenstam, started strong, but suffered three bogeys on the back nine to tie for second. Mhairi McKay and Brandie Burton are also tied for second after recording opening rounds of 67.
Full-field scores from the Aerus Electrolux USA Champ.