Like we said, it was a bad season...for Annika Sorenstam.
It started out well enough, however, when Sorenstam won her first 2006 start at this week's tournament, the MasterCard Classic, where she also won the inaugural event in 2005.
The world No. 1 will make this her first start of 2007 as well, looking for her 70th career title and fourth consecutive season-opening win.
It's not safe to bet against Sorenstam this week, especially with Bosque Real Country Club being the longest (almost 7,000 yards) and highest (8,000 feet above sea level) course on the LPGA Tour schedule.
The tournament is looking like a place that will produce elite winners each year.
Looking beyond Sorenstam, world No. 3 and reigning Player of the Year Lorena Ochoa is the de facto Mexican ambassador for golf and will be an overwhelming gallery favorite this week -- especially after claiming her first win in Mexico at last year's Corono Morelia Championship.
Also in the field this week will be the season's first two winners: Paula Creamer, who won the SBS Open at Turtle Bay; and Stacy Prammanasudh, who claimed the Fields Open in Hawaii.
The GOLF CHANNEL will broadcast all three rounds this week. The LPGA Tour will have another one-week hiatus before it returns in two weeks for the Safeway International, which was won by Juli Inkster last year.