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Annika Ready to Bounce Back

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Annika Sorenstam is eager to get past her final-hole meltdown at the U.S. Women's Open.
'I'm not over it yet because I still keep thinking, `You know, if I only would have done that and what would have happened if I did that?'' Sorenstam said Tuesday.
Sorenstam is in Vancouver for this week's Canadian Women's Open, but her mind is still on Sunday's 18th hole at Pumpkin Ridge in Oregon.
With 236 yards left, Sorenstam was poised to make birdie on the 502-yard, par-5 18th and win her third U.S. Women's Open title.
Instead, she sliced a 4-wood into the trees, next to a fence surrounding the portable toilets and behind the large scoreboard. It took 20 minutes to get relief, and her chip from a thin patch of dry grass clipped a branch and dropped in the bunker.
She blasted out to 15 feet, but her par putt never had a chance.
Sorenstam finished with a 2-over 73 and missed Monday's playoff between Hilary Lunke, Angela Stanford, and Kelly Robbins by one stroke. Lunke ended up winning Monday.
'I'm not going to let it bother me, but I will think about this for a while,' Sorenstam said. 'But you know, that's not going to help me. It's not going to affect my game in future tournaments, I know that.'
Sorenstam, still getting over a cold that bothered her in the final round, said Sunday's finish ranks as one of the lowest points of her career -- right next to a loss in the final of the 1992 US Amateur.
'Last week comes pretty close,' she said.
Still, Sorenstam, who learned all about pressure two months ago at Colonial as the first woman in 58 years to play on the PGA Tour, wouldn't change her approach to the closing hole, even though she failed to birdie it all week.
'Playing aggressive on a par-5 like that, I've done that the last three years because I've gained distance with the driver and gained distance with all of the clubs,' she said. 'I have won tournaments that way. Obviously I lost a big one, but that's a chance you take.'
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