Sunday, May 18, 2008

AnnikaWatch: Going Head-to-Head with a Living Legend

We've been deprived yet again of an Ochoa-Sorenstam Clash of the Titans on Sunday, at least in the head-to-head sense, as Sorenstam played her way on Saturday back into the 3rd-to-last group with Catriona Matthew and Kristy McPherson in the Sybase Classic's final round. But that just adds to the list of players who might be able to tell their grandkids they beat Annika in her final season on the LPGA.

Here's a list of who's played with her so far in 2008 and their record (W-L-T) against her in those rounds they've been paired together.

5 6 players have a winning record:

Juli Inkster (1-0)
[Update (2:31 pm): Catriona Matthew (1-0)]
Hee-Won Han (1-0)
Jee Young Lee (1-0)
Amy Hung (1-0)
Mi Hyun Kim (1-0-1)

6 have broken even:

Lorena Ochoa (3-3) [but Lorena's on a 3-round losing streak]
Paula Creamer (1-1-1) [the one round Paula won, Annika beat her in the playoff]
Karrie Webb (1-1)
Morgan Pressel (1-1)
Lindsey Wright (1-1)
Minea Blomqvist (1-1)

But mostly it's an exercise in futility (more so for some than for others):

Jeong Jang (0-1-1)
Stacy Prammanasudh (0-1-1)
Christina Kim (0-1)
Na Yeon Choi (0-1)
In-Kyung Kim (0-1)
Young Kim (0-1)
Il Mi Chung (0-1)
Meaghan Francella (0-1)
Reilly Rankin (0-1)
Charlotte Mayorkas (0-1)
[Update (2:31 pm): Kristy McPherson (0-1)]
Erica Blasberg (0-1)
Suzann Pettersen (0-2)
Laura Davies (0-2)
Laura Diaz (0-2)
Ai Miyazato (0-2)
Cristie Kerr (0-3)
Natalie Gulbis (0-4-1)
Momoko Ueda (0-4)

Consider that these are the golfers who either got paired with Annika early in a tournament or who played their way into her pairing later in one--the few players the tour considers to be in her league or who have played at the same level as her that week. That's a pretty good record for Annika there, eh?

I wonder if you'd rather say you got beat by her 10 times or you beat her once the one time you got to play with her in her last season on the LPGA?

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