Thursday, December 11, 2008

Annika Going for Win #90 in Dubai

I've never understood why Annika Sorenstam's worldwide win total hasn't been given more attention here in the U.S. Certainly fields on the LET over the last 2 decades are at least as strong as the fields the LPGA's legends beat up on back in their day. What's especially surprising to me is that nobody's emphasized the symmetry available to Sorenstam should she win the Dubai Ladies Masters this week on the LET: 72 LPGA wins, 90 career wins. Maybe nobody wants to jinx her. Well, I don't see the Mostly Harmless jinx being strong enough to stop a determined Sorenstam.

Annika got off to a great start on the back and bounced back from a double with 3 birdies in 5 holes, but finished with 2 straight bogeys on long par 4s for a 70. Right now she's 4 shots behind the leader, Johanna Head, tied for 4th with Laura Davies and Sophie Giquel, and 1 up on Amy Yang and Tania Elosegui, among many others. But there are many good players still out of the course who could put themselves between Sorenstam and the lead. Stay tuned!

[Update 1 (8:36 am): Here are some scores by LET notables:

1st/-6 Johanna Head (66)
2nd/-4 Anja Monke (68)
T3/-3 Veronica Zorzi (69)
T6/-2 Annika Sorenstam, Laura Davies, Ashleigh Simon, Sophie Giquel, Nina Reis (70)
T17/-1 Amy Yang, Martina Eberl, Anna Rawson, Tania Elosegui, Melissa Reid (71)
T30/E Sophie Gustafson, Carin Koch, Louise Stahle (72)
T47/+1 Catriona Matthew, Louise Friberg, Becky Brewerton (73)
T60/+2 Linda Wessberg (74)
T69/+3 Gwladys Nocera, Kiran Matharu (75)

With only 5 breaking 70, Annika may not need to go all that low this week to win. We'll see!]

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