This will be the last US Open for Annika Sorenstam, who “plans on retiring” from golf. This is a photo of her signing autographs on Wednesday after a practice round. While she has intentions of winning this week, ultimately she will finish second. How do I know? A little bird told the Cat.
Last years winner was Defending U.S. Open champion Cristie Kerr (left), and she is in Minnesota to defend her title. Will she win? No.
She does feel that Interlachen suits her game … NOT ENOUGH!
Pictured left is Lorena Ochoa. She will be the winner come Sunday afternoon. Her length will be a factor on this long course (with five par 5’s), and her ability to keep herself below the hole with shot making decisions will be key in shooting low scores here on the severely sloped and fast greens. Interlachen is a golf course where greens in regulation is not as important as putting yourself in the right position to get down in two. Lorena will also be able to reach the 18th green in 2 shots, so I expect her to be well under par on this finishing hole … enough to win a US Open? Probably not, but her vast array of ammunition against this course will prove to be enough for the other players to fall behind.
Think women golfers are not feminine? Check out this picture of Pat Anderson, Christy Kerr, Paula Creamer, and Natalie Gulbis. I have a big crush on Natalie Gulbis!! click the link if you are a male, for a hotter picture
Many of us have certain times when a nervous moment arises on the golf course. For the most part, I play with a care free attitude, and worry less than I should. Sometimes though, especially after a break, I do feel a few jitters on the first tee box. I place some golf rounds rounds in a “priority” category. These in particular can induce a few butterflies. Do other players feel the same cringe every now and again?
Wayne Gretzky claims he’s not comfortable playing in front of people, and that “there’s nothing worse than having a three-foot putt in front of 100 people.” He is currently promoting the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic that he will host June 26 through 29. Amateurs … including Gretzky, will pair up with a tour pro and try to make the cut as a team.
“At best, I could be about a seven-handicap if I took a year to work on my game – my habits in golf are so erratic and poor that to break that all down would be tough for my mind to do”
Gretzky is famous for an outing in which he hit a U.S. Secret Service agent who was up in a tree looking out for former U.S. president, Gerald Ford. (I wish I had some video of that!)
“We’re creatures of habit,” he said. “My habit is to slice the ball. Five of 10 drives I’ll hit straight and five out of 10 I’ll hit into the water to the right.”
Mike Weir once told Gretzsky that it was every kid’s dream to play in the last group at Pebble Beach. Wayne says that it is more of a nightmare! He dreamed as a kid of being in the seventh game of a Stanley Cup final, not in the final group of a PGA Tour event.
Gretzky will come into the Nationwide tournament as a recent winner.
He and his pro partner, Chris Nallen, won the pro-am at the Nationwide’s BMW Charity Pro-Am May 18. Given the win, Gretzky should be able to fore-go some of his anxiety.
I can’t remember the last time I had 100 people watching me play. The largest group watching me hit a ball? Maybe 70 …. that was nerve-racking enough!
This course is NOT what I would describe as pristine, lush, or championship quality. What it does have is a great layout, some really long 600 yard par 5’s, and a green fee so cheap that you might think the clubhouse attendant rang up your receipt wrong. I payed 24 dollars to play 18 with a cart using my PGA Card. Of course, the best part of playing here is that it’s never busy. We played as a twosome and never waited on a tee box.
- Round Duration: 3 hours
- Birdies: 4
- Longest drive 315
- Closest to the pin: 3 feet
- Score: 69 ( yes, you read that right )
This was a wildly fun round, and well worth the trip. As I am leaving town for work at the end of the week, it will have to do for a while!!
Sanbrook Golf Course 2181 County Road 5 NE, Isanti – (763) 444-9904