3 birdies with no bogey. Annika Sorenstam (Sweden), a living legend of women’s golf, showed off her skills after a long time. It is not an event competition, but the opening game of the LPGA Tour. On the 20th (Korean time), on the first day of the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions, the opening day of the LPGA Tour 2023 season held at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club (par 72), Florida, USA, Sorenstam caught 3 birdies and par 15 and played a clean game. .
This competition is conducted in a unique way. 29 professional golfers and celebrities will compete together. A kind of ‘pro-am’ type of tournament. Professional golfers use regular stroke play, while celebrities score using a modified Stableford method. A par is 2 points, a birdie is 3 points, and an eagle is 5 points.
Sorenstam entered the event as a celebrity, not as a professional. But her desire to win is stronger than anyone else. This is because they lost to former professional baseball player Derek Law in overtime last year and finished second.
After showing confidence, “I still have a competitive edge in golf,” Sorenstam expressed satisfaction by saying, “But I’m not saying I want to compete with professional golfers. I’m just happy where I am.” “I started off bad today, but I putt well and got my rhythm back,” she said.
Sorenstam participated as a ‘celebrity’, but thoroughly prepared. In particular, he is armed with the new paradigm of his permanent partner, Callaway. “I received the club last week and had it fitted, and now it fits perfectly,” Sorenstam said. “The 9-iron shot on the last hole was the best shot of the day.”
In the celebrity category, Sorenstam took the lead, and former American professional tennis player Mardi Fish (37 points) came in second, a strong player who has won the tournament. Defending champion Law came in third, and former major leaguer John Smoltz, who won the tournament twice, placed fourth, paving the way for the championship race.
The competition between professional golfers to win the opening game has also heated up. Oddly enough, Brooke Henderson (Canada) and Nellie Korda (USA), who changed all of their supplies to TaylorMade, came in first and second, drawing attention. 메이저놀이터
Henderson, who took the lead with 6 birdies and 1 bogey, is a strong player with 12 wins, including 2 major championships, on the LPGA Tour. Six months after last year’s major tournament, the Evian Championship, I took another chance. Henderson analyzed, “A lot of things have changed. The club that has changed has played a role,” and analyzed, “The course is in good condition, so we need a lot of birdies.” Ahead of this season, Corda, which signed a clothing contract with Nike, also replaced all accessories with TaylorMade, including hats with the TaylorMade logo. “I started the new season with a new club and everything went well. I like the club,” Korda said.