Is Annika Sorenstam Playing in the 2022 U.S. Women’s Open?

Published 05/31/2022, 8:00 AM EDT

It is no doubt that anyone passionate about golf would know the name Annika Sorenstam. The 94 titles she won worldwide have made the Swedish player one of the best, if not the best, players in female golfing. Like all the good things come to an end, the Swedish player retired in 2008.

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Nevertheless, the LPGA Tour veteran made a comeback in 2021 at the U. S. Senior Women’s Open. Since she won the tournament, Sorenstam got qualified to play the second major of the Tour, the U. S. Women’s Open. However, has she decided on whether to compete in the major tournament or not? 

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Recently, the USGA released the field list for the U. S. Women’s Open hosted by the Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C. According to it, Sorenstam is part of the LPGA Tour major! 

Joined the Tour in 1994, the Swedish golfer has won 72 championships, including 10 majors. Notably, she has won three U. S. Women’s Open, one of them at the Pine Needles Golf Club in 1996. She had then won by a six-shot lead. 

The last time she won the title was in 2006, more than 15-years ago. However, that doesn’t mean she isn’t capable of winning it again at 51. After her retirement in 2008, Sorenstam didn’t participate in any tournaments until the 2021 U. S. Senior Women’s Open. 

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The Swedish golfer won her comeback event with an eight-stroke lead against the runner-up. Notably, it was her first time competing in a Senior Tour event. Additionally, she is the only woman to score a 59 in an official tournament. 

What does Annika Sorenstam think about participating in the 2022 U. S. Women’s Open? 

“This isn’t necessarily about me trying to do a comeback,” Sorenstam said about her playing at the U. S. Open. “It was more about the family.” 

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After her retirement, Sorenstam concentrated on her family, including her husband, daughter, and son. According to her, her children made her make a comeback at the Senior Open. She also believes that her children, especially her son, who is interested in the sport, will draw inspiration from her. 

Furthermore, she also is a mentor to many young girls who play in the Annika Invitational. She believes her participation in the Tour event will help her mentor the girls well. “You’ve got to be in the mix to talk about what it’s like,” she added. “Now, I can do that a bit more with ease.”

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Do you think Annika Sorenstam can win the LPGA Tour major at the Pine Needles? 

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Anjana Prabhakaran

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Anjana Prabhakaran is a Golf content writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Master's degree in Public Administration and considers researching as one of her hobbies. As her family is interested in sports, Anjana grew up watching every sport on television.

Edited By: Deepika Bhaduri

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