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July 13, 1995

Annika Sorenstam


LES UNGER: One over the pace with a 67, Annika Sorenstam. We would like to go through your card a little bit, but I think with the 3-under the story is you had a little stumble there towards late which might have put you in the lead. Let us go through all your nonroutine par holes, okay?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM: Start with hole number 3. I birdied, holed a bunker shot.

LES UNGER: How far?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM: That was a long one. It was about 40 feet green bunker on the left hand. 4, birdied 9-iron, 10 feet. Then I had par all the way through number 12, the par 3; hit a 6-iron to about 30 feet. Holed that putt for birdie. Hole number 14, let us see, I hit sand wedge 15 feet, birdie. And then I bogeyed No. 15. I missed the putt. Had a chip; 2-putt that was probably about 5 feet. Then also bogeyed number 16, I 3-putted on that green. I missed a 3-footer. I parred -- no, I had birdie on 17. I hit the green in 2 and 2-putted.

LES UNGER: What did you hit onto the green and how far were you from the pin?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM: I had 3-wood into the green and I was -- 2-putt from 40 feet.

LES UNGER: Last putt was --


LES UNGER: No, on the birdie hole.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM: It wasn't at that point in.

LES UNGER: Any par saves?


LES UNGER: Characterize, in general, your play today.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM: Sure, I am very pleased with the way I played. I started out very steady; hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens. As I said, I only had tap-ins for par until I came on the back 9 which I mis-hit a few shots. Other than that, it was very steady golf. A lot of patience out there. Took it one shot at a time.

LES UNGER: Weather conditions, were they any different while you played compared to what you might have heard or observed earlier today?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM: The first thing I noticed is the wind was different compared to the two practice rounds. I felt like the wind was totally opposite, so it made the course a little different. In the end the wind died down so it was almost like playing --

Q. One 3-putt green?


Q. Talk a little bit about just before you bogeyed those two holes, didn't you have about a 10-foot birdie putt, did that have any bearing on the 2 bogeys that followed?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM: Oh, yeah, I had a putt there that was about 10 feet for birdie; it slipped away a bit. I was going pretty comfortable out there. It was only-- I made bogey on that first shot that I really missed the green on, so, you know, playing so many holes without missing a green, it doesn't come as a surprise; you always miss a few.

Q. How far was that putt on 18 that could have put you in the lead?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM: It was very short. It was less than 3 feet. I knew it was going to break, but I didn't know it was going to break that much. I thought I hardly touched it. It just ran away. The second putt was longer than the first.

Q. You have played well all season; haven't you, Annika?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM: Yes, thank you, been a good year so far.

Q. Do you feel that you left some shots out there today, Annika?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM: Overall, no. As I said with the bunker that I started out -- I think I have to be thankful for what I got overall. I know I can go out there and do better, but today the way I was playing, I think I should be pleased.

Q. On that shot on 15, I think you missed the green short there, right, did you misclub or the first bogey?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM: No, it was a bad swing; a little lazy.

LES UNGER: Anything out there that was unexpected versus your practice round?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM: No, I thought the greens would be a little firmer. In the beginning I was short all the time and I expected the ball to roll a little more than it did. Took awhile for me to adjust to it. In the end, actually, I was long, but better that than being short.

Q. How was the pace of play; was it kind of slow going out there today?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM: It was extremely slow. 5 and a half hours, I think we went.

Q. Were you waiting on a lot of shots?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM: We waited on every single hole and as a matter of fact, the 3rd hole we were 3 groups on the tee.

Q. Do you have any explanation for that? Do you think maybe the pressure of The Open causes players to play a little slower?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM: I think probably you are right. People take their time and I mean, there is not a lot of walking between the holes, so I don't understand. It must be people are just taking their time.

LES UNGER: First group today was 3:40. Three was nobody ahead of them. Any other questions?

Q. I guess we see your name on the leaderboards a lot and the thing that comes to mind that you are probably the best player who doesn't have a Major title. Are you prepared to add one of those and is that a goal of yours? You seem like you are just taking everything in stride, nothing too high; nothing too low?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM: Definitely a goal to get a big title. I think the time comes when it is my turn. Be patient. I haven't won here, so I have to win first and if it is a big win or a small win, I will take it.

LES UNGER: Everybody satisfied. It is late in the day. They are tired.

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