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Discussion in 'Golf Talk For Women' started by soxngolf, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. soxngolf

    soxngolf The Chick

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    She has to be so frustrated right now. Since the LPGA, which she really should have won, she has been striking the ball beautifully, but can not buy a putt right now. She only lost going into the MacDonalds LPGA playoff by one shot and honestly missed an easy 10-15 putts that she should have made over the four rounds. You know that she wants to finish this year strong and would be so disappointed in this year if she didn't win a few more. 10 tournaments left, I hope she gets at least one.
     
  2. Harry Longshanks

    Harry Longshanks bow-chicka-bow-wow

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    Do you think her heart is in it right now?

    I'm not sure she is 100% focused on winning any more. I doubt its a conscious thing, but she just doesn't seem herself.
     
  3. soxngolf

    soxngolf The Chick

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    Oh, I think so. I think she desperately wants to finish with a good season. I do think that this has all been harder for her than she expected. Her comments after the Evain kind of showed that.
     
  4. MCDavis

    MCDavis The Plaid Duffer Staff Member Moderator

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    Not only is she not quite playing her old game, others are stepping up and playing strong. She's got a tough road this season.
     
  5. Eracer

    Eracer No more triple bogies!!

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    It all comes down to putting, doesn't it?

    Some stats:
    SBS - Won - 89 putts
    McDonalds - T3 - 104 putts
    Michelob Ultra - Won - 104 putts
    Stanford - Won - 115 putts
    Evian - T17 - 116 putts
    Wegman's - T33 - 117 putts
    Ginn - T32 - 126 putts

    I'm not sure about the Stanford. That's a lot of putts to win.
     
  6. ClairefromClare

    ClairefromClare Like my balls?

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    Absolutely. On the leaderboard of any tourney, check out the player-by-player stats. I like to compare the leaders to the ones at the bottom. Not all that much difference in yardage or fairways hit (usually). Some difference in greens in regulation. But the biggest difference by far is putts per round.

    Annika is such a fierce competitor. This year was supposed to be all about going out on top. I can't imagine her giving less than 110% to anything.
     
  7. warbirdlover

    warbirdlover Ender of all threads Supporting Member

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    Lorena is also struggling of late. Not badly, but just can't finish it off. :)
     
  8. goatster

    goatster SUPER SOAKER

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    putting is a killer. but also i think everybody has stepped up there game knowing this is her last yr and wanting to show they are ready to take her place.

    the way to do that is by beating probably the best female golfer ever.
     
  9. ClairefromClare

    ClairefromClare Like my balls?

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    True, but Lorena is past the days when they used to call her "O-choke-a." She's amazing--in person she's teeny, and she drives that ball forever.
     
  10. soxngolf

    soxngolf The Chick

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    Lorena had some family issues, her uncle passed away. Since the time she really hasn't been on her game. I just think her mind is somewhere else. Understandable, and I bet we will see her turn it around towards the end of the season. I don't think she will ever be back to the form she was in last year or even to begin this season. That was just such an extreme high level, she was bound to drop off.
     
  11. soxngolf

    soxngolf The Chick

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    From Annika's blog:

    Greetings from Sunningdale. This is the eve of the first round of our last Major of the year....and quite possibly my last ever. There have been a lot of questions about my emotions this week, which is understandable. Though I must admit, my focus is more on winning and playing good golf. I love the course, setup, and everything about this championship. I am teeing off at 7:25am tomorrow, so it's time to go to bed. Keep your fingers crossed for a memorable week

    It would be great if she could win her last major...
     
  12. Harry Longshanks

    Harry Longshanks bow-chicka-bow-wow

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    hmmmmmm...
     
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    Fitzpatrick Good Walk Spoiler Supporting Member

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    She did bring up Brett Favre in her retirement speech......
     
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    mont86 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I would agree with Harry..They're too many distractions now.
     
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    soxngolf The Chick

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    Well, she didn't win it, but 18 for 18 greens! WOW!:wow:

    No, she has never been a great putter, but not many people have ever had the accuracy in their game like Annika.

    I once read a story from a long drive hitter who was at the range with Annika before a pro-am. She said, "you know how most golfers pick a spot on the range and try to hit as close to it as they can? Annika picks a blade of grass and hits it every time."
     
  16. ClairefromClare

    ClairefromClare Like my balls?

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    She also said something really revealing in the interview right afterwards--her game is there but her heart isn't in it. She said she doesn't have the hunger. I think she's timing her exit right.

    (Just wish Lorena could find her game again.)
     
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    It is tough to win a tournament when your heart is in it and you are 110% committed anyone who has played in one will tell you but to do so when you have anything but total focus is just about impossible. I hope that she gets at least one more win this year, but I don't think that she is in the right frame of mind to do so. Mostly because every other question she is asked is about the retirement. So good luck Annika, and I am sure that sometime down the road we will see her out on the course again. You just can't keep a competitor like that out of competition.
     
  18. Harry Longshanks

    Harry Longshanks bow-chicka-bow-wow

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    Hey, didn't someone here say that was exactly what they thought the reason was?


    Oh right, that was me. :laugh:
     
  19. ClairefromClare

    ClairefromClare Like my balls?

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    The response is all too obvious: you crack me up.
     
  20. mwebster22

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    I think once the mind has been made up the career is coming to an end, it's only human nature to lose that edge Annika once had. I'm sure if she was making a few more putts this wouldn't even be a conversation right now, but it has to be hard knowing there's limited time to go out on a winning note. She's probably putting extra pressure on herself.

    I'm pulling for her to finish the year strong. Looks like she's on Lorena's heals this week.
     

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