When Carnoustie Got Tough - So Did Open Winner Anna Nordqvist - Dog Leg News

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Tom Edrington

Tom Edrington spent the first 10 years of his misguided youth as a sports writer for the Tampa Tribune. His career brought him face to face with many of sports greatest stars -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Muhammad Ali, Don Shula, countless Hall of Fame NFL stars, more PGA Tour players than he can count. In 1980 he was honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for writing the best news story that year, his coverage of Jack Nicklaus' U.S. Open victory at Baltusrol. Today, 36 years later, golf is still a great part of his life, thanks to competitive playing days and the wonderful people he has met on this fabulous journey.

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    baxter cepeda

    Annas physique is imposing to say the least —so much so I still vividly remember my jaw drop the first time I saw her in person (years ago)— but she doesn’t play like the biggest and strongest kid on the block.

    Her drives don’t particularly stand out as one would expect. She hits a soft draw.

    And she cannot chip; like literally she will not chip unless it’s absolutely necessary. It seems her whole game is based around not chipping, which works well on Links with so much tight fairway around the greens. It’s amazing she has a US Open.

    But here she is halfway to the career grand slam and 3/5 of the way to the Whan career slam.

    She wasn’t the rooting interest but she seems like a nice all class person; it’s easy to be happy for her. Her husband being from the area also made it very easy to be happy for her.

    The other classy contenders mentioned above in toms article all deserve credit for playing tough on the notoriously tough Canroustie.

    The only name left out was the amateur Louise Duncan, the first Scott to win the women’s British Am since the disco days. Her amateur ranking is misleading because she hasn’t played much but the 21 year old is a new star. IMO.

    IMG deserves a lot of credit for raising purses. We are getting closer and closer to the ladies of golf getting compensated appropriately for the product they put up and the desirable international audience —for sponsors—that the lpga has around the world.

    Then there is Nelly, who got off to a great start before fatigue, attention, and the unique and still mostly unfamiliar quarks of links golf caught up to the best player in the world. She will eventually win an Open but as expected here this was not her time. To be fair What was expected here—queen Bee winning— didn’t exactly pan out either…I blame the a lack rough and wind which would have given Park more of an edge because of her straightness and her mental stuff.

    It was a great AIG women’s Open. And next year only gets better with an even bigger purse at Muirfied. The great courses really matter but the purse matters even more. Casual viewers always want to know how much people win; and thanks to folks like AIG putting up the money it’s getting easier to drop some peoples jaws about what women golfers are playing for.

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