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Woods Lends Sorenstam His British Open Yardage Book

Posted August. 03, 2007 06:20,   


“I have my (Old Course) yardage book. Do you want to use it? ” (Tiger Woods)

“I would love to. Are you sure?” (Annika Sorenstam)

The “Golf Empress,” slowed by last year’s injury, will have some help from the “Golf Emperor” when she plays the Women`s British Open at St. Andrews on Thursday.

Before the start of the game, Sorenstam said that Woods asked her whether she wanted to use his yardage book and she readily accepted the offer.

A yardage book refers to notes written by a golfer on the rounds at a course. The book includes the distance to each hole, the location of hazards, the slant of greens and putting greens. Since Woods won the 2005 British Open title here with a 14-under-par, the book is a critical tip to Sorenstam. Both are from Orlando, Florida. She said, “Over the past few weeks, I would talk about the Old Course with Woods.”

Since last year, when Sorenstam started getting back pain, she has been struggling. She won as many as 10 titles in the LPGA, but this year she has yet to win a championship. Her best finish this year was second place at the MasterCard Classic in March. She has given way her No.1 world ranking to Lorena Ochoa, falling to third. Her golf prize money ranking is only 30th.

The Women’s British Open is meaningful to Sorenstam who had claimed the championship in 2003 there to win the LPGA Grand Slam. She said, “I am totally pain-free, but my strength is not back."

Seri Park (CJ) achieved three major titles - the McDonald Championship, the U.S. Open, and the Women’s British Open- but failed to win at the Nabisco Championship recently.

Declaring, “My aim is to play like Tiger Woods,” Michelle Wie climbed into second place with a two-under-par on no.6 hole as of 5:30 p.m. Ochoa is leading with a 3-under-par on the 9-hole. Seri Park is in 27th place with a one-over-par at the 9-hole.