FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Annika Sorenstam ran away with the U.S. Senior Ladies’s Open on Sunday, closing with a 4-under 68 for an 8-stroke victory.
The 50-year-old Sorenstam, a three-time U.S. Ladies’s Open champion making her first look within the senior occasion, completed at 12-under 276 at Brooklawn Nation Membership within the wire-to-wire victory.
“It is actually onerous to explain,” Sorenstam stated. “Once we got here right here, I simply cherished the place from the beginning. All the pieces felt so good, after which clearly you need to go on the market and end it up, and at the moment I actually felt like I performed very, very effectively. To come back in right here on Sunday realizing what I needed to do and I did it, clearly I am very joyful.”
Taking part in companion and fellow Swede Liselotte Neumann was second, capturing a 74. She gained the 1988 U.S. Ladies’s Open to develop into the primary Swedish main champion.
Husband Mike McGee caddied for Sorenstam, with daughter Ava, 11, and son Will, 10, within the gallery.
“Once I turned 50, we had a dialogue. I stated, ‘Do you wish to see Mama play?’ They usually stated, ‘Yeah, we wish to see Mama play,'” Sorenstam stated. “I stated to try this I’ve to place in a while. You’ll be able to’t simply go on the market and compete with the ladies out right here. They’ve seen me hitting the balls, they’ve seen me go on the market and actually put sweat and tears into it, so it is actually paid off. With out them this might probably not occur. It is definitely a staff effort.”
Sorenstam earned $180,000 and a spot subsequent yr within the U.S. Ladies’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Membership.
Laura Davies, the 2018 winner within the inaugural occasion, was third at 3 below after a 71.
“Cracking week. Course was nice,” Davies stated. “The greens have been powerful however honest, and an excellent champion in Annika, and he or she’s gained by a good outdated manner. After Day 1, I believed she would win. I believed she regarded just like the Annika of outdated, and he or she’s confirmed it. After Day 1, I knew we have been all in bother.”
European Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew (74) and Yuko Saito (72) have been 2 below.
At 276, Sorenstam tied the event file set by Davies in 2018 at Chicago Golf Membership within the inaugural championship.