A Flash Interview With: Annika Sorenstam
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: My plan, obviously I have got 18 more holes to play and I am going to give it all. This is a chance I am not going to give up I am going to fight to the end. Hopefully I can drive it well tomorrow. Hopefully I can putt it really well. I am just hoping for a great day tomorrow.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: I am definitely a little further back than I wanted to be. There's no doubt about that, but then again, if I look back at the way I played and the shots I have hit and the decisions I have made, I just, I don't think I have done so poorly. I haven't hit the greatest shots, haven't made the greatest putts, but for the effort that I have given, I am pretty happy.
I have shot 1-under on the back, I mean, it's a little light in the tunnel, so I am just going to bring that momentum into tomorrow. I have to play hard tomorrow. I have nothing to lose and we'll see what happens.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: I think so. I played solid on the back. Made a few par saves, just a tough golf course. Once you are in the rough, it's so tough to get out. You lose a shot, three-quarters for sure. I've got to hit it straight tomorrow maybe a little more aggressive, short irons in, so I can hit at the flags. The greens are going to be firmer. The pins today are one of the toughest I have ever seen.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: No, not at all. Like I said, I think I made some good decisions out there. I am playing the way that I had in mind. I might not hit the ball exactly the way I wanted, but I think the way I am thinking on the course, the decisions I am making, I stand over the ball and I make -- I am committed to my stroke, et cetera. There's not lots I really want to change.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: Might have to hit driver on few more holes, so I can have shorter irons in, so that I can fire more at the pins. Really depends on the conditions. If it's like this, the greens are going to dry out. You have to play for the front and it makes it difficult if you have 6-iron or 5-iron in your hand. It would be great if I could have maybe an 8-iron.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: Right now I am not really concerned how many players that are in between me and the leaders by the end of the day. I think plus 4 could be a good score tomorrow. Having said that I am at plus 6. I know what I have got to do.
I am running out of holes, but I need to get off to a good start tomorrow. I need to climb on that leaderboard and show them I am still here and I am serious and we'll see. I don't think I am going to need a miracle round, but it needs to be good.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: I hit a good 8-iron there. I am totally surprised -- that rolled about a foot, the first previous five holes, a lot of my shots released 10. It's very difficult sometimes to judge it. Maybe the wind was a little stronger than I thought it was, and then again, but when you are between clubs the last thing you want to be on that hole is past the pin.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: I feel great support from everyone. Really been trying to get me going and I have a tough start but they were on the 10th hole, they were like, "This is your time." I could hear all these comments. It's very encouraging and inspirational to stick with me even though things weren't going my way.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: To be honest with you, I can't really take advantage of them anymore. I wish I would have birdied the 11th hole, because I can reach that in two, but other than that the par 5s are playing really tricky, I think. Normally par 5s are my strength but here I am laying up. I got 100, 120 yards left and that's really my -- my distance advantage really doesn't give me any benefits here.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: I just think it's a three-shot hole. It's going to take a really big second shot to get over that bunker. It's uphill and I don't know if you have been in that bunker, but once you are in it, you can't see the pin, so it's just to me, really is not a really a benefit. It gets really narrow up there with the driver. Then you got a 40-yard bunker shot, no, I rather hit a wedge in and try to hit it close.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: I think patience at a different level, you know. I think I can. Like I said, I've got to step it up, be a little more aggressive but then I still got to be patient if I don't start making putts or if the bounces aren't going the way I wanted. You have to find a good combination of that and the aggressiveness.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: Tomorrow I will be chasing. I know what I have got to do. Like I said, there's nothing that's going to hold me back. I don't have to look behind me. All I need to do is look forward and hopefully that's going to be the key for me tomorrow.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: I think I probably putted the best the first day. Today my speed wasn't as good, but you know, I made some -- the second hole I made a good putt. One on the first hole, then one on 16 I made one. It's really kind of up-and-down; I make a few and miss a few.