In case you missed it — and judging by the number of posts Uni Watch gets on women’s professional golf, you did — Annika Sorenstam concluded her golfing career on Friday, after the second round of the LPGA ADT Championship at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. Sorenstam failed to make the cut in the last tournament of her storied career.
She is perhaps the greatest women’s golfer ever. It’s hard to argue with the final numbers: 72 LPGA victories and 17 more on other tours. The total of 89 is one more than the record 88 PGA events won by Kathy Whitworth. She won 10 majors and won 43 of 104 LPGA events between 2001 and 2005. But she failed to make the cut (for only the tenth time in her career) in her final tourney. And to add insult to injury, she was drug-tested afterwards. Thanks for playing.
Now, golfers don’t wear uniforms (unless they’re on a high school or college team or playing for their country), and while Annika’s outfits were always splendid, this “authentic” is my favorite (although that cap is atrocious). The “59” on her uniform denotes a 59 she shot in tourney play.
So now that Annika moves on to greener pastures (she wants to give the tour a break and start a family), who will take her place as the greatest golfer of her generation? Some candidates: Lorena Ochoa, Anna Rawson, Natalie Gulbis, Paula Creamer (a/k/a the “Pink Panther), or Christie Kerr. Or how about Christina Kim. Maybe no one will ever equal the talent and ability of Annika, but it will be fun to see them try. I know I’ll be (uni) watching.
“You’re playing golf and you’re going to like it.”
Notes & Quotes: • Got a “worst uni matchup” (simply defined as, the worst two attired teams playing each other, in any sport, for the preceding week)? Send it to me [phecken (at) yahoo.com] and make sure to include a pic of the game. I’ll run some of the
best worst submissions each weekend. •• Upset alert: Will Jevon Kearse need to find a clever way to display “11-0”? I don’t think so. ••• Don’t forget the “Canadian Super Bowl” (the Grey Cup) is tonight, you can watch it on Versus in the States. — Phil