Annika Sorenstam hopes to be healthy by June to defend US Open title

Released on = April 26, 2007, 12:03 pm

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Press Release Summary = Annika Sorenstam hopes to win her fourth U.S. Open title.
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Annika Sorenstam\'s off-course activities are growing these days, but competition
remains a priority for the 36-year-old golfer, who said yesterday she hopes to be
healthy enough by June to defend her U.S. Women\'s Open title.

Sorenstam, who has been off the LPGA Tour with a back injury since the beginning of
April, would be going for her fourth U.S. Open, held this year at Pine Needles in
Southern Pines, N.C, June 25-July 1. Sorenstam won her second U.S. Open at Pine
Needles in 1996.

\"Pine Needles has a special place in my heart for several reasons,\" Sorenstam told
reporters yesterday. \"I love that whole area . and I love coming back.\"

Sorenstam will out be out at least another three weeks with the bulging disk in her
back and ruptured disk in her neck that forced the golfer to withdraw from the Ginn
Open in Florida earlier this month. Doctors told Sorenstam last week that she had
improved by around 50-60 percent, she said in a conference call during the U.S.
Open\'s media day, as reported by the Associated Press (AP).

This will be Pine Needles\' third time hosting the U.S. Open, and if Sorenstam makes
it to the event, she\'ll be playing a redesigned course with an additional 400 yards.

The extension affects four holes, with No. 15, at an additional 125 yards that
bumped it to a par 5, coming out the most different, said Mike Davis, the USGA\'s
senior director of rules and competition, as reported by the AP.

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April 25, 2007
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