Annika Sorenstam Has the Book on St. Andrews

As well as having a friendly rivalry, Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam are golf pals, which is why Tiger offered the former world’s No. 1 woman golfer his St. Andrews yardage book before her departure for Scotland.

“He said, ‘I have my yardage book. Do you want to use it?’” Sorenstam told the Associated Press on Wednesday. “I replied, ‘I would love to. Are you sure?’”

Not only does Sorenstam have good yardages and notes on St. Andrews, she also appears to have her game intact after opening rounds of 72 and 71. Annika is three under for the tournament and currently trails leader Lorena Ochoa by four shots. Three-time Women’s British Open champion (including last year’s winner) Sherri Steinhauer is tied with Sorenstam in fourth place. Wendy Ward and Catriona Matthew are currently second and third.

An Ochoa-Sorenstam showdown would be splendid theater for the women’s first major competition at the Old Course. No. 1 and former No. 1 trading shots down the stretch at the home of golf — now that would be fun to watch.

The Armchair Golfer

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