Sorenstam's father-in-law frets about 2 minutes of terror

Annika Sorenstam (left) is married to Jerry McGee's son, Mike (right).
Annika Sorenstam (left) is married to Jerry McGee's son, Mike (right). ( Getty Images )

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

DUBLIN, Ohio – Jerry McGee won four times on the PGA Tour. He played on a Ryder Cup team. He has competed most of his 70-plus years. Yet on Tuesday he sounded more nervous than a cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

"I've never been more nervous," McGee said at Muirfield Village Golf Club, where the Memorial Tournament starts Thursday. "I wasn't this nervous when I hit my first shot in the Ryder Cup (1977)."

The reason for his anxiety? He has to spend two minutes introducing his daughter-in-law, Annika Sorenstam, when she is feted as Memorial Tournament honoree at a 3 p.m. Wednesday ceremony.

"How do you do that in two minutes?" said McGee, whose son Mike is married to Sorenstam. "I don't know how you do it. So I'll just rely on some personal memories."

McGee said he hasn't slept well for weeks because he has been thinking about the short speech. He wasn't kidding. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.