OAKMONT, Pa. – Terry McNamara counts Oakmont Country Club as his favorite venue. He said Annika Sorenstam felt the same. Unfortunately, the famed player/caddie duo never had the chance to play Oakmont together.
“This would’ve been a great course for Annika,” he said. “The way she controlled her trajectory. She was great at big-time putts.”
Sorenstam played Oakmont in the 1992 U.S. Open before turning pro and was the second-lowest amateur. McNamara worked that week for Tammie Green, who tied for ninth.
The course, of course, has changed significantly since then. Sorenstam is retired, and McNamara now works for In-Kyung Kim, who is coming off a playoff loss last week at the Farr. Kim has finished T-3 in the last two U.S. Women’s Opens, an impressive record for a three-time participant.
McNamara is quite impressed with Kim’s ball-striking as of late. If she had dropped a few more putts last week in Toledo, things might be different. Still, he counts Kim’s calm approach and advanced maturity as an advantage on this demanding track. Her accuracy allows them to play less defensively this week, which could be the difference.
“I think we’ll have a fun week,” McNamara said. “I think she has a chance.”