Pettersen is back
Monday, February 14, 2011
I sat in the press room eight days ago in Portland and listened to Suzann Pettersen talk about how “great” she played during the final round. Those four consecutive birdies on Nos. 9-12 were terrific. But the bogey-double bogey that followed wasn’t so hot. She squandered a three-shot lead with five to play at the Safeway Classic and lost in a playoff to M.J. Hur.
It’s tough to get the full story by simply reading Pettersen’s transcript from that interview. She said all the right things, but was not happy when she walked in that press room. I thought steam might come out of her ears, and while I sat there alone with her, waiting for the rest of the media to arrive, there was no small talk.
Pettersen, a self-described perfectionist, hadn’t won since 2007. Her patience was running thin.
I’m guessing the mood in the media room last night in Calgary was vastly different. Vindication came quickly.
“Yes, yes, yes. FINALLY!! I am back!!” Pettersen Twittered after her five-shot victory at the CN Canadian Women’s Open.
The win moved Pettersen to No. 2 on both the LPGA money list and Rolex rankings. No one would be surprised if she won again before the season ends.
Good to see one of the tour’s most athletic players back on track. If only we could get her to smile more . . .