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U.S. Women's Open playoff hole-by-hole

7/3/2006 - Golf

After finishing 72 holes deadlocked at even-par 284, Annika Sorenstam shot a 1 under par 70 in an 18-hole playoff with Pat Hurst to claim her third U.S. Women's Open title.

Sorenstam's win was her first at the Open since 1996 at Pine Needles -- the second-longest drought ever for a Women's Open champ (Meg Mallon waited 13 years between her 1991 title at Colonial and the 2004 crown at The Orchards). Sorenstam also won the 1995 Open at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Here is a hole-by-hole account of the playoff:

Hole 18: Fittingly, Sorenstam's drive was right down the middle. Hurst made a huge 50-foot birdie putt -- her first birdie of the day -- but all she could do is smile and watch as Sorenstam two-putted from 25 feet to clinch it.
Sorenstam -1; Hurst +3

Hole 17: Sorenstam's 6-iron hit on the left side of the green but bounced straight toward the hole. Hurst, meanwhile, came up short. Didn't matter ... both settled for par.
Sorenstam -1; Hurst +4

Hole 16: Hurst tapped in a for a par, matching Sorenstam. But at this point, matching Sorenstam does Hurst no good.
Sorenstam -1; Hurst +4

Hole 15: Hurst hits her second shot inside of Sorenstam, but it doesn't matter. Sorenstam two-putts, which is fine for her. Hurst two-putts, which is a blown opportunity. And there aren't many left.
Sorenstam -1; Hurst +4

Hole 14: Two routine pars and one less hole left for Hurst to rally on. Just keeping the tee isn't enough at this point.
Sorenstam -1; Hurst +4

Hole 13: Sorenstam's tee shot on the par 3 teeters on the edge of the bunker, leaving her with an awkward stance. Her chip rolls 20 feet past. Hurst was short with her tee shot and -- knowing Sorenstam was likely to make bogey -- tried to hole her chip, sliding it four feet past. Sorenstam made bogey; Hurst saved par to win her first hole (though she remains five shots back).
Sorenstam -1; Hurst +4

Hole 12: Sorenstam extends her lead with a 12-foot birdie putt. Hurst also had a legitimate birdie opportunity, but it slid by the cup and she settled for another par -- good at most Opens, but not at this point in the playoff.
Sorenstam -2; Hurst +4

Hole 11: Two more pars as the holes begin to run out on Hurst.
Sorenstam -1; Hurst +4

Hole 10: Hurst's driver betrays her again. She hits it well right into the long fescue and hacks it out to the primary cut of rough. Sorenstam, meanwhile, hits the center of the fairway and lays up. Both, however, settle for par.
Sorenstam -1; Hurst +4

Hole 9: Hurst missed the green short and left. Faced with a severe slope, she chipped to 10 feet and missed the putt for her fourth bogey in nine holes. Sorenstam's par gives her a five-shot lead.
Sorenstam -1; Hurst +4

Hole 8: Two more pars. Lead remains 4 heading to another long par-4.
Sorenstam -1; Hurst +3

Hole 7: Another pair of pars helps Sorenstam retain a four-stroke lead heading to two tough par-4s to end the front nine.
Sorenstam -1; Hurst +3

Hole 6: After Sorenstam lags a long par putt to within two feet, Hurst runs her par putt two feet past the hole, then lips out the bogey putt coming back. Annika finally drops a stroke, but picks up a shot in what is essentially match play format.
Sorenstam -1; Hurst +3

Hole 5: Each player uses the slope on the right side of the green, hitting tee shots that funnel towards the hole, which is in a back-middle position. But neither can convert the birdie putt, so it's two more pars.
Sorenstam -2; Hurst +1

Hole 4: The first of two consecutive par-3 holes yields a pair of uninspiring pars. One gets the feeling that Sorenstam would love to make 14 more pars and walk away with the trophy.
Sorenstam -2; Hurst +1

Hole 3: Uh-oh, this could get ugly in a hurry. Sorenstam makes another birdie on the difficult par-4 (No. 3 was the second-toughest hole during regulation play) and while Hurst counters with par, she falls three shots back through three holes.
Sorenstam -2; Hurst +1

Hole 2: Despite pulling her tee shot a bit, Sorenstam recovers on the short par-4 to make a solid par. Hurst takes an aggressive line with her birdie putt, but saves par coming back as well.
Sorenstam -1; Hurst +1

Hole 1: Sorenstam hits a dart to within 10 feet of the pin and sinks the birdie putt. Meanwhile, Hurst leaves her approach shot short of the green, then chips on and two-putts for bogey.
Sorenstam -1; Hurst +1