U.S. Women's Open

The last time the U.S. Women's Open was held in Minnesota, Roots ruled the tube, and Elvis was found dead on the can the same year. The tournament was a historic one for golf; it set a new record for total prize money for a women's golf event at $75,000. Thirty-one years later, the Open is back in Minnesota with a different kind of history being made. Annika Sorenstam, the retiring Swedish marvel who has dominated women's golf for the past 14 years, will play her final Open this year. Sorenstam, who has won 72 tournaments during her career, is playing so well this season that fans must be wondering what future impact she could have had on the LPGA's history books. So far in 2008, she has won three and finished in the top ten in eight of the eleven tournaments in which she has played. At Interlachen Country Club this weekend, Sorenstam will be looking for her fourth Open victory. She'll face strong competition from the tour's no. 1 player, Lorena Ochoa, who has six wins in ten tournaments this season, and rookie star Yani Tseng, who earned her first tour victory earlier this season. Regardless of Sorenstam's performance at the Open, it's one of the most important stops on her farewell tour. For tickets call 877.281.OPEN or visit www.uswomensopen.com.
June 26-29, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., 2008

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