The telegraph

The official breathes a sigh of relief when Annika Sorenstam makes the cut

It’s fair to say that nobody was happier than Dan Maselli at Lake Nona, that Annika Sorenstam made the cut on her first professional start in 13 years. Maybe not even the remarkable Swede herself. Maselli, a Tour Rules official, had a nervous couple of hours on Friday as the Gainbridge LPGA tournament waited to see if 50-year-old Sorenstam was two-over enough had done to qualify for the weekend. Tiger Woods made one of the biggest comebacks – can he do it again? Eventually it was confirmed that the 10-time major winner had been scratched from a gunshot. And Maselli breathed a sigh of relief. If she had missed it that close, Maselli would have stepped into golf folklore as a referee, the wrong decision of which had stopped history. On Thursday, Maselli, who is also a teacher, informed Sorenstam on the fifth that she could not open an unlocked gate to play her next shot. Instead, he said she had to drop a penalty two club lengths away, which Sorenstam did on the way to a double bogey seven. Unknown to Maselli, however, the rule had changed in 2019 – she could have opened the gate and had an attitude to play without penalty. Maselli was informed of his mistake on Friday morning and was dismayed, especially when his colleagues confirmed they couldn’t take the penalty kick from Sorenstam’s score. “The option to overturn the penalty is not available under the rules of golf,” said a statement from the Ladies Professional Golf Association. “The official met the player immediately after her second round to explain the mistake and apologize.” After her brilliant 71 in the second round, Sorenstam showed how exhaustingly Maselli apologized. “He told me, ‘This is going to hurt me – it’s eating me inside,'” Sorenstam said. I said, ‘Please, please don’t feel like this’. He replied, “I appreciate it and will not make this mistake again.” And then I said, “Well, I won’t meet there again.” You know these things happen. The rules have changed. That’s how it goes. “Well, obviously it shouldn’t go that way when it comes to a paid rules officer, and Maselli was lucky enough to have Sorenstam got the bizarre scenario. The fact that she was on her first Competitive event since retiring in 2008 had left 45 of the best players behind – including number 2 in the world, Danielle Kang, and Englishwoman Melissa Reid – had been a break of 4,479 days. “I was planning on taking Ava to volleyball tomorrow but someone else has to take them, “said Sorenstam.” No, jokes aside, it’s just a bonus. It really is. A lot of energy was put into these two days so hopefully a good night’s sleep and see what’s in The third round happened. ”Sorenstam’s laid-back personality was that she stayed true to her strong statement before the tournament began that“ this is not a comeback. ”Sorenstam only entered because she lives and works on Lake Nona nd is thinking of playing in the US Senior Women’s Open in late July. But regardless of her long-term intentions, Sorenstam has at least had a joyful trip down the Memory Fairway, with her many admirers posting a statistic in particular. This extended their official cuts to 50 and this is the longest active series of cuts on the LPGA Tour. Sorenstam only missed 10 cuts in her 308 career starts. The last one was in May 2006 when it was voted # 1. The current number 1 in the world, Jin Young Ko, is next on the charts at 35 with consecutive cuts. Only Tiger Woods of this generation can keep up with Sorenstam in the all-time statistics and as a close friend of the 45-year-old she will be satisfied with the news published on Friday evening. Woods was moved from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to “continue orthopedic care and recovery,” hospital officials said. A nightly post on Wood’s Twitter account stated, “Tiger received follow-up procedures for his injuries this morning. The procedures were successful and he is now recovering and in good spirits. “Woods shattered the tibia and fibula bones of his right lower leg in several places after he crashed his car in LA on Tuesday. It is estimated that it will be a week before he can return to his Florida home.