This time final 12 months, Linn Grant was an beginner enjoying within the inaugural version of the Volvo Automobile Scandinavian Combined having been invited by Annika Sörenstam to compete.
Quick ahead to now and the 22-year-old is knowledgeable with two LET wins to her identify and might be teeing it up alongside Sörenstam for the primary two days at Halmstad Golf Membership.
And regardless of having met the Swedish celebrity, Grant remains to be feeling nervous about enjoying with a legend of the sport.
“I suppose it is going to be fairly scary really,” she stated. “I’ve by no means seen her play and by no means performed along with her earlier than, I’ve met her a few occasions. It is going to be attention-grabbing and I’m certain there might be lots of people watching.”
Grant sits third within the 2022 Race to Costa del Sol, having received the Joburg Women Open in March and she or he adopted that up with victory on the Mithra Belgian Women Open simply a few weeks in the past.
And the previous Arizona State College participant can’t fairly imagine what has occurred since she turned skilled final summer season.
“A loopy excessive rollercoaster – it has been actually wonderful! If somebody had instructed me the day I turned professional that this was going to be my 12 months forward,” she continued.
“I’d take it and run in all probability. It has been tremendous enjoyable to get to expertise all the things and are available out and begin on Tour and win.
“I feel I used to be a part of a gaggle of ladies in Sweden who had been getting ready for this for a few years now. We had executed a extremely good work with our coach, and we had the fitting again up for it and proper coaching.”
The Volvo Automobile Scandinavian Combined is a co-sanctioned occasion between the LET and DP World Tour and it sees 78 males and 78 ladies enjoying for a similar prize fund of US $2 million and one trophy with Henrik Stenson and Sörenstam as hosts.
Halmstad Golf Membership performed host to the 2007 Solheim Cup and three gamers within the subject this week have been a part of Crew Europe with Sörenstam alongside compatriot Linda Wessberg and Wales’ Becky Brewerton.
Grant has performed the course a number of occasions this week and admits it is going to be a tricky check particularly if the climate comes into play.
She added: “I feel it’s fairly slim, it’s a bit scary. It seems to be good. The fairways are fairly tender, however the greens are fairly agency, and I feel the wind might make it a bit tough as a result of there are such a lot of timber, and it swirls round a bit. I feel it is going to be a tricky course.”
After her victory in Belgium, the two-time LET winner took every week off and spent a while again dwelling earlier than the Volvo Automobile Scandinavian Combined.
And regardless of the win nonetheless being recent in her thoughts, Grant acknowledges that golf is a course of, and she or he remains to be looking for her swing for the week forward.
“Despite the fact that I received two weeks in the past, I feel golf is all the time altering and I’ve been on the vary and the swing ideas I had a few weeks in the past are gone, which is gloomy,” she defined.
“It’s virtually like you must discover one thing new and I haven’t discovered it but, so I’ll go to the vary and attempt to discover it earlier than tomorrow.”
Northern Eire’s Jonathan Caldwell, who received final 12 months’s event, returns this week as does England’s Alice Hewson, who was the best-placed feminine in 2021.
The highest 9 within the 2022 Race to Costa del Sol are in attendance together with primary and two Maja Stark and Johanna Gustavsson.
Two-time LET winner Pia Babnik, who’s quantity 42 within the Rolex Ladies’s World Golf Rankings, tees it up as do seven LET winners from 2022 with Lee-Anne Tempo, Grant, Meghan MacLaren, Stark, Ana Peláez, Manon De Roey and Tiia Koivisto all trying to find additional success.
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