This time final yr, Linn Grant was an newbie taking part in within the inaugural version of the Volvo Automotive Scandinavian Blended having been invited by Annika Sörenstam to compete.
Quick ahead to at present and the 22-year-old is an expert with two LET and two Sunshine Tour wins to her title this yr. The Swede will probably be teeing it up alongside Sörenstam for the primary two days at Halmstad Golf Membership.
Though she has met the Swedish famous person, Grant continues to be feeling nervous about taking part in with a legend of the sport.
“I suppose it will likely be fairly scary really. I’ve by no means seen her play and by no means performed together with her earlier than, I’ve met her a few instances. Will probably be attention-grabbing and I’m certain there will probably be lots of people watching.”
Grant sits third within the 2022 Race to Costa del Sol, having gained the Joburg Girls Open in March and she or he adopted that up with victory on the Mithra Belgian Girls 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 time.
“A loopy excessive rollercoaster – it has been actually wonderful! If somebody had advised me the day I turned professional that this was going to be my yr forward,” she continued.
“I’d take it and run most likely. It has been tremendous enjoyable to get to expertise all the pieces and are available out and begin on Tour and win.
“I believe I used to be a part of a bunch of ladies in Sweden who had been making ready for this for a few years now. We had completed a extremely good work with our coach, and we had the suitable again up for it and proper coaching.”
Progressive format on the Scandinavian Blended
The Volvo Automotive Scandinavian Blended is a co-sanctioned occasion between the LET and DP World Tour and it sees 78 males and 78 girls taking part in 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 discipline this week had been a part of Group Europe with Sörenstam alongside compatriot Linda Wessberg and Wales’ Becky Brewerton.
Grant has performed the course a couple of instances this week and admits it will likely be a troublesome check particularly if the climate comes into play.
She added: “I believe it’s fairly slim, it’s a bit scary. It appears to be like good. The fairways are fairly comfortable, however the greens are fairly agency, and I believe the wind may make it a bit difficult as a result of there are such a lot of bushes, and it swirls round a bit. I believe it will likely be a troublesome course.”
Northern Eire’s Jonathan Caldwell, who gained final yr’s match, returns this week as does England’s Alice Hewson, who was the best-placed feminine in 2021.
Ingrid Lindblad again on dwelling soil
Taking part in alongside Caldwell and Alex Noren is an thrilling addition to the sphere, Swedish newbie Ingrid Lindblad who catapulted herself into the limelight when she fired a gap spherical of 65 (-6) on the U.S. Girls’s Open final week – the bottom spherical by an newbie within the match’s historical past.
Rounds of 65-71-71-76 noticed the 22-year-old finish the competitors in a tie for 11th place having been in competition all week at Pine Needles.
This week’s occasion is made all of the sweeter by the actual fact the Swedish star lives just some kilometres away from the course and so will probably be staying at dwelling through the match.
“I’m tremendous excited to play at dwelling. I’ve simply come from the U.S. Open and I get to remain at dwelling and play a course that’s a few kilometres from the place I reside, it’ll be enjoyable.
“We have now lots of people taking part in golf right here, there are a whole lot of golf programs round. I like this place; it’s near the seashore, and I really feel like everybody is aware of one another – it’s a good space!”
Lindblad additionally bought to play the primary two days at Pine Needles alongside Annika Sörenstam. However having flown throughout the Atlantic and straight into one other match, the LSU junior hasn’t had time to digest what occurred final week:
“I really feel like loads occurred final week and it nonetheless hasn’t soaked in but. Final week was actually enjoyable, I flew into Copenhagen yesterday and got here to select up my credentials and I couldn’t get to the workplace earlier than somebody stopped me to speak. It has been type of busy, however it has been enjoyable!
“It was actually cool to have the bottom spherical by an newbie in historical past. It was enjoyable to play together with her and we had fun. I nonetheless don’t actually imagine it, I bought into scoring and was like ‘woah, that’s cool!’.
“I deliver to this match that it’s doable to play good on the U.S. Girls’s Open. It’s type of wonderful as a result of I putted actually good and on these greens it’s one thing particular after which to play at dwelling the week after feels good.
“I don’t know who’s coming to look at! I do know my mother and father and a few neighbours and mates, however you might have simply bought to remain in your personal zone. You’ll be able to’t focus an excessive amount of on who’s there and who just isn’t.”
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 Girls’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 looking for additional success.
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