I am a new face on here. My name is Anna Nordqvist, and I am excited to start blogging about my life as a professional golfer on the LPGA Tour! I hope to share my experiences on and off the course and make you all part of my journey this year.
I am just about to start my sixth year on tour. I was a rookie in 2009 and time flies!
I grew up in Sweden before coming to the U.S. in 2006 to attend Arizona State University. I now base myself in Orlando, Fla., and after so many years in the U.S. I would say I now consider this to be “home.” I could never have dreamt about the adventure I was getting myself into when I brought my golf bag and two suitcases and moved 5,000 miles from home after high school.
I am now on my way to Melbourne, Australia, to start the 2014 season down under at the Australian Open. This time around we play three weeks in a row -- Australia, Thailand and Singapore. I played my last event in Taiwan in mid-December last year, so I am very keen to get back at it and get in competition mode again. As much as I love to practice, nothing beats seeing all the hard work pay off on the course.
We travel a lot on the LPGA Tour. It can be tough being all over the place, but I consider myself lucky to get the opportunity to travel the world for a living. Most of the time we only see the airports, the hotel, the golf course and the way between them, but I try to explore the countries as much as I can.
Melbourne is probably my favorite city in the world, so I have been excited for this trip since last year when I found out we were going back there. It is a 15-hour flight from LA, but the food is great, the people are so genuine and nice and the city has a great atmosphere.
I spent the last month and a half preparing, practicing and working out at home in Florida. It has been a very cold winter this year, reminding me of all those days during the winters in Sweden growing up when I put on four or five layers of clothes to go outside in 20 degrees and snow to practice. The weather has never been an advantage for Swedes, although we have so many good golfers despite only a six-seven month season. I guess you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.
I love sports more than anything. I didn’t start playing golf until I was 13 but probably played or tried every other sport up to that point. I love playing tennis on my days off, watching sports or heading out paddleboarding.
With the Olympics going on in Russia at the moment, I will try to watch as much as possible. It is so inspiring watching other athletes compete at the highest level, plus it gives me motivation now that golf has been added to the Olympics and I have a chance to play in Rio in 2016!
Sweden has many great skiers competing in Russia, not to mention our hockey team. My caddie is Canadian and I would really like to see my fellow Swedes take down the Canadians! I already told him he can’t wear any red or white on the course for the next couple of weeks.
I look forward to sharing my experiences from these couple of weeks when I get back. Until then -- Go Sweden!