Newport was a winning venue 

July, 3, 2006
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NEWPORT, R.I. -- After four rounds and an additional Monday playoff here at the 61st U.S. Women's Open, I'm convinced of two things: (1) Annika Sorenstam is still the top player in the world; and (2) You couldn't ask for a better setting for a major championship than this picturesque seaside town on the coast of Rhode Island.

I'll admit I didn't know much about Newport Country Club before making the trek this week -- only that it hosted the first-ever USGA championship in 1895 and hasn't held an event of much stature since the 1995 U.S. Amateur -- but I was enamored with the old-style links course upon first glimpse.

With blustery winds blowing in from the ocean and tall, fescue-like grass outside of the primary cut of rough, the venue had the feel of a British Open rather than a U.S.-based tournament, a motion many players seconded in giving their blessings on the course.


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Golf Editor, ESPN.com
Jason Sobel, who joined ESPN in 1997, earned four Sports Emmy awards as a member of ESPN's Studio Production department. He became ESPN.com's golf editor in July 2004.

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