This week on the LPGA Tour: Suzann Pettersen is back

Posted: June 8, 2015 1:21 am

In Friday’s second round of the Manulife LPGA Classic, Suzann Pettersen hit all 18 greens in regulation..

The next day, she hit 17 greens. That’s 35 birdie putts in 36 holes.

To borrow from Ki-Jana Carter, the former Penn State all-America RB, “That stuff don’t make no sense.”

Two other observations:

1. Whistle Bear G.C. in Ontario must be one of the easiest courses in the modern history of the LPGA Tour. (“Modern,” history because the tour’s earliest days included the kind of tracks where you hit tee shots off plastic mats.)

At 6,602 yards, Whistle Bear is actually one of the tour’s longer courses on the scorecard. It’s also where Inbee Park fashioned a final-round, 11 under-par 61 to win the Manulife a year ago. The 36-hole cut this year was at four under-par, the lowest in tour history.

Pettersen shot 22 under, and one by just one shot, pushed hard by Brittany Lang‘s Sunday 65.

2. Pettersen figures to be a factor in the huge stretch of the tour season forthcoming. A 34 year-old from Norway, she has won 15 tournaments and two majors in 13 years on tour, but, before Sunday, none since 2013.

The drought is largely due to swing changes she’s undergone while working with eminent guru Butch Harmon. Her golf last week suggests the changes are taking, or have taken, hold. If so, Pettersen is on the short list of best female players on the planet. She also the kind of player – strong, athletic and a ball-striker – that seems suited to the U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club.