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Lopez aims for top-10 finishes in return to tour

Lopez aims for top-10 finishes in return to tour

Nancy Lopez knows she might not be able to win on the U.S. LPGA Tour as a 50-year-old, but that's not going to stop her from trying.
Lopez said she plans to play five or six events this year, starting with the $2.6 million (euro1.98 million) Ginn Open in Reunion, Florida, April 12-15.
She's played in only 11 tour events since 2002, and she hasn't had a top-10 finish since 1997.
"I know I have to get in real good shape to try to compete with the young girls, but I think I still have the mental capacity to go out there and play good golf," Lopez said Tuesday at a news conference before a University of Nebraska at Omaha women's athletics fundraiser. "Let's just see if I can make it in the hole a little faster than I have the last few years."
Lopez spent the past couple years working to improve her fitness and has lost more than 13 1/2 kilos (30 pounds).
She said she was inspired to come back after captaining the winning U.S. team in the 2005 Solheim Cup, which pits Europe's top women golfers against their American counterparts in a competition similar to the men's Ryder Cup.
"Watching Paula (Creamer) and Natalie (Gulbis) and all the young players hit the ball, I would sit there and say, 'I remember when I hit it just like that,'" Lopez said. "It just motivated me to think maybe I can do it one more time. Let's see what my body says."


Updated : 2021-10-22 02:42 GMT+08:00