It’s been three months since Anna Nordqvist has competed in a full competitive tournament on the LPGA Tour.
In a span of six weeks from the first round of the Quicken Loans National in June to a soggy conclusion at the Safeway Classic, Nordqvist couldn’t make a move up the LPGA’s rankings. The shake-up came on the strength of her five LPGA majors — the last coming in 2014 — and her equal-best 11 top-10 finishes on the season.
Playing 14 events this season, she collected a pair of runner-up finishes.
Next, Nordqvist is scheduled to tee it up in Saudi Arabia this week at the inaugural Saudi Ladies International. She hasn’t changed her schedule, nor has she altered her mindset for her debut in the swingback.
“This is the season you want to peak, especially on the tour,” Nordqvist said earlier this week. “You want to go out there and perform well. But I’m excited. I can see big improvements for the future. I’m so, so excited to be back and just try to play as well as I can and be as consistent as I can.”
Nordqvist, ranked 34th in the world, described the Saudi tournament as “pretty special.”
“I grew up dreaming of going there and playing golf,” she said. “I mean, there are lots of LPGA tournaments … It’s unbelievable.”
Nordqvist was surprised to hear that her name was on the list of 47 players competing.
“It’s crazy,” she said. “I played under 100. I’m in 100. I heard that my phone’s not going to stop. I don’t think it even went over 100. But …
“I’m going to try to have fun. I’m excited. We’re going to go out there and have some fun. There are going to be a few tears and stuff. I will actually be super tired tomorrow, because it’s going to be really, really, really long. I won’t know how I’m doing with my body. I really don’t know yet.”
Nordqvist will tee it up at 6:30 a.m. Friday with Gerina Piller and Lorena Ochoa.