Eight-time LPGA Tour winner and two-time major champion Anna Nordqvist joined “A New Breed of Golf” today, a SiriusXM PGA TOUR radio show hosted by Michael Breed. The Swede discussed a variety of topics including her personal goals during this time away from competition, her attempts to stay busy and her hopes for getting back on the course.
“Being healthy has been a big goal of mine for the last couple years,” said Nordqvist. “I got mono the summer of 2017 and it has been a really rough stretch since. I probably should have taken time off when it happened. It has been hard not to have the same energy level. This offseason, I worked with a trainer and he’s helped me to gain strength and some athletic ability back. It has basically been nonstop since I left school in 2008 so as much as I want to play, this has been great for my health and to not have much stress. I’m embracing this break and [to] come out stronger is an important goal of mine.”
Breed also asked the Arizona State University alumna about her 2019 Tour season, which Nordqvist analyzed and talked about some of her work with Drew Steckel. She even added a fun tidbit about a spur-of-the-moment purchase that contributed to the list of good things going on in her life.
“My ball striking was good and he [Drew] really helped with consistency because in ’17 and ’18, I was hitting it basically everywhere,” Nordqvist said. “He’s been a good influence and I really started to feel like myself again. I didn’t putt very well in ’19 and making a few more putts throughout the year would have made a tremendous difference in results. It was a great year and I had thought about moving back to Arizona for a very long time. So I decided to go house shopping the week of our Phoenix event and sure enough, shortly after I owned a house. Deciding to move cross country in the middle of the season may not have been the best thing for my golf, but long-term it was the best decision for me.”