It's that time of year! The start of the 2013 LPGA season is quickly approaching and each week throughout the year we will spotlight one LPGA player and provide an in depth look into her life - both on and off the course. Up next in the "This week is all about..." series is Maria Hjorth. Be sure to read the latest buzz about Hjorth.
by Stina Sternberg
Sweden's Maria Hjorth is a mom, a wife, a five-time winner on the LPGA Tour -- and a multitasker of the highest order
Q: Your daughter, Emily, is 2½, your husband, Shaun McBride, is a caddie on the PGA Tour, and you've won two LPGA Tour events in the past 10 months. How do you do it all?
A: It takes a lot of planning and communication. Shaun has an amazing boss in Bryce Molder, who lets him keep a somewhat flexible schedule. We try not to spend more than three weeks apart. Emily goes to daycare here in Orlando and on tour, because she usually travels with me. Being away from her is the toughest part for Shaun and me. More>>
Hjorth Takes the Title at Avnet LPGA Classic
Mobile, Alabama – Maria Hjorth’s 15-plus years of professional experience paid off on Sunday. Hjorth put together a final-round 67 to overtake the field and win the Avnet LPGA Classic.
Hjorth finished the 72 holes at the Magnolia Grove – Crossings Course at 10-under par 278. It was the fifth LPGA win for the 37-year old, who won the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship in 2010. Song-Hee Kim, who started the final round tied for the lead, closed with a 71 to finish alone in second place two shots behind Hjorth at 8-under par 280. Na Yeon Choi shot a 67 to finish at 281 and share third place with Suzann Pettersen, who finished with a 70. Stacy Lewis’s 69 put her at 282 while Lexi Thompson, who started the day tied for the lead with Kim and was bidding to become the youngest LPGA Tour winner in history skied to a 78 and wound up tied for 19th at 1-under par 287. More>>
Hjorth captures LPGA Tour Championship
by Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. – So much for a frantic finish at the LPGA Tour Championship. Only one person moved up the ranks this week to take home a trophy.
That was just fine for Maria Hjorth.
With every major award in play for the first time in a decade, all it took was a final-round 72 for Hjorth to claim a one-shot victory over Amy Yang and hold off a huge field that struggled to even make par. None of the annual honors, including player of the year and the No. 1 ranking, changed hands in the season finale.
“It was obvious other players had way more pressure on them,” Hjorth said. “So I think in that regard, it might have been a little easier on me.”
Sure seemed that way. More>>
Maria Hjorth: Golf Pro and Mom
Professional golfer Maria Hjorth is back on the LPGA circuit after having her first baby. Hjorth, who originally hails from Sweden, is ranked No. 34 on the tour and has earned more than $4 million since the start of her pro career in 1998.
She plays tournaments around the world, which means plenty of time on planes and in hotels and the need to balance life on the professional golf tour with raising her daughter.
So far she’s taken her family with her on tour when she can. Husband Shaun McBride and daughter Emily accompanied her to Mexico for her first tournament following Emily’s birth. He handled nighttime feedings so she could get the sleep she needed to play. More>>
Maria Hjorth ends Lorena Ochoa's LPGA winning streak
PRATTVILLE, Alabama - Maria Hjorth made a long birdie putt on the 17th hole and held on for her first LPGA Tour win since 1999 Sunday at the Navistar LPGA Classic, denying Lorena Ochoa's bid for a fourth consecutive victory.
Hjorth shot a final-day 5-under-par 67 for a 14-under 274 at Capitol Hill's Senator Course, passing both Ochoa and Stacy Prammanasudh.
The Swede drained the 20-plus foot putt from well into the fringe above the green on the par-5 17th to take sole possession of the lead for the first time while Prammanasudh made par and Ochoa moved within a stroke of the lead with her own birdie.
Prammanasudh finished one stroke back. More>>