Anna Nordqvist is playing in Saudi Arabia, and she’s determined to learn Arabic

Photo Anna Nordqvist is at the Saudi Ladies International — a golf tournament in a Riyadh suburb — to showcase her growing collection of majors trophies. Nordqvist is well known for winning six majors,…

Anna Nordqvist is playing in Saudi Arabia, and she’s determined to learn Arabic

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Anna Nordqvist is at the Saudi Ladies International — a golf tournament in a Riyadh suburb — to showcase her growing collection of majors trophies.

Nordqvist is well known for winning six majors, but she’s won as much as she’s missed. She has been world No. 1, but has seen her ranking drop to 67th in the world. She has lived in England, Spain, Sweden, and the United States, before settling in Florida recently. And, though she is now based in Florida, she still maintains a home in Sweden. She competes on a near-identical international schedule to her pre-major years and shares a similar pre-tournament routine as when she was world No. 1.

When she’s asked about the changes in her lifestyle — traveling constantly, cheering for the team that her boyfriend plays for, not focusing on traveling alone — she resists the self-criticism.

“We have a lot of friends and family in Sweden, so I’m home a lot,” she said. “Sometimes people here say, ‘Oh, your life is so much easier than people in Sweden.’ I feel that I have a support system when I need it, and that I keep traveling a lot more than I would like to. I feel that it’s a lot of luck.”

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