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Annika Sorenstam

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Annika Sörenstam (help·info) (born October 9, 1970 near Stockholm, Sweden) is a professional golfer whose achievements rank her as one of the most successful female golfers in golf history. She has won 69 official LPGA tournaments including ten majors, 17 other tournaments internationally and tops the LPGA's career money list with earnings of over $20 million—$7 million ahead of her nearest rival.

The winner of eight Player of the Year awards (a record), and six Vare Trophys (given to the LPGA player with the lowest seasonal scoring average), she is the only female golfer to have shot a 59 in competition. She holds various all-time scoring records including the lowest season scoring average (68.6969 in 2004).

At this point in her career, Sörenstam says she lost focus having reached her biggest goals. Karrie Webb became the best LPGA Tour player but Sörenstam still managed to win more LPGA tournaments than any other Tour player during the 1990’s. She qualified for the World Golf Hall of Fame when she won the 2000 Welch's/Circle K Championship, but was not eligible for induction until finishing her tenth year on the LPGA tour in October 2003. Sörenstam was the first international player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame through the LPGA criteria.

At the end of that season Karrie Webb said she "would eat her hat" if Sörenstam repeated her eight wins in 2002. But Sörenstam did just that, joining Mickey Wright as the only players to win 11 LPGA tournaments in one season, earning her fifth Player of the Year title and fifth Vare Trophy. She successfully defended the Kraft Nabisco Championship, her fourth major victory and there were also victories in the ANZ Ladies Masters in Australia and Compaq Open in Sweden on the Ladies European Tour giving her 13 wins in 25 starts worldwide.

Sörenstam's dominance continued in 2004 with her seventh LPGA Player of the Year award tying Kathy Whitworth for the most in LPGA history. She posted 16 top-10 finishes in 18 LPGA starts, including eight wins, had two additional international wins, became the first player to reach $15 million in LPGA career earnings and took her own LPGA single-season scoring average record to 68.69696, but played too few rounds to win the Vare Trophy. The United States Sports Academy named her 2004 Female Athlete of the Year, the Women’s Sports Foundation gave her the 2004 Sportswoman of the Year Award and the Laureus World Sports Academy named her World Sportswoman of the Year. She also released a combination autobiography and golf instructional book, Golf Annika's Way.

After an early round defeat at the World Matchplay Championship, Sörenstam had a more successful time in Europe where she finsihed sixth at the Evian Masters, 16th at the Women's British Open and ninth in the Swedish tournament she hosts on the Ladies European Tour.

She is usually credited with 15 international victories, the 1994 ALPG win and the team event being excluded.

1998
- LPGA Tour Player of the Year (3)
- LPGA Tour Money Winner (3)
- LPGA Vare Trophy (3)
- Swedish Golfer of the Year (4)
- ESPY Awards Best Female Golfer (2)

2002
- Golf Writers Association of America Female Player of the Year (5)
- LPGA Tour Player of the Year (5)
- LPGA Tour Money Winner (5)
- LPGA Vare Trophy (4)
- LPGA Crowne Plaza Achievement Award (2)
- Swedish Golfer of the Year (6)
- ESPY Awards Best Female Golfer (4)
- LET Players' Player of the Year



 


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