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Annika Sorenstam

LPGA Great

Annika Srenstam, who started playing golf at the age of 12, enjoyed a very successful amateur career. She was a member of the Swedish National Team from 1987-92, was the World Amateur champion in 1992, runner-up at the 1992 U.S. Women's Amateur and was the second-low amateur at the U.S. Women's Open the same year. In addition to winning seven collegiate titles during her career at the University of Arizona, she was the 1991 College Player of the Year, NCAA champion in 1991 and runner-up the following year, 1992 PAC-10 champion and a 1991 and 1992 NCAA All-American. <br/ ><br/ >Prior to joining the LPGA Tour she competed on the WPG European Tour, where she was the 1993 Rookie of the Year. In 1995, Srenstam won Sweden's most prestigious award in sports -- the Athlete of the Year. In 1994 Srenstam was Rolex Rookie of the Year, becoming the second foreign player to win the honor. She is the only player besides Nancy Lopez to have won Rolex Rookie of the Year followed the next year (1995) by Rolex Player of the Year and Vare Trophy. <br/ ><br/ >In 1996 Srenstam successfully defended her 1995 title at the U.S. Women's Open, where she recorded four rounds of par or better, 70-67-69-66, and surpassed the $1 million mark in career earnings. She also won her second consecutive Vare Trophy for lowest season scoring average with 70.47. She won the 1997 Rolex Player of the Year Award for the second time in three years. For the third consecutive year, she finished the season in the top-three on the season money list. In 1998 she again won player of the year (for the third time in four seasons), and she won the Vare Trophy for scoring average by becoming the first woman to break 70.<br/ > <br/ >Srenstam's accomplishments have continued in the new millennium. The 2001 season turned out to be one of her finest, with eight victories en route to her fourth player of the year award. Perhaps her defining moment came in the second round of the Standard Register PING, when she shot a 59. <br/ >Success continued in 2002. Srenstam became only the second player to win 11 LPGA Tour events in one year - tying Mickey Wright, who did it in 1964. She also shattered the LPGA's scoring record and won a record $2,863,904. <br/ ><br/ >She again made history in 2003 when she accepted an invitation to play in the PGA TOUR's Bank of America Colonial. She shot 71-74 for a 145 total, missing the cut by four strokes. In August that same year, Srenstam captured the Weetabix Women's British Open with a 10-under 278 to complete the career grand slam.<br/ ><br/ >In October 2004, Annika released an instructional book called Golf Annika's Way. The book chronicles her career Grand Slam, becoming the only woman to shoot 59 in competition, competing on the PGA Tour in 2003, and other amazing accomplishments. Annika says the book is for everyone who wants to improve their game - with clear, easy-to-understand explanations and photos.


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