Place of birth: Stockholm, Sweden
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LPGA Tour Victories:
• Kraft Nabisco Championship: 2001, 2002, 2005
• LPGA Championship: 2003, 2004, 2005
• U.S. Women's Open: 1995, 1996, 2006
• Women's British Open: 2003
Awards and Honors:
• Vare Trophy (low scoring average), 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2005
• LPGA Tour money leader, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
• LPGA Tour Player of the Year, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
• LPGA Rookie of the Year, 1994
• NCAA Player of the Year, 1991
• NCAA All-American, 1991, 1992
• Member, European Solheim Cup team, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007
Annika Sorenstam by the numbers
• Beth Daniel: "When she gets her game going, she's like a robot. She doesn't break down."
• Sorenstam and Mickey Wright are the only golfers to win 10 or more tournaments in two or more seasons on the LPGA Tour.
• Won five straight events in 2005, tying Nancy Lopez for longest LPGA winning streak.
• Holds the record for most Player of the Year awards (8) on the LPGA Tour.
• Sorenstam's sister, Charlotta, also played on the LPGA Tour.
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Annika Sorenstam Biography:
Sorenstam turned pro in 1993 and was Rookie of the Year on the Ladies European Tour. She moved up to the LPGA in 1994 and, although she didn't win on the LPGA, was Rookie of the Year there, too. (She did get her first pro win in 1994 at the Women's Australian Open.)
That first LPGA win finally came at the 1995 U.S. Women's Open, and Sorenstam took off on what might be the best career in LPGA history. From 1995 through 2006, Sorenstam won eight money titles and never finished lower than fourth on the money list. She won 69 tournaments and 10 majors in that span.
Sorenstam was one of the best players throughout the mid- to late-90s, winning three times in 1997, six in 1997, four in 1998, twice in 1999, and five times in 2000.
Then she rededicated herself to being the best, hitting the gym to add strength - and yards to her drives. She befriended Tiger Woods and picked up some of Woods' practice habits; she improved her chipping and putting.
Sorenstam's domination from 2001-2005 was complete: she was money leader, low scorer and Player of the Year every year. Her win totals included 11 in 2002 and 10 in 2005.
She became one of the longest hitters on the tour without losing any of her pinpoint accuracy. Along the way, she became much more comfortable in front of the cameras, her public demeanor becoming more confident, and won over many more fans.
At the 2003 Colonial, Sorenstam became the first woman since Babe Didrikson Zaharias to play on the PGA Tour. Sorenstam shot 71-75 and missed the cut, but earned plaudits for her play and the way she handled the publicity circus.
The instructional book Golf Annika's Way (compare prices) was released in 2004.
Sorenstam dominated the LPGA Tour again in 2005, but her play slipped in 2006 - with "only" three wins, she was surpassed by Lorena Ochoa at the top of the LPGA pecking order.
Sorenstam suffered a neck injury in 2007 that limited her schedule, and at the end of the year she had recorded only her second winless season on the LPGA.
By early 2008, however, Sorenstam was back, with three wins early in the season. However, on May 13, 2008, Sorenstam announced it would be her final season on the LPGA Tour, and she left competitive golf at the end of the year.