HALL OF FAME FACT
With 11 wins in 2002, Annika Sorenstam tied Hall of Fame member Mickey Wright for the LPGA single-season victory record.
U.S. Women's Open: 1995, 1996, 2006
Nabisco Championship: 2001, 2002, 2005
LPGA Championship: 2003, 2004, 2005
Women's British Open: 2003
Other Significant Victories:
LPGA Tour: 62
1995: GHP Heartland Classic, Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf
1996: CoreStates Betsy King Classic, Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf
1997: Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Champions, Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open, Longs Drugs Challenge, Michelob Light Classic, CoreStates Betsy King Classic, ITT LPGA Tour Championship
1998: Michelob Light Classic, ShopRite LPGA Classic, JAL Big Apple Classic, SAFECO Classic
1999: Michelob Light Classic, New Albany Golf Classic
2000: Welch's/Circle K Championship, Firstar LPGA Classic in conjunction with the Children's Medical Center, Evian Masters, Jamie Farr Kroger Classic, Japan Airlines Big Apple Classic
2001: Welch's/Circle K Championship, Standard Register PING, The Office Depot Hosted by Amy Alcott, Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez, Bank of Montreal Canadian Women's Open, CISCO World Ladies Match Play Championship, Mizuno Classic
2002: LPGA Takefuji Classic, Aerus Electrolux USA Championship Hosted by Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Kellogg-Keebler Classic, Evian Masters, ShopRite LPGA Classic, Williams Championship, Safeway Classic, Samsung World Championship, Mizuno Classic, ADT Championship
2003: The Office Depot Championship Hosted by Amy Alcott, Kellogg-Keebler Classic, Safeway Classic Presented by Pepsi, Mizuno Classic
2004: Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola, Office Depot Championship Hosted by Amy Alcott, LPGA Corning Classic, John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic presented by Ford, Samsung World Championship, Mizuno Classic, ADT Championship
2005: Mastercard Classic honoring Alejo Peralta, Safeway International presented by Coca-Cola, Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez, ShopRite LPGA Classic, John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic, Samsung World Championship, Mizuno Classic, ADT Championship
2006: MasterCard Classic Honoring Alejo Peralta, State Farm Classic
2008: SBS Open, Stanford International Pro-Am, Michelob Ultra Open
Other Ladies European Tour Wins: 14
1995: OVB Damen Open, Hennessy Cup
1996: Trygg Hansa Open
1997: Compaq OPen
1998: Compaq Open
2002: ANZ Masters, Compaq Open
2004: ANZ Ladies Masters, HP Open
2005: Scandinavian TPC Hosted by Annika
2006: Scandinavian TPC Hosted by Annika, Dubai Ladies Masters
2007: Dubai Ladies Masters
2008: Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open
1997: JCPenny/LPGA Skins Game
2001: Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (with Dottie Pepper and Karrie Webb)
2006: Women's World Cup of Golf (with Liselotte Neumann) for Team Sweden
Rookie of the Year: 1994
Player of the Year:1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Vare Trophy: 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002 2005
Solheim Cup: 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005
Patty Berg Award: 2003
Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year Award: 2003, 2004, 2005
Outstanding Women's Golf Performer of the Year ESPY Award: 1996,1998,1999,2002,2003,2004
Female Athlete of the Year ESPY Award: 2005, 2006
World Golf Hall of Fame Profile: Annika Sorenstam
In a career where she became legendary for her consistent dominance, where she won 72 LPGA events and positioned herself as one of the greatest female players of all time, the defining moment of Annika Sorenstam's career might have been a week where she missed the cut.
When she teed it up at the Bank of America Colonial in May of 2003, Sorenstam faced a shot that World Golf Hall of Fame member Dan Jenkins said may have had more pressure on it than any other in golf history. She was the first woman to appear in a PGA TOUR event since Hall of Famer Babe Zaharias did it in 1945.
The media scrutiny on Sorenstam that week was unlike anything she - or many others in the sport - had ever seen. There was a backlash to her accepting the tournament's sponsor's exemption. Some called it a publicity stunt and a sideshow.
The attention and coverage transcended sports. The world was watching as she teed it up against the men of the PGA TOUR, the best players in the world. And like so many other times in her career, Sorenstam responded with the force of will and consistent shot-making that drove her to so many LPGA wins.
She was nearly flawless tee-to-green in her first round, but could not convert her many birdie opportunities on the way to a 71. She ended up missing the cut, but the world did not miss the point: Sorenstam made believers out of everyone with her steely nerves and class in handling such a uniquely difficult situation.
"Anyone who watched her has a deeper appreciation of women's golf," said LPGA Tour player Lorie Kane.
By the force of her talent and need to test herself, the naturally shy Swede had come a long way from intentionally finishing second in junior tournaments to avoid giving an acceptance speech. In the end, Sorenstam's fanatical competitiveness eclipsed her wish to avoid the spotlight.
Sorenstam came to America to attend the University of Arizona, a decision she calls the turning point of her life. She won the 1991 NCAA individual title and after turning professional, was voted rookie of the year in Europe and then on the LPGA. Sorenstam announced to the golf world that she was could be a historic player when she won back-to-back U.S. Women's Open titles in 1995 and 1996.
But she did not rest. Sorenstam began work on a physical regimen that would revolutionize the women's game. In an effort to increase her driving distance and become a more powerful player, Sorenstam began a five-day-a-week program with a personal trainer. Stories of her workouts, including push-ups with 50 pounds strapped to her back, became the stuff of legend.
And it worked. From ranking 26th on the LPGA Tour in driving distance with an average of 252 yards in 2000, Sorenstam improved to first in 2003 with an average of 272, while still hitting better than 80 percent of fairways.
From 2001-05, Sorenstam went on a historic run. She dominated the women's game, winning 43 times and finishing in the top three nearly 70 percent of the time. In 2001, she became the first woman to break the 60 barrier, firing a 13-under 59 in the second round of the Standard Register PING. It remains the lowest round in LPGA history, and the scorecard is still displayed in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Despite winning three more times in 1998, Sorenstam, just 37 and third on the LPGA's all-time victory list, abruptly retired from the game. Her focus was had changed to interests outside the ropes, like starting a family. She also began building the Annika brand. In true Sorenstam fashion, her empire now includes a golf academy in Orlando, a charitable foundation, a winery, a clothing line, golf course design, a financial group, and regular appearances on Golf Channel broadcasts.
Despite no longer dominating on the course, her celebrity endures. And the launching pad was one of the rare events she didn't win; teeing it up at the Colonial elevated Sorenstam from LPGA superstar to global personality.
"Colonial was my mission," Sorenstam said after she announced her retirement. "It was my path, my journey and I felt like people accepted that, 'Hey she's an athlete, and she wants to get better.' I've always let my clubs do the talking. And I felt like people accepted me for that."