Annika Sorenstam

Annika-Sorenstam

Born: October 9th, 1970 in Bro, Sweden
Nationality: Swedish
Famous For: Having been victorious in 90 international competitions
Awards: LPGA Rookie of the Year, LET Rookie of the Year, ESPY Best Female Golfer, LPGA Player of the Year, World Golf Hall of Fame, Francis Ouimet Award, Bob Jones Award, AP Female Athlete of the Year, LPGA Tour Money Winner

Annika Sorenstam is a Swedish professional golfer who has won 90 international tournaments, thus making her the female golfer with the most wins to her name. Known as the golf’s greatest female player, Annika dominated the game during her era.

Life

Annika Sorenstam was born in Stockholm in 1970 to a sports enthusiast parents. Her father Tom worked as an executive at IBM and her mother Gunilla worked in a bank. She has one younger sister who is also a professional golfer, and is currently coaching at her sister’s academy. Annika was a well-rounded athlete and took interest in tennis and football. She became a nationally ranked junior tennis player. Annika was also excellent at skiing.

Until Annika was twelve, she did not take up golf. The biggest reason being that Sweden’s weather does not support the game. However, the sport soon became her number one passion and she made efforts to pursue a career in golf. She got a scholarship to play at the University of Arizona. During her first year, she was the first non-American to win the individual NCAA championship. She later began her professional career on the Ladies European Tour.

Career

Annika Sorenstam picked up the game very quickly and soon found the winning way. As a student at University of Arizona, she became a two time All-American selection and also the co-player of the year. She followed this up with an NCAA championship in 1991 and World Amateur Championship in 1992.

Sorenstam became pro in 1993 and grabbed the distinction of being the rookie of the year on Ladies European Tour. In 1994, she became part of the LPGA circuit and had her first pro win in 1994 in the Australian Open. Her first LPGA win came in the following year, in the US Women’s Open. From there Sorenstam never looked back and she went on to become what many people today reckon as the best women golfer of all time. Between 1995 and 2006, Annika won eight money titles. During this span she won a total of 69 tournaments, including 10 majors.

Annika continuously evolved her game despite reaching the pinnacle. She also worked on physical strength to add a few yards to her drives. She was one of the longest hitter of the golf ball on the circuit. She also did this with extraordinary precision.

From 2001 to 2005, Annika dominated the Women golfing arena completely. She was the money leader for each of these years. She was also the player of the year for these five consecutive years. However, from 2006 onwards Annika’s performance started to decline. She suffered a neck injury in 2007 which affected her performance in the season, which turned out to be a winless season for her. She jumped back in 2008 with her winning ways by winning three titles early in the season, but she announced that it would be her last season as a professional golfer.