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11 Wins for the Season By Sorenstam…Great Record in 38 Years

11 Wins for the Season By Sorenstam…Great Record in 38 Years

Posted November. 25, 2002 23:05,   


Anika Sorenstam called `The Iron Woman` (32. Sweden) finished the splendid season with the 11th championship trophy.

It was the last LPGA Tour match of the season, the ADT Championship (1 million-dollar total prize money) held at the Trump International Golf Club (Par 72) in West Palm Beach, Florida on the 25th. The world`s best Sorenstam reduced 4 shots at the last day and recorded the final total of 13 under-par, and win the championship come from behind over the leader of the other day Rachel Teskey (Australia). Therefore, Sorenstam achieved great work of 11 wins in a season in 38 years since Mickey Wright of 1964 and added 215,000 dollars to her prize money total, so she broke the 11 million-dollar line for the first time as a female golfer along with 42 wins in 9 seasons.

And she recorded average shots of the season 68.70, so she broke her record of 69.42 of last season. The Money Queen title, Bear Trophy (least average shots award), and Player of the Year are, of course, for Sorenstam.

If she adds the Australian Ladies` Masters and Compaq Sweden Open titles to her 11 wins of the US tour, she won more than half of the events that she participated, 13 out of 25. She took 9 wins last season and pass the 2 million-dollar prize money of the season for the first time in the history of women`s golf, so she scampered the two consecutive top years.

After the match, Sorenstam was deeply moved saying, “I feel like walking on the cloud,” and “I am proud of what I`ve done.”

What is Sorenstam`s next goal? Sorenstam has a goal called the `54 Vision.` She is planning to hit 54 shots by making birdies in every hole. Sorenstam, who hit the tie record of the least shots in 18 holes with 59 shots, is challenging to break this record and the most wins of the season set by Mickey Wright in 1963.

In the meantime, Pak, Seri (Taylormade) recorded the daily best tie with 4 under-par and the total of 3 under-par despite of the worst condition, and raised her ranking to the tie of the 7th place. Park, Ji-Eun (Ewha Woman`s University) barely made to the top ten with the total of one under-par.

Jong-Seok Kim kjs0123@donga.com