Annika Through the Years

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 13, 2008, 4:00 pm
1993: A 22-year-old Annika competes in three LPGA Tour events, earning a pair of top-10 finishes. She qualifies for the tours 1994 season based on a T28 at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.
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Annika holds her first of 72 LPGA Tour victories at the 1995 U.S. Women's Open.
1994: Earns Rolex Rookie of the Year honors on the strength of three top-10 finishes. She qualifies for her first Solheim Cup team, going 1-2-0. She finishes the year 39th on the money list, the last time she would finish outside the top 4 over the next 11 years.
1995: Wins her first LPGA Tour event at the U.S. Womens Open. Adds two more titles by seasons end en route to earning Rolex Player of the Year, Vare Trophy honors and the money list crown.
1996: Successfully defends her U.S. Womens Open and Samsung World Championship titles. Joins the European Solheim Cup team for the second time in her career, going 3-0-2. Crosses $1 million in career earnings in finishing third on the money list. Also wins her second consecutive Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average.
1997: Wins six times to double her overall tour total to 12 and finishes first on the money list with over $1.2 million. She collects her second career Rolex Player of the Year Trophy.
1998: Wins four more times and adds a third career Rolex P.O.Y. Trophy and third Vare Trophy to her rapidly growing resume. She goes 3-2-0 for the European Solheim Cup team.
1999: Only wins twice, but sitll finishes fourth on the money list. Crosses the $4 million mark for career earnings. She ends the 1990s with more LPGA victories (18) than any other player in that decade.
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Annika becomes the first LPGA Tour player to ever shoot 59.
2000: Wins her first title of the season in a playoff at the Welchs/Circle K Championship, giving her the requisite 27 points to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame, but must wait three more years until reaching the 10-year tour membership requirement. She wins five times on the year, rising to second on the money list and earns two points for a victorious European Solheim Cup team.
2001: Records eight wins, six runner-up finishes and a total of 20 top-10s in 22 starts. Ends a five-year major-less drought at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Earns fourth P.O.Y., Vare Trophy and money title. She sets or ties 30 LPGA Tour records, including becoming the first female to shoot 59 (13 under) in LPGA history during the second round of the Standard Register PING. She also teams with Tiger Woods to defeat David Duval and Karrie Webb in the Battle at Bighorn, marking the LPGAs first-ever appearance on prime-time TV.
2002: The Year of Annika. She wins 11 times to join Mickey Wright (11 in 1964, and 13 in 1963) as the only women to win 11 tournaments in one season. Repeats at the Kraft Nabisco and wins the Kellogg-Keebler Classic by a record-tying 11 strokes. Overall, she sets or ties 20 more LPGA records and crosses the $9 million, $10 million and $11 million career earnings marks in the same year. Her $2,863,904 winnings gives her a fifth money title to add to her fifth P.O.Y. and fifth Vare trophies. She also goes 3-1-1 in the Solheim Cup.
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Annika reacts to a birdie at the 2003 PGA TOUR Bank of America Colonial.
2003: Officially qualifies for the LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame on Oct. 10 after completing the first round of the Samsung World Championship, giving her 10 years service on tour. She is inducted 10 days later. Wins the McDonalds LPGA Championship and the Weetabix Womens British Open to become only the sixth player in LPGA history to complete the career Grand Slam. Overall, she wins six times, finishes first on the money list and wins her sixth P.O.Y. trophy. But she will forever be remembered for the one cut she missed in 2003. Annika competes in the PGA TOURs Bank of America Colonial, shooting 71-75. Despite criticism from some, she garners unprecedented worldwide interest and media coverage in becoming the first woman to compete on the PGA TOUR since 1945.
2004: Collects eight wins and 16 top-10s in 18 starts, including a repeat victory at the McDonalds LPGA. Wins P.O.Y for a record-tying seventh time and tops the money list for the fourth straight year. She sets the single season scoring average record with a 68.69696 mark.
2005 Showing no signs of slowing down as she reaches 35 years of age, Annika wins 10 times in only 20 starts on tour. She claims P.O.Y. No. 8, finishes first in earnings for the eighth time (and fifth year in a row), and chalks up her sixth career scoring title. She wins the seasons first two majors, the Kraft Nabisco and the McDonalds LPGA (her eighth and ninth career majors, respectively), but ties for 23rd at the Womens British to end her dream of winning the Grand Slam. She ties Nancy Lopez record in 1978 for winning five consecutive tournaments. Sets an LPGA record (breaking her own mark) with 14 consecutive rounds in the 60s. Goes 4-1-0 at the Solheim Cup to become Europes all-time points earner with 21 .
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Annika hoists her 10th career major championship trophy at the 2006 U.S. Women's Open.
2006: Wins her third career U.S. Womens Open, to give her 10 career major titles, in an 18-hole Monday playoff over Pat Hurst. She ties an LPGA record for lowest final round by a winner, shooting 62 to capture the State Farm Classic. Reaches 69 career LPGA Tour victories with a total of three in 2006 to get within 19 of Kathy Whitworths all-time record and breaks the $20 million mark in career LPGA earnings.
2007: Suffers her first-ever winless season as a tour member thanks in large part to a back injury. Competes in only 13 events, recording 6 top-10s, but no trophies. She ends the year 25th on the money list and goes 2-2-1 in her eighth, and possibly last, Solheim Cup appearance. She also opens up her own ANNIKA Academy in Reunion, Fla.
2008: A now healthy and 37-year-old Annika starts her season in Hawaii with her first victory in 17 months at the SBS Open. Its win No. 70 for her career. She gets No. 71 at the inaugural Stanford International and then earns No. 72 with a seven-stroke runaway at the Michelob Ultra Open. Two days after her most recent title, she announces that she will retire at the end of the season.
The Future: Marriage, kids and furthering her Academy are certainly on the horizon. But her playing career is not yet done. She still has three more majors left in 2008, beginning with the McDonald's LPGA Championship (exclusive four-round coverage on GOLF CHANNEL) June 5-8. There are still more titles to win and more history to make.

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    Koepka (wrist) likely out until the Masters

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 9:08 pm

    Defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka is expected to miss at least the next two months because of a torn tendon in his left wrist.

    Koepka, who suffered a partially torn Extensor Carpi Ulnaris (ECU), is hoping to return in time for the Masters.

    In a statement released by his management company, Koepka said that doctors are unsure when the injury occurred but that he first felt discomfort at the Hero World Challenge, where he finished last in the 18-man event. Playing through pain, he also finished last at the Tournament of Champions, after which he underwent a second MRI that revealed the tear.

    Koepka is expected to miss the next eight to 12 weeks.

    “I am frustrated that I will now not be able to play my intended schedule,” Koepka said. “But I am confident in my doctors and in the treatment they have prescribed, and I look forward to teeing it up at the Masters. … I look forward to a quick and successful recovery.”

    Prior to the injury, Koepka won the Dunlop Phoenix and cracked the top 10 in the world ranking. 

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    Cut Line: Color Rory unafraid of the Ryder Cup

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 19, 2018, 7:09 pm

    In this week’s edition, Rory McIlroy gets things rolling with some early Ryder Cup banter, Dustin Johnson changes his tune on a possible golf ball roll-back, and the PGA Tour rolls ahead with integrity training.

    Made Cut

    Paris or bust. Rory McIlroy, who made his 2018 debut this week on the European Tour, can be one of the game’s most affable athletes. He can also be pointed, particularly when discussing the Ryder Cup.

    Asked this week in Abu Dhabi about the U.S. team, which won the last Ryder Cup and appears to be rejuvenated by a collection of new players, McIlroy didn’t disappoint.

    “If you look at Hazeltine and how they set the course up – big, wide fairways, no rough, pins in the middle of greens – it wasn’t set up for the way the Europeans like to play,” McIlroy said. “I think Paris will be a completely different kettle of fish, so different.”

    McIlroy has come by his confidence honestly, having won three of the four Ryder Cups he’s played, so it’s understandable if he doesn't feel like an underdog heaidng to Paris.

    “The Americans have obviously been buoyant about their chances, but it’s never as easy as that,” he said. “The Ryder Cup is always close. It always comes down to a few key moments, and it will be no different in Paris. I think we’ll have a great team and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

    September can’t get here quick enough.

    Mr. Spieth goes to Ponte Vedra Beach. The Tour announced this year’s player advisory council, the 16-member group that works with the circuit’s policy board to govern.

    There were no real surprises to the PAC, but news that Jordan Spieth had been selected to run for council chair is interesting. Spieth, who is running against Billy Hurley III and would ascend to the policy board next year if he wins the election, served on the PAC last year and would make a fine addition to the policy board, but it is somewhat out of character for a marquee player.

    In recent years, top players like Spieth have largely avoided the distractions that come with the PAC and policy board. Of course, we’ve also learned in recent years that Spieth is not your typical superstar.

    Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF)

    On second thought. In December at the Hero World Challenge, Dustin Johnson was asked about a possible golf ball roll-back, which has become an increasingly popular notion in recent years.

    “I don't mind seeing every other professional sport. They play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball,” he said in the Bahamas. “I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage.”

    The world No. 1 appeared to dial back that take this week in Abu Dhabi, telling BBC Sport, “It's not like we are dominating golf courses. When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy?”

    Maybe it didn’t feel that way, but DJ’s eight-stroke romp two weeks ago at the Sentry Tournament of Champions certainly looked pretty easy.

    Long odds. I had a chance to watch the Tour’s 15-minute integrity training video that players have been required view and came away with a mixture of confusion and concern.

    The majority of the video, which includes a Q&A element, focuses on how to avoid match fixing. Although the circuit has made it clear there is no indication of current match fixing, it’s obviously something to keep an eye on.

    The other element that’s worth pointing out is that although the Tour may be taking the new program seriously, some players are not.

    “My agent watched [the training video] for me,” said one Tour pro last week at the Sony Open.

    Missed Cut

    Groundhog Day. To be fair, no one expected Patton Kizzire and James Hahn to need six playoff holes to decide last week’s Sony Open, but the episode does show why variety is the spice of life.

    After finishing 72 holes tied at 17 under, Kizzire and Hahn played the 18th hole again and again and again and again. In total, the duo played the par-5 closing hole at Waialae Country Club five times (including in regulation play) on Sunday.

    It’s worth noting that the playoff finally ended with Kizzire’s par at the sixth extra hole, which was the par-3 17th. Waialae’s 18th is a fine golf hole, but in this case familiarity really did breed contempt.

    Tweet of the week:

    It was a common theme last Saturday on Oahu after an island-wide text alert was issued warning of an inbound ballistic missile and advising citizens to “seek immediate shelter.”

    The alert turned out to be a mistake, someone pushed the wrong button during a shift change, but for many, like Peterson, it was a serious lesson in perspective.

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    Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

    Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

    While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

    “I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

    Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    “Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 

    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.”