The most dominate golfer in the world needs a win this week to put the finishing touches on a four-year Mizuno Classic campaign worthy of the history books.
Sorenstam is the three-time defending champion of the $1 million event and makes her case this week for a four-peat. In fact, long-hitting Laura Davies is the only player to do it, as she made the Standard Register PING her own personal standard from 1994-97.
It is hard to argue that there has been a tournament where Sorenstam has been more perfect than the Mizuno Classic. Her three previous wins have all been multiple-shot victories, which includes a nine-stroke thumping last year. Over the last nine rounds at the 54-hole event, the Super Swede's final-round 70 in 2001 ranks as her highest score.
Some of Sorenstam's stats during her Mizuno win streak are hard to fathom considering her margin of victory is a jaw-dropping 4.67 shots, while her stroke average is 66.22.
Sorenstam has made the Mizuno Classic her personal playground the last three years, but history suggests a change may be in order. In 54 years, the LPGA has yielded only nine back-to-back-to-back winners at the same event, and only Davies went on to complete the four-peat.
Even Sorenstam has been on the wrong side of history when it comes to four straight wins. The 54-time champion won the Michelob Light Classic from 1997-99, but was foiled in 2000 with a tie for 17th.
This year, Sorenstam successfully defended the Office Depot Championship Hosted by Amy Alcott and the McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola setting up two three-peat attempts for 2005. She failed in the same quest this year at the Kellogg-Keebler Classic and the Safeway Classic Presented by Pepsi.
Last year, Sorenstam carded rounds of 63-63-66 to finish at 192 (-24) to set LPGA records for the lowest 54-hole score and the lowest 54-hole winning score. Se Ri Pak, Grace Park and Sophie Gustafson tied for second at 201 (-15).