Sorenstam Relates to Tigers Streak

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2005 John Q Hammons Hotel ClassicBROKEN ARROW, Okla. -- Annika Sorenstam can relate to the run Tiger Woods is on.
 
Sorenstam once won five straight starts -- two tournaments in 2004 and the first three in 2005. She and Nancy Lopez are the only LPGA players to put together a streak that long.
 
'You obviously have to be in a great mode mentally,' Sorenstam said Thursday. 'I think your mind has to be able to shut off the previous weeks. You obviously have to be playing well. I also think you need to have some good breaks. I mean, there's tournaments where I played really well and I have not been able to win.'
 
Sorenstam comes to Cedar Ridge Country Club in suburban Tulsa off a comeback win at the State Farm Classic last week. Sorenstam shot a 62 to match the LPGA record for the lowest final-round score for a tournament winner
 
Counting her one-stroke win off the LPGA Tour at the TPC of Scandinavia in Sweden, Sorenstam has won her last two events.
 
The past two years, the John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic has been a bit of a springboard for Sorenstam. Her win in 2004 began a run of four victories in six starts. Last year, she won four of her last seven starts, beginning with the Hammons Classic.
 
'I would love to play well this week, continue with my own momentum and start my own little run, then finish strong because the year hasn't been as solid,' Sorenstam said. 'If I'm going to have a chance at the money list and player of the year, I need to do something.'
 
Sorenstam has been the player of the year five straight times but trails Lorena Ochoa and Karrie Webb on the money list and in the points standings. The three are tied for the LPGA lead this year with three wins apiece.
 
'I know I'm trailing,' Sorenstam said. 'I'm going to need some wins, some top finishes to have a chance.'
 
Sorenstam said she thinks she is 'very close' to having her golf game come together. She considers her short game improved, but said she 'misplaced' her long game and is still looking for it.
 
Sorenstam said she was watching Sunday when Woods picked up his fifth straight win at the Deutsche Bank Championship. The two have long had a competitive friendship. Last year, she messaged Woods when she pulled even with him by winning her ninth career major at the LPGA Championship. He reclaimed the lead two weeks later at the British Open, and he now holds a 12-10 edge.
 
With 69 career victories, Sorenstam has 16 more than Woods, although he's been closing in fast of late. That doesn't mean that Sorenstam is feeling any added pressure.
 
'I think it's just more for fun than anything,' Sorenstam said. 'I have my own goals. I motivate myself. It's always fun to watch somebody who's playing well. I think it's great for anybody to watch somebody who's good at something. I think it's inspiring.'
 
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