Annika Through the Years

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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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