Sorenstam Looking for Soren Slam

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Every once in a blue moon there comes a player who, through their massive talent and determination, can make the seemingly impossible possible.
 
Like winning the Grand Slam in golf.
 
And so it is that world No. 1 and arguably the best female golfer of all time - Annika Sorenstam - is set to make a run at what no other LPGA player has accomplished - win all four professional majors in the same year, starting with this week's playing of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
 
'Everything is focused on the majors,' Sorenstam said early this year. 'Winning all four in one season is something that has never been done before, but I definitely think it is possible.'
 
There have been some players who have made good runs at the feat, such as Tiger Woods on the men's side a few years ago, Pat Bradley racked up three of the four back in 1986, and Greg Norman, in the same year as Bradley, held the lead in all four majors entering the final round.
 
Even Annika herself made one such stab during last year's major championship run. She won the Women's British Open and the McDonald's LPGA Championship to complete her career grand slam. But she had a runner-up showing earlier in the year at the Kraft Nabisco before finishing a shot out of a three-way playoff at the Women's U.S. Open.
 
And despite the long winter layoff, Sorenstam already seems in midseason form, breaking out to win last week's Safeway International, her first LPGA Tour event of the season.
 
To get the Grand Slam, however, she must obviously win this week at the Kraft Nabisco to get the ball rolling. Prior to last year's runner-up finish in this event to Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, who has pulled out of the tournament due to the birth of her first child, Sorenstam was coming off back-to-back wins into the tour's first major of the year.
 
Simply put, Sorenstam will be ready to play come Thursday's tee time at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
 
Also slated to give Annika a run for her money will be Se Ri Pak, the suddenly resurgent Laura Davies, world No. 3 Grace Park and teen phenom Michelle Wie.
 
Wie, who has grabbed headlines all over the world, actually played in last year's final grouping with Meunier-Lebouc before stumbling in the final round, eventually finishing in a tie for ninth. She, like Sorenstam, played her first LPGA event of the season at the Safeway International and finished in an impressive tie for 19th.
 
Pak, Davies and Park also look set to go as each of them placed in the top 10 at the Safeway International. Davies notched a fourth-place finish in last year's Kraft Nabisco, her best finish since a tie for third in 1998.
 
Pak is looking to capture the Kraft Nabisco for the first time as it is the only major she has not won. A win would give her the career grand slam and would make her the youngest to accomplish the feat.
 
Davies, coming off her 66th victory worldwide at the Australian Women's Open two week's ago, can also take care of the career slam by winning at Nabisco. It also would make her eligble for the Hall of Fame.

Related links:
  • Full Coverage - Kraft Nabisco Championship