Annika Looking for Historic Victory


2006 Samsung World ChampionshipThis could be a very special week for Annika Sorenstam. The No. 1 player in women's golf turns 36 today and would like nothing more than to extend her birthday celebration all week and cap it off with a win at the Samsung World Championship.
However, it would not just be any other win on Sorenstam's already impressive resume. It would be an LPGA-record sixth win at the same tournament, as Sorenstam previously took home top honors at the Samsung World Championship in 1995, 1996, 2002, 2004 and 2005.
Annika Sorenstam
Annika Sorenstam will be eyeing a record sixth win at the Samsung World Championship.
Sorenstam and fellow LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame member Mickey Wright are the only players in LPGA history to win the same tournament five times. In addition to her five Samsung World Championship titles, Sorenstam has also won the Mizuno Classic (2001-05) five times. Wright won the Sea Island Open in 1957, 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1963.
A win would be Sorenstam's third straight in the event and that would be the fourth time in her illustrious career that she has won a tournament three consecutive years. In addition to the Mizuno Classic, Sorenstam won the McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola from 2003-05 and the Michelob Light Classic from 1997-99.
The potential of a special week for Sorenstam does not end there with a potential sixth Samsung World Championship title or a successful three-peat. A win would be Sorenstam's 70th of her career and that would put her even more with elite company in the LPGA record books. Only two players'Wright with 82 and Kathy Whitworth with 88'have more wins, but this week presents an opportunity for Sorenstam to join them as only the third player in LPGA history to reach the 70-win plateau.
In the past two years that the Samsung World Championship has been contested at BIGHORN Golf Club,
Sorenstam is a combined 36-under-par and has won by a collective 11 shots. In addition, seven of her last eight rounds have been in the 60s, so she is a deserving favorite even though her rivals have closed the gap on her dominance this year.
Both Lorena Ochoa and Karrie Webb have won four times this year, and both of them want to prevent Sorenstam from making more LPGA history.
Ochoa enters the week buoyed by a win in her home country of Mexico at the Corona Morelia Championship where she joined Sorenstam as only the second player in LPGA history to surpass the $2 million mark in season earnings.
With four wins and five runner-ups, Ochoa sits atop the ADT Official Money List with $2,124,122 and has a good chance to become the first person not named Sorenstam or Webb to win the ADT Official Money List title in 12 years.
Like Ochoa, Webb has four wins this year after failing to record a win last year for the first time during her professional career. She is sandwiched between Ochoa and Sorenstam on the ADT Official Money List and won the last tournament she played, the Longs Drugs Challenge by one shot over Sorenstam. A strong finish to the end of the year and Webb could very easily walk away with the season-ending spoils.
Ochoa and Webb both have their goals within their sights, but to reach them they are going to have to blow out the candles on Sorenstam's cake so her wishes of making even more LPGA history don't come true this week.
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