Annika Looks for Record-Breaking Win


LPGA logo for LeaderboardsOTSU-SHI, SHIGA, Japan -- The last time Annika Sorenstam failed to win the Mizuno Classic, Bill Clinton was still president of the United States. It was the year 2000, gas cost $1.50 a gallon and MVP Kurt Warner and the St. Louis Rams were Super Bowl champs.
Today, George W. Bush is already well into his second presidential term, gas prices are fluctuating between the $2.50 and $3 mark and Kurt Warner is the backup quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals.
Annika Sorenstam
Annika Sorenstam will be in search of her record-breaking fifth consecutive victory at the Mizuno Classic.
The old adage of, 'The more things change, the more they stay the same,' applies here, and that means when Annika Sorenstam tees it up in the Mizuno Classic this week, she will be doing so as the four-time defending champion.
Sorenstam has been unstoppable at the three-day tournament, winning by nine in each of the last two years. She also set an LPGA record for lowest score in a 54-hole event when she finished at 24-under in 2003. Her last round in the 70s came in the final round of the 2001 event, when she closed with a 70 to win by three shots over Laura Davies. The last two years, she has not posted a score higher than 66, and in the same six rounds, she has carded three 63s.
Good things happen to Sorenstam when she travels to Japan - she did not have a bogey at the 2003 event - and she can once again set a record with a win this week. However, it would not only be an LPGA record, but also a first for any player. If Sorenstam can pull off a remarkable fifth consecutive Mizuno Classic, it would be the first time an LPGA or PGA Tour member has won the same tournament five straight times.
Sorenstam already tied an LPGA record involving five victories when she won her fifth Samsung World Championship earlier this month, but this time she is going for five in a row, something that has never been done.
Laura Davies, who captured the Standard Register PING from 1994-97, is the only other LPGA member to accomplish the feat, while on the PGA Tour side, only Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen and Tiger Woods have won the same tournament four straight times.
In 1998, Davies finished tied for 16th when she went for her fifth consecutive win. Sorenstam is almost guaranteed to fare better than Davies did, as the Swede, a model of consistency, has only finished tied for 16th or worse three times since the start of the 2003 season. In the same time span, she has amassed 22 victories.
Sorenstam has already won eight events this year-three by eight shots or more-and she has already wrapped up her LPGA-record eighth Rolex Player of the Year award and her eighth record-tying ADT Official Money List title.
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