Its Good to be Back for Sorenstam

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AURORA, Ill.-After a week of making history, Annika Sorenstam is back on her home Tour, right where she wants to be-defending one of her 11 LPGA victories from 2002. The world's best female player teed it up with the men at the Bank of America Colonial last week in Fort Worth, Texas, becoming the first female to compete in a PGA Tour event in more than 58 years. Sorenstam won the support of thousands of spectators with her class, charisma and last, but certainly not least, her game.
 
Sorenstam has said that her main goal, simply put, is to win tournaments, and there is no better place to add her second 2003 LPGA victory than this week's Kellogg-Keebler Classic in Aurora, Ill., the site of her record-setting 11-stroke win last year.
 
Sorenstam headlines the 144-player field in the 54-hole event held atStonebridge Country Club and is certainly one of the favorites to win the second-year event. She will be tested, though, as six other 2003 LPGA tournament winners-Wendy Doolan, Juli Inkster, Rosie Jones, Candie Kung, Patricia Meunier-Lebouc and Grace Park-are all in the field. LPGA Tour Hall of Fame members Amy Alcott, Juli Inkster and Betsy King are also scheduled to play.
 
This year features a highly talented rookie class, and the crux of that talent will be showcasing their skills in the fairways at Stonebridge Country Club. Lorena Ochoa, Suzann Pettersen and Christina Kim are one, two and three in the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year race, respectively, and all also all in the top 35 on the ADT Official Money List.
 
But of course, most of the attention this week will be on Sorenstam and rightfully so. She owns more LPGA records than most people do CDs, and the golfing world will be waiting to see how she follows up her experience on the PGA Tour.
 
The Kellogg-Keebler Classic provides a perfect venue for an encore. Last year, she went extremely low, as in an eye-popping, 9-under-par 63 during the first round. It was her second-lowest score of the season-only a 10-under-par 62 at Portland's Safeway Classic was better-and gave her a one-stroke lead over Michele Redman.
 
It turned out to be more than enough, as Sorenstam steadily distanced herself over the next two days to win by a staggering 11 stokes, tying the LPGA record for largest margin of victory in a 54-hole event. She was the only player to shoot in the 60s each round, and her worst score of the tournament was a second-round, 5-under-par 67. Redman, Mhairi McKay and Danielle Ammaccapane finished tied for second at 206 (-10).
 
Statistical Preview of the Kellogg-Keebler Classic