Annika Sorenstam has now played her last 11 rounds in the 60s, tying her own LPGA record, which she set in 2002. Sorenstam's current streak includes the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez (67-64-67-67), the LPGA Corning Classic (69-68-69-69) and the ShopRite LPGA Classic (67-65-64).
She won both the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez and the ShopRite LPGA Classic, while finishing tied for second at the LPGA Corning Classic. Her scoring average during the 11 rounds is an impressive 66.91.
Sorenstam lowers scoring average
After shooting 17-under-par 196 at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, Annika Sorenstam lowered her season scoring average to 68.5. Sorenstam came into this week's tournament with a 68.91 average. Her 68.69696 scoring average last year set an LPGA record.
Sorenstam adds ShopRite LPGA Classic to impressive list
Annika Sorenstam has won 61 tournaments during her LPGA career and has a history of winning the same tournament multiple times. This was the case at last week's ShopRite LPGA Classic, as it was the third time Sorenstam has won that event. She has won 17 tournaments at least twice, but has also won eight tournaments at least three times. This year, in addition to the ShopRite LPGA Classic, she added the Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola and the Kraft Nabisco Championship to the list of tournaments she has won three times.
Sorenstam knows what to do with final-round lead
In her 11-year career, Annika Sorenstam has carried the lead into the final round 61 times. She has won 41 of those tournaments, including the last six. Since the beginning of 2004, Sorenstam has had the final-round lead 10 times, winning nine of those events.
Kang follows up win with top-10 finish, sets LPGA record
Fresh off becoming a Rolex First-Time Winner and earning a spot in The Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions, Jimin Kang turned in an encore performance for the record books. She tied for seventh at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, but played her final nine holes of the final round at a staggering 8-under-par 27, setting an LPGA record for lowest nine-hole raw score. Ten players had previously shot 28 with the most recent being Shi Hyun Ahn at the 2004 Welch's/Fry's Championship. Kang's 8-under-par 27 also tied an LPGA record for lowest nine-hole score in relation to par, but hers is the first to happen on a par 35.
Davies, Kang set 18-hole tournament record
Laura Davies and Jimin Kang each shot 9-under-par 62 to set a tournament record at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. The old record of 63 was previously held by Se Ri Pak (1999), Maria Hjorth (2000), Pat Hurst (2001) and Patricia Meunier-Lebouc (2003).
Davies recorded her 62 in the second round and did it by logging an eagle, seven birdies and 10 pars. Kang's 62 came in the final round and she had to work a bit harder than Davies, as she bogeyed two of her first three holes.
From there she caught fire registering an eagle, nine birdies and five pars over her last 15 holes. Kang ended her round going birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie.
Three is lucky number for Matthew
Catriona Matthew tied for third place for the fourth time this season with a 12-under-par 201 at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Earlier this year, Matthew tied for third three-straight weeks at the Corona Morelia Championship, Franklin American Mortgage Championship and the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill. It also marks the fourth time in her last six tournaments that she tied for third. Matthew tied for 58th at the Chick-Fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez and did not make the cut at the LPGA Corning Classic.
Sorenstam regains lead in State Farm LPGA Series standings
With her win at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, Annika Sorenstam moved from second to first in the State Farm LPGA Series standings with 318 points. Cristie Kerr is second with 306 points, while Catriona Matthew is third with 180 points.
The State Farm LPGA Series bonus pool features a $250,000 purse, with players earning bonus pool points at the 10 State Farm LPGA Series events on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2. The next event in the series is the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger, July 7-10.