Sorenstam Seeking for Three-Peat


04 Kellogg-Keebler ClassicAURORA, Ill. -- Annika Sorenstam is usually the odds-on favorite at any tournament she enters, and this week's Kellogg-Keelber Classic outside of Chicago will be no exception.
Fresh off a win at last week's LPGA Corning Classic, the 51-time tournament champion is the only winner the Kellogg-Keebler Classic has ever had, and she goes for her third-straight title at Stockbridge Country Club looking to record the third three-peat of her illustrious career.
In addition to Sorenstam, five players in LPGA history have won the same event three or more times: Louise Suggs (1959-61 Dallas Civitan Open); Kathy Whitworth (1968-70 Orange Blossom Classic); Sandra Haynie (1973-75 Charity Golf Classic); Karrie Webb (1998-2000 Australian Ladies Masters); and Laura Davies with a record four consecutive wins (1994-97 Standard Register PING).
But Sorenstam is the only player who has won two tournaments three consecutive years (1997-99 Michelob Light Classic and 2001-03 Mizuno Classic), and another win at the Kellogg-Keebler Classic would add an additional line to her unprecedented resume.
There are more than a few talented challengers in this week's field ready to end Sorenstam's reign. All but one tournament champion from the 2004 season is teeing it up, as the field includes Cristie Kerr, Lorena Ochoa, Se Ri Pak, Grace Park, Jennifer Rosales and Karen Stupples.
Additionally, Mhairi McKay will be hoping the third time's a charm, as the yet-to-win Scot has finished as runner-up to Sorenstam at the last two Kellogg-Keebler Classics.
Sorenstam came to Stockbridge Country Club last year after one of the most memorable events of her career, an appearance at the PGA Tour's Bank of America Colonial. Her goal in competing against the men was to learn how to elevate her own game, and the results were certainly evident immediately, as she recorded a 10-under-par 62 during the first round of the Kellogg-Keebler Classic.
Sorenstam followed up that tournament-record-setting round with a 66 on Saturday to take a two-shot lead over McKay. Although Sorenstam stumbled a bit down the stretch, with bogeys on 17 and 18, she managed to finish three shots clear of McKay, who recovered from an early triple-bogey to card a 72 and a 202 (-14) total.
Sorenstam's 62 in the first round set an LPGA record for the lowest first-round score by an eventual winner. The previous record was a 63, held by Sorenstam and seven other players. The victory was Sorenstam's 44th of her career and led to a major championship win the following week at the McDonald's LPGA Championship.
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