Sorenstam Wins Vare Trophy Sets New Record


Swedens Annika Sorenstam was awarded the Vare Trophy upon the conclusion of the Tyco/ADT Championship. This makes the fourth time in her eight-year career on the LPGA Tour that she has recorded the lowest scoring average in a season.
Sorenstam (69.38) completed the season-ending Tyco/ADT Championship with the knowledge that Vare Trophy honors were in the bag. Her closest contender, Se Ri Pak (69.69), withdrew from the event, making it just a matter of formality for the Swede.
Karrie Webb had won the Vare Trophy for the last two years and Sorenstam wanted it back. More than that, she wanted to set a record.
Sorenstam needed to shoot 66 in the final round of the championship to break Webbs 1999 record of 69.43333333 and set a new all-time lowest scoring average record.
In the end, she recorded a final round of 7-under-par 65 to set a record of 69.420454 - breaking the record by .012879.
Im walking on clouds. I pretty much knew what I had to shoot today,' she said.
The Vare Trophy was just one of many goals Sorenstam, winner of eight LPGA Tour events in 2001, had set for herself. Now that the official season has come to a close, she has achieved every one of those goals and set new records in the process.
I mean I wanted to be Player of the Year. I wanted to win the Vare Trophy and the money list, Sorenstam said. I achieved that.
Those were my goals. I set them early this year, pretty much already in January. I knew what I wanted to do.
A mentally and physically fit Sorenstam won four consecutive events in 2001 - Welchs/Circle K Championship, Standard Register PING, Nabisco Championship and The Office Depot.
She also became the first woman to record a 59 in competition, setting a 18-hole record in Phoenix at the Standard Register Ping.
Fifty-nine was not really a goal of mine, but Ive always talked about shooting 54. That was really close to it,' Sorenstam said.
Overall, she won eight titles - bringing her total number of LPGA Tour wins to 31.
Actually, I had set up 10 victories this year, and I didnt win 10. But Im very, very close,' she said.
With $2,105,868 in prize money this season Sorenstam is the first woman to cross the $2 million mark; in addition to becoming the fastest women to earn $1 million (10th event of the season), breaking the record set by Webb in 1999 (13th event of the season).
Prior to Sunday, the single-season earnings record was set by Webb in 2000, when she took home $1,876,853. It was the second time in Webbs then-five-year LPGA Tour career that she had set the record (1996 she earned $1,002,000.) This was one of many motivating factors for Sorenstams record-breaking performance this season.
Im going to go home and just let this sink in. But I can tell you that I had a fun year in many ways,' said Sorenstam. 'If this is what it takes to have fun, Im going to continue.'