Win Number 25 in the Books


Annika Sorenstam was looking for her first win just two weeks ago. Now, just two weeks later, Sorenstam has captured her second consecutive win at Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix, AZ.
Rounds of 65-59-69-68 261 carried Sorenstam to an uncontested victory of 27-under-par while the rest of the field, not including Se Ri Pak, lagged a full 14 or more strokes behind her. In fact some pretty impressive names like Dottie Pepper and Karrie Webb finished 13-under-par and 11-under-par respectively.
Well, I think tomorrow, you know, I'm not going to worry that I'm 23 under par, Sorenstam said on Saturday. I'm just going to go out and play the best golf that I can tomorrow. I've got nothing to lose.
Instead of going out there, you know, not being aggressive in the sense you're just aiming at the flag, but hitting aggressive shots. Like my caddie said, 'Play smart; aggressive.' That's going to be my goal tomorrow, not just look at Se Ri, because I think that would put more pressure on me. I want to lead tomorrow. I want to go and hit first off the tee. I want her to see my shots first and get -- you know, so she -- so she will feel the pressure and maybe she will have to try and go to the flag instead of me being the one.
Although successful, Sorenstams fourth round was by far her worst. In round 1 she made eight birdies and one bogey. Round 2, the eight-year veteran and winner of 25 events including two majors, shot a record 13 birdies and no bogeys. Round 3 consisted of four birdies and her last bogey of the tournament. Finally round 4 - error free - Annika knocked out four more birdies to maintain a lead of two strokes over the only person who even came close to challenging her ' Se Ri Pak.
Se Ri Pak is having the best start of a season in her four-year history on the LPGA Tour. Pak carded 65-68-63-67 263, making a run for the lead and coming as close as 25-under-par. Had it not been for Sorenstams historic 59 during the second round, Pak would have taken home her second victory of the season. Earlier this year Pak captured the YourLife Vitamins LPGA Classic.
I'm playing really well, Pak said after the third round. And especially last three years ago, all the years, pretty much, slow start, but this year pretty amazing. A totally different game. But I think I find myself actually -- I mean, before, I don't know why, just kind of confusing, so many things, like even know what's happening next, you know, but now I think I find myself and I know right now putting into it for my game more than last three years. That's why this year is different than last three years ago.
Pak started the final round four strokes off the lead and managed to make up two of them but ultimately had to settle for second place - finishing behind Annika for the second week in a row.
This week all eyes will be on Sorenstam, Pak, and Webb as the first major of the season, the Nabisco Championship, gets underway. Players were keeping their focus on the events in-hand over the last couple of weeks but now its time set their sites on the Dinah.