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A Year to Remember

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Upon reflection, there was really only one defining moment in womens golf this year. That moment happened during the second round of the Standard Register PING when Annika Sorenstam made history by becoming the only women to ever record a score of 59 in tournament competition.
 
Click here for Annika's record-setting scorecard
 
Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix, AZ was no match for Sorenstams steely drive and golf acumen. She tore up the course, making birdie on the first eight holes of the day. When all was said and done, she had recorded 13 birdies and a dumbfounding score of 13-under 59. Not only did she go on to win with a final score of 27-under-par, she also rewrote the books for the 18-, 36- and 72-hole records in the process.
 
No one questioned whether Sorenstam had rededicated herself to the game. Especially after the physically fit Swede recorded back-to-back second place finishes in the first two events she played. Yet no one could have foreseen that she would go on to win the next four tournaments (Welch's/Circle K Championship, Standard Register PING, Nabisco Championship and The Office Depot).
 
She won every LPGA Tournament held in March, won her first major title ' the Nabisco Championship - since 1996, and made up a 10-stroke deficit on the final day of The Office Depot to take home the trophy. Unbelievably, there were four more victories in her future (Chick-fil-A Charity Championship, Bank of Montreal Canadian Women's Open, Cisco World Ladies Challenge and Mizuno Classic).
 
In all, Sorenstam recorded 20 top-10 finishes - eight of which were victories. With her final victory of the year she became the first player since Nancy Lopez in 1979 to win eight tournament titles in a single season.
 
Sorenstam was named Rolex Player of the Year, captured the money title and became the first woman to break $2 million in earnings in a single season. She also took home her fourth Vare Trophy after setting a record scoring average of 69.42.
 
Her year was historical. And because of her astounding performances, it will forever go down in the annals as one of the greatest years in womens golf. Arguably there were other memorable highlights during the 2001 season, although not one as spectacular as Sorenstams 59.