LPGA Stats 2002 Not Just Annika

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To write any kind of yearly wrap-up on the 2002 LPGA Tour and not mention Annika Sorenstam is unconscionable. She won 11 times, set or tied 20 tour records, and led the tour in scoring, money, rounds under par, top-10 finishes, greens hit in regulation and rounds in the 60s.
 
But, believe it or not, she wasnt the best at everything this past year.
 
In fact, her sister topped one of the tours statistical categories. Younger sibling Charlotta made three holes in one this season, two more than anyone else, including Annika.
 
The longest hitter of the year was Akiko Fukushima. The 29-year-old Japanese averaged 269.3 yards off the tee. Sorenstam came in fourth at 265.6 yards per pop.
 
Taiwans Yu Ping Lin was the most accurate driver of the year. She hit 82.6 percent of her fairways. Sorenstam was fifth at 80.3 percent.
 
Nancy Lopez , who made her farewell tour the past season, surprisingly led the circuit in putts per round with a 28.63 average. That, however, was due in large part to the fact that she hit only 51.6 percent of her greens in regulation. Annika hit a shade under 80 percent of her greens, and averaged 29.66 putts per round. She tied for 39th on tour in the putting department.
 
That wasnt her worst statistical category, though. The Swede wasnt so good from the sand, getting up and down less than 39 percent of the time. She ranked 56th in that area. Vicki Goetze-Ackerman was the queen of the beach, leading the tour with a 56.8 save percentage.
 
Mi Hyun Kim played the most rounds (98), and tied Grace Park and Catriona Matthew for most events played (28) this year. Sorenstam competed in 23 events covering 76 rounds.
 
Park was the resident scoring machine. She made the most birdies this season (358) and had the greatest number of sub-par holes (366).
 
But it was Se Ri Pak who came the closest ' a very distant second ' in trading statistical jabs with Annika.
 
Sorenstam was No. 1 in scoring average; Pak was No. 2. Sorenstam was No. 1 in money; Pak was No. 2. Sorenstam was No. 1 in wins; Pak was No. 2. Sorenstam was No. 1 in the Rolex Player of the Year standing; Pak was No. 2.
 
You get the picture.
 
Sorenstam also was one spot ahead of Pak in rounds under par, top-10 finishes, greens in regulation and rounds in the 60s ' all of which Annika was No. 1, and Pak was No. 2.
 
The 32-year-old Sorenstam was no slouch in 2001. She was the tours best in scoring average, money, wins, top-10 finishes, rounds in the 60s and greens in regulation.
 
But this past season, she was as good or better, numbers-wise, in each of those areas.
 
RELATED LINKS:
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  • Champions Tour Stats 2002