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LPGA Tees Up Second Major

WILMINGTON, Del. - If its not Annika Sorenstam, it will probably be Se Ri Pak. If not Pak, probably Juli Inkster or Karrie Webb. Maybe Grace Park or even Beth Daniel. For a newcomer, you might pick Lorena Ochoa.
The LPGA plays its second major this week ' the LPGA McDonalds. Sorenstam seems to be coming around just in time ' she competed against the men at the Bank of America Colonial two weeks ago and became the LPGAs second multiple winner in Corning last week.
Pak and Webb would seem to be the second choice. Pak, the other two-time winner this year, seems to have a knack for winning these majors. She won the McDonalds last year, has won four out of the last 12 she played and only needs the Nabisco to achieve a career grand slam. This year has finished in the top 10 in five of the eight tournaments she has entered.
Webb excels in winning majors ' she has claimed six, at least one every year she has been a pro. Though she doesnt have a victory this year, she also had finished in the top 10 in five of the eight tournaments in which she has played.
Ochoa is a rookie just out of the University of Arizona who has broken par on 23 of 29 rounds this year ' second on tour to Sorenstam. Park has finished in the top 10 in four of her nine tournaments. The 42-year-old Inkster won two weeks ago and now has seven majors to her credit.
They will all have to beat Sorenstam, however, if they are going to wear the McDonalds crown. There was some who thought the strain of playing the mens event, plus winning last week, would show up this week in a very tired golfer. Not so, says Sorenstam.
Physically there's no problem, she insists. And mentally, on the contrary, I mean this is - you know, it's the majors that I've been gearing up for all year.
The Colonial was just one step towards it, but my priorities have always been the majors. And I think I've I got a good schedule and next week will be my third tournament in a row and, to come to a tournament with a win, it doesn't get much better than that.
Sorenstam has caused some raised eyebrows because she has won only fours majors in her lineup of 44 victories. But her emphasis will always be the majors.
I love the majors, she says. I think majors are where the history is and a lot of people look at somebody's career depending how they do in the majors. Obviously I'd like to win more majors. I've won four, but now I've won 44 regular tournaments - 40 regular events, so I'd like to do better there and I believe I can.
When Sorenstam was playing against the PGA Tour in Fort Worth, she was working on shots that she may needs this week. But most of all, the experience was to motivate her.
'you know. to play under extreme pressure with everybody watching, everybody expecting - ' she began. 'Well, not everybody. A lot of people didn't expect me to do anything, but some people expect me to do a lot.
So you know, that's just everything together is what this is all about. I wanted to test myself and I did.