Annika Through the Years

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 13, 2008, 4:00 pm
1993: A 22-year-old Annika competes in three LPGA Tour events, earning a pair of top-10 finishes. She qualifies for the tours 1994 season based on a T28 at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.
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Annika holds her first of 72 LPGA Tour victories at the 1995 U.S. Women's Open.
1994: Earns Rolex Rookie of the Year honors on the strength of three top-10 finishes. She qualifies for her first Solheim Cup team, going 1-2-0. She finishes the year 39th on the money list, the last time she would finish outside the top 4 over the next 11 years.
1995: Wins her first LPGA Tour event at the U.S. Womens Open. Adds two more titles by seasons end en route to earning Rolex Player of the Year, Vare Trophy honors and the money list crown.
1996: Successfully defends her U.S. Womens Open and Samsung World Championship titles. Joins the European Solheim Cup team for the second time in her career, going 3-0-2. Crosses $1 million in career earnings in finishing third on the money list. Also wins her second consecutive Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average.
1997: Wins six times to double her overall tour total to 12 and finishes first on the money list with over $1.2 million. She collects her second career Rolex Player of the Year Trophy.
1998: Wins four more times and adds a third career Rolex P.O.Y. Trophy and third Vare Trophy to her rapidly growing resume. She goes 3-2-0 for the European Solheim Cup team.
1999: Only wins twice, but sitll finishes fourth on the money list. Crosses the $4 million mark for career earnings. She ends the 1990s with more LPGA victories (18) than any other player in that decade.
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Annika becomes the first LPGA Tour player to ever shoot 59.
2000: Wins her first title of the season in a playoff at the Welchs/Circle K Championship, giving her the requisite 27 points to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame, but must wait three more years until reaching the 10-year tour membership requirement. She wins five times on the year, rising to second on the money list and earns two points for a victorious European Solheim Cup team.
2001: Records eight wins, six runner-up finishes and a total of 20 top-10s in 22 starts. Ends a five-year major-less drought at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Earns fourth P.O.Y., Vare Trophy and money title. She sets or ties 30 LPGA Tour records, including becoming the first female to shoot 59 (13 under) in LPGA history during the second round of the Standard Register PING. She also teams with Tiger Woods to defeat David Duval and Karrie Webb in the Battle at Bighorn, marking the LPGAs first-ever appearance on prime-time TV.
2002: The Year of Annika. She wins 11 times to join Mickey Wright (11 in 1964, and 13 in 1963) as the only women to win 11 tournaments in one season. Repeats at the Kraft Nabisco and wins the Kellogg-Keebler Classic by a record-tying 11 strokes. Overall, she sets or ties 20 more LPGA records and crosses the $9 million, $10 million and $11 million career earnings marks in the same year. Her $2,863,904 winnings gives her a fifth money title to add to her fifth P.O.Y. and fifth Vare trophies. She also goes 3-1-1 in the Solheim Cup.
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Annika reacts to a birdie at the 2003 PGA TOUR Bank of America Colonial.
2003: Officially qualifies for the LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame on Oct. 10 after completing the first round of the Samsung World Championship, giving her 10 years service on tour. She is inducted 10 days later. Wins the McDonalds LPGA Championship and the Weetabix Womens British Open to become only the sixth player in LPGA history to complete the career Grand Slam. Overall, she wins six times, finishes first on the money list and wins her sixth P.O.Y. trophy. But she will forever be remembered for the one cut she missed in 2003. Annika competes in the PGA TOURs Bank of America Colonial, shooting 71-75. Despite criticism from some, she garners unprecedented worldwide interest and media coverage in becoming the first woman to compete on the PGA TOUR since 1945.
2004: Collects eight wins and 16 top-10s in 18 starts, including a repeat victory at the McDonalds LPGA. Wins P.O.Y for a record-tying seventh time and tops the money list for the fourth straight year. She sets the single season scoring average record with a 68.69696 mark.
2005 Showing no signs of slowing down as she reaches 35 years of age, Annika wins 10 times in only 20 starts on tour. She claims P.O.Y. No. 8, finishes first in earnings for the eighth time (and fifth year in a row), and chalks up her sixth career scoring title. She wins the seasons first two majors, the Kraft Nabisco and the McDonalds LPGA (her eighth and ninth career majors, respectively), but ties for 23rd at the Womens British to end her dream of winning the Grand Slam. She ties Nancy Lopez record in 1978 for winning five consecutive tournaments. Sets an LPGA record (breaking her own mark) with 14 consecutive rounds in the 60s. Goes 4-1-0 at the Solheim Cup to become Europes all-time points earner with 21 .
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Annika hoists her 10th career major championship trophy at the 2006 U.S. Women's Open.
2006: Wins her third career U.S. Womens Open, to give her 10 career major titles, in an 18-hole Monday playoff over Pat Hurst. She ties an LPGA record for lowest final round by a winner, shooting 62 to capture the State Farm Classic. Reaches 69 career LPGA Tour victories with a total of three in 2006 to get within 19 of Kathy Whitworths all-time record and breaks the $20 million mark in career LPGA earnings.
2007: Suffers her first-ever winless season as a tour member thanks in large part to a back injury. Competes in only 13 events, recording 6 top-10s, but no trophies. She ends the year 25th on the money list and goes 2-2-1 in her eighth, and possibly last, Solheim Cup appearance. She also opens up her own ANNIKA Academy in Reunion, Fla.
2008: A now healthy and 37-year-old Annika starts her season in Hawaii with her first victory in 17 months at the SBS Open. Its win No. 70 for her career. She gets No. 71 at the inaugural Stanford International and then earns No. 72 with a seven-stroke runaway at the Michelob Ultra Open. Two days after her most recent title, she announces that she will retire at the end of the season.
The Future: Marriage, kids and furthering her Academy are certainly on the horizon. But her playing career is not yet done. She still has three more majors left in 2008, beginning with the McDonald's LPGA Championship (exclusive four-round coverage on GOLF CHANNEL) June 5-8. There are still more titles to win and more history to make.

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    By Nick MentaJuly 19, 2018, 4:45 pm

    “The Golf Club 2019” is adding a new name to its commentary team.

    Broadcaster Luke Elvy will join returning announcer and HB Studios developer John McCarthy for the title's third installment.

    Golf fans will recognize Elvy from his recent work with CBS in addition to his time with Sky Sports, FOX Sports, TNT, PGA Tour Live and PGA Tour Radio.

    A 25-year media veteran from Australia, he now works in the United States and lives with his family in Canada.

    "Ian Baker-Finch was my right-hand man on Australian televison," Elvy told in an interview at the Quicken Loans National. "And Finchy said to me, 'What are you doing here? You should be with me in the States.’ He introduced me to a few people over here and that's how the transition has happened over the last five or six years."

    Elvy didn't have any prior relationship with HB Studios, who reached out to him via his management at CAA. As for why he got the job, he pseudo-jokes: "They heard the accent, and said, 'We like that. That works for us. Let's go.' That's literally how it happened."

    He participated in two separate recording sessions over three days, first at his home back in February and then at the HB Studios shortly after The Players Championship. He teased his involvement when the game was announced in May.

    Although he doesn't describe himself as a "gamer," Elvy lauded the game's immediate playability, even for a novice.

    “It’s exactly how you’d want golf to be,” he said.

    "The Golf Club 2019" will be the first in the HB series to feature PGA Tour branding. The Tour had previously licensed its video game rights to EA Sports.

    In addition to a career mode that will take players from the Tour all the way through the FedExCup Playoffs, "The Golf Club 2019" will also feature at launch replicas of six TPC courses played annually on Tour – TPC Summerlin (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course (Waste Management Phoenix Open), TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course (The Players Championship), TPC Southwind (FedEx St. Jude Classic/WGC-FedEx St. Jude Championship), TPC Deere Run (John Deere Classic), and TPC Boston (Dell Technologies Championship).

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    By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 3:48 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jhonattan Vegas thought someone was playing a practical joke on him.

    Or maybe he was stuck in the middle of a horror movie.

    Scheduled to leave for The Open a week ago, he didn’t arrive at Carnoustie until a little more than an hour before his first-round tee time Thursday.

    “Even if somebody tried to do that on purpose,” he said, “you couldn’t really do it.”

    The problem was an expired visa.

    Vegas said that he must have gotten confused by the transposed date on the visa – “Guessing I’ve been living in America too long” – and assumed that he was cleared to travel.

    No problem, he was told. He’d have a new visa in 24 hours.

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    Except the consulate in New York didn’t respond to his application the next day, keeping him in limbo through the weekend. Then, on Monday, he was told that he’d applied for the wrong visa. UPS got shut down in New York and his visa never left, so Vegas waited in vain for seven hours in front of the consulate in Houston. He finally secured his visa on Wednesday morning, boarded a flight from Houston to Toronto, and then flew to Glasgow, the final leg of a 14-hour journey.

    His agent arranged a helicopter ride from Glasgow to Carnoustie to ensure that he could make his 10:31 a.m. (local) tee time.

    One more issue? His clubs never made it. They were left back in Toronto.

    His caddie, Ruben Yorio, scrambled to put together a new bag, with a mismatched set of woods, irons, wedges and putter.

    “Luckily the (equipment) vans are still here,” Vegas said. “Otherwise I probably would have played with members’ clubs today.”

    He hit about 20 balls on the range – “Luckily they were going forward” – but Carnoustie is one of the most challenging links in the world, and Vegas was working off of two hours’ sleep and without his own custom-built clubs. He shot 76 but, hey, at least he tried.

    “It was fun,” he said, “even though the journey was frustrating.”

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    'Brain fart' leads to Spieth's late collapse

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:44 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The closing stretch at Carnoustie has famously ruined many a solid round, so Jordan Spieth’s misadventures on Thursday should not have been a complete surprise, but the truth is the defending champion’s miscues were very much self-inflicted.

    Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.

    “The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”

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    Spieth continued to compound his problems with a sloppy bogey at the 16th hole, and a drive that sailed left at 18 found the Barry Burn en route to a closing bogey and a 1-over 72.

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    “That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”

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    Perez: R&A does it right, 'not like the USGA'

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:28 pm

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    “They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA,” Perez said of the setup at Carnoustie. “They've got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you've got the greens receptive. They're not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn't. The course is just set up perfect.”

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    Concerns at Shinnecock Hills reached a crescendo on Saturday when the scoring average ballooned to 75.3 and only three players broke the par of 70. Of particular concern for many players, including Perez, were some of the hole locations, given how fast and firm the greens were.

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