|Full name||Annika Charlotta Sörenstam|
|Born||9 October 1970|
Bro, Stockholm County, Sweden
|Height||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)|
|Residence||Orlando, Florida, U.S.|
|Spouse||David Esch (1997–2005)|
Mike McGee (m. 2009)
|Children||1 daughter, 1 son|
|College||University of Arizona|
|Current tour(s)||LPGA Tour (joined 1994)|
Ladies European Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|LPGA Tour||72 (3rd all time)|
|Ladies European Tour||17 (5th all-time)|
|LPGA of Japan Tour||7|
|Best results in LPGA major championships|
|Chevron Championship||Won: 2001, 2002, 2005|
|Women's PGA C'ship||Won: 2003, 2004, 2005|
|U.S. Women's Open||Won: 1995, 1996, 2006|
|du Maurier Classic||2nd: 1998|
|Women's British Open||Won: 2003|
|Achievements and awards|
|(For a full list of awards, see here)|
Annika Charlotta Sörenstam (pronounced [ˈǎnːɪka ˈsœ̂ːrɛnˌstam] ⓘ; born 9 October 1970) is a Swedish professional golfer. She is regarded as one of the best female golfers in history. Before stepping away from competitive golf at the end of the 2008 season, she had won 90 international tournaments as a professional, making her the female golfer with the most wins to her name. She has won 72 official LPGA tournaments including ten majors and 24 other tournaments internationally. After turning 50, she came back from her retirement and added a win in the 2021 U.S. Senior Women's Open.
In 2003, she achieved a career grand slam, winning, at least once in her career, each of the four tournaments recognized as major championships during the main part of her career.
Despite retiring from regular tournament golf in 2008, as of the end of 2022, she still topped the LPGA's career money list with earnings of over $22 million—over $2 million ahead of her nearest rival while playing 187 fewer events.
The winner of a record eight Player of the Year awards, and six Vare Trophies given to the LPGA player with the lowest seasonal scoring average, she is the only female golfer to shoot a 59 in competition. She holds various all-time scoring records including the lowest season scoring average: 68.6969 in 2004.
Representing Europe in the Solheim Cup on eight occasions between 1994 and 2007, Sörenstam was the event's all-time leading points earner until her record was surpassed by England's Laura Davies during the 2011 Solheim Cup. Sörenstam also was captain of the 2017 European Solheim Cup team.
Childhood and amateur career
She was born in Bro near Stockholm, Sweden. Sörenstam's father Tom was an IBM executive and her mother Gunilla worked in a bank. Her younger sister Charlotta, also became a professional golfer and LPGA Tour winner, and, after her playing career, coached at her sister's academy. Annika and Charlotta Sörenstam became the first two sisters to both win $1 million on the LPGA Tour.
As a child, Sörenstam was a talented all-around athlete. She was a nationally ranked junior tennis player, played association football (soccer) in her hometown team Bro IK, and was such a good skier that the coach of the Swedish national ski team suggested the family move to northern Sweden to improve her skiing year round.
The Sörenstam family began playing golf at Viksjö Golf Club in Jakobsberg, north of Stockholm and later switched to nearby Bro-Bålsta Golf Club, opened in 1980, initially with a 9-hole course. At the age of 12, Annika shared her first set of golf clubs with her sister. Annika got the odd numbered clubs and Charlotta the even - and earned her first handicap of 54.
At the European Tour tournament Scandinavian Enterprise Open in Stockholm in July 1986, she tried to be a volunteer caddie and was asked to stand in a line with all other candidates. When all male volunteer caddies finally had been chosen by the tournament professionals, three teen-age girls were left without a bag yet. It was Annika, Charlotta and Fanny Sunesson.
She was so shy as a junior, she used to deliberately three-putt at the end of a tournament to avoid giving the victory speech. The coaches noticed and at the next tournament both the winner and the runner-up had to give a speech. Sörenstam decided that if she were going to have to face the crowd anyway she might as well win and the deliberate misses stopped.
Swedish national team
Her successful amateur career included a win in the St Rule Trophy played at St Andrews and a runner-up finish in the Swedish national mother/daughter Championship. As a member of the Swedish National Team from 1987 to 1992, she played in the 1990 and 1992 Espirito Santo Trophy, winning the individual competition in 1992. While waiting to start college in Sweden, Sörenstam worked as a personal assistant at the Swedish PGA and played on the Swedish Golf Tour, winning three tournaments during 1990/1991.
University of Arizona
After a coach spotted Sörenstam playing in a collegiate event in Tokyo, she moved to the U.S. to play college golf at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She won seven collegiate titles and in 1991, became the first non-American and first freshman to win the individual NCAA Division I Championship. Sörenstam was 1991 NCAA Co-Player of the Year with Kelly Robbins, runner-up in the 1992 NCAA championship, 1992 Pac-10 champion and a 1991–92 NCAA All-American. She qualified for the U.S. Women's Open at Oakmont in July, made the cut, and tied for 63rd. A few weeks later at the U.S. Women's Amateur at Kemper Lakes near Chicago, she was the runner-up to Vicki Goetze, bogeying the last hole in the 36-hole final.
Sörenstam turned professional in 1992, but missed her LPGA Tour card at the final qualifying tournament by one shot, and began her professional career on the Ladies European Tour (LET), formerly known as the WPGET. She was invited to play in three LPGA Tour events in 1993, where she finished T38th, 4th, and T9th, earning more than $47,000. She finished second four times on the Ladies European Tour and was 1993 Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year. By tying for 28th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament she earned non-exempt status for the 1994 season. Sörenstam's first professional win came at the 1994 Holden Women's Australian Open on the ALPG Tour.
In the United States, Sörenstam was LPGA Rookie of the Year, had three top-10 finishes including a tie for second at the Women's British Open and made her Solheim Cup debut. Her breakout year was 1995, when she won her first LPGA Tour title at the U.S. Women's Open. She finished at the top of the Money List and was the first non-American winner of the Vare Trophy. She became the second player ever to be Player of the Year and Vare Trophy winner the year after being Rookie of the Year. A win at the 1995 Australian Ladies Masters and two other wins on the Ladies European Tour put her top of the LET Order of Merit and made her the first player to top both the European and LPGA Tour money lists in the same season. Her success worldwide resulted in her winning the Jerringpriset award in Sweden, the country's most prestigious award in sports as well as being awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal.
1996 saw Sörenstam win her home LET tournament, the Trygg Hansa Ladies' Open in Sweden and three LPGA tournaments including the U.S. Women's Open. In defending her title, she became the first non-American to win back to back U.S. Women's Open titles, passed the $1 million mark in LPGA career earnings, and won her second consecutive Vare Trophy.
She won six tour events in 1997, regaining the money list and player of the year titles. Internationally, she won on the JLPGA and defended her home LET title at the renamed Compaq Open. She became the first player in LPGA history to finish a season with a sub-70 scoring average of 69.99 en route to retaining the 1998 Player of the Year and Money List titles as well as winning the LET Swedish tour stop for the third time running. September 1999 saw Sörenstam change her on-course team replacing her caddie of six years, Colin Cann, with Terry McNamara.
At this point in her career, Sörenstam says she lost focus having reached her biggest goals. Karrie Webb became the best LPGA Tour player but Sörenstam still managed to win more LPGA tournaments than any other LPGA Tour player during the 1990s. She qualified for the World Golf Hall of Fame when she won the 2000 Welch's/Circle K Championship, but was not eligible for induction until finishing her tenth year on the LPGA tour in October 2003. Sörenstam was the first international player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame through the LPGA criteria.
Having lost her preeminent position, Sörenstam embarked on a new five-day-a-week exercise program including weight-lifting and balance work which by 2003 added over 20 yards (18 m) to her driving distance. During the 2001 season, she had eight LPGA wins, became the only female golfer to shoot a 59 in competition and the first LPGA player to cross the $2 million mark in single-season earnings. She set or tied a total of 30 LPGA records en route to regaining the Vare Trophy and winning her fourth Player of the Year and Money List titles in 2001. In a made-for-TV alternate shot competition between the two best male and female players in the world, Sörenstam and Tiger Woods beat Karrie Webb and David Duval.
At the end of that season Karrie Webb said she "would eat her hat" if Sörenstam repeated her eight wins in 2002. Sörenstam accomplished that feat, joining Mickey Wright as the only players to win 11 LPGA tournaments in one season, earning her fifth Player of the Year title and fifth Vare Trophy. She successfully defended the Kraft Nabisco Championship, her fourth major victory, and also won the ANZ Ladies Masters in Australia and Compaq Open in Sweden on the Ladies European Tour giving her 13 wins in 25 starts worldwide in 2002.
Sörenstam was invited to play in the PGA Tour's Bank of America Colonial golf tournament in Fort Worth, Texas, in May 2003, making her the first woman to play in a PGA Tour event since Babe Zaharias, who qualified for the 1945 Los Angeles Open. Vijay Singh, fourth in the world rankings at the time, criticised her invitation, saying that she should have to qualify like the men and that he did not want to be beaten by a woman. Cheered through each hole, she shot five over par, tying for 96th out of the 111 who finished the first two rounds. After shooting 1-over-par 71 in the first round, finishing in 73rd and on pace to challenge for a weekend spot, Sörenstam said she was nervous all day but pleased by her performance. In the first round she led the field in driving accuracy, was in the top 20 in greens in regulation, and was 84th out of 111 in driving distance. Poor putting (last in the field, averaging over a two-putt) caused her to miss the cut.
Later in the 2003 season, she won the LPGA Championship and the Women's British Open, becoming only the sixth player to complete the LPGA Career Grand Slam, winning, at least once in her career, each of the four tournaments recognized as major championships during the main part of her career. Five years earlier, in 1998, she finished second in the fifth major at the time, du Maurier Classic, which she won in 2001, the first year when it was not recognized as a major tournament anymore. She had won the Evian Masters twice, in 2000 and 2002, before it became recognized as the fifth major from 2013, which was after Sörenstam's retirement in 2008.
She had five other victories worldwide in 2003, set or tied a total of 22 LPGA records and earned her sixth Player of the Year award. She competed against Fred Couples, Phil Mickelson and Mark O'Meara in the 2003 Skins Game, finishing second with five skins worth $225,000; Sörenstam holed a 39-yard (36 m) bunker shot on the ninth hole—the eighth eagle in Skins Game history. In September, she was part of the winning European Solheim Cup team in her native Sweden. She was awarded her second Jerringpriset award in Sweden plus the 2003 Golf Writers' Trophy by the Association of Golf Writers.
Sörenstam's dominance continued in 2004 with her seventh LPGA Player of the Year award tying Kathy Whitworth for the most in LPGA history. She posted 16 top-10 finishes in 18 LPGA starts, including eight wins, had two additional international wins, became the first player to reach $15 million in LPGA career earnings and took her own LPGA single-season scoring average record to 68.69696, but played too few rounds to win the Vare Trophy. The Women's Sports Foundation gave her the 2004 Sportswoman of the Year Award, and the Laureus World Sports Academy named her World Sportswoman of the Year. She also released a combination autobiography and golf instructional book, Golf Annika's Way.
Sörenstam's life both on and off the golf course changed in 2005. In February, she announced that she had filed for divorce from David Esch, her husband of eight years, and this was finalised in August but it did not adversely affect her golf. Her achievements included being the first player in LPGA history to win a major three consecutive years at the LPGA Championship and the first golfer in LPGA or PGA history to win the same event five consecutive years at the Mizuno Classic. 11 wins in 21 tournaments entered worldwide included victory in the Scandinavian TPC hosted by Annika where she presented herself the trophy, giving her an eighth Money List title, tying the LPGA record, an eighth Rolex Player of the Year (POY) award (a record) and a sixth Vare Trophy. She is the only LPGA player ever to win Money List, POY award and Vare trophy in the same year in five different years. Team competition saw her make her seventh consecutive Solheim Cup appearance, her 4 points making her total 21, the event's all-time leading points earner, and the inaugural Lexus Cup was played with Sörenstam as the Captain of the victorious International Team.
These events resulted in her receiving numerous awards. The Golf Writers Association of America named Sörenstam Female Player of the Year for the eighth time (1995,1997, 2000–2005), Associated Press voted her Female Athlete of the Year for the third consecutive year and she became the first woman to win the Golf Writers' Trophy twice in the 55-year history of European golf's most prestigious award. Having previously won six Best Female Golfer ESPY Awards (1996, 1998–99, 2002–04), Sörenstam also received the 2005 ESPY Award as Best Female Athlete
When the first-ever official Women's World Golf Rankings were unveiled in February 2006, Sörenstam was confirmed as the number-one player in women's golf, a position she relinquished to Lorena Ochoa on 22 April 2007. In partnership with Liselotte Neumann in team Sweden, she won the Women's World Cup of Golf, opened her LPGA season with a defence of her title in the MasterCard Classic. She then went winless in eight starts, causing some to talk of a slump. Her winning drought ended at the U.S. Women's Open, where she won an 18-hole playoff over Pat Hurst for her tenth major championship title, tying her for third on the list of players with most major championship titles. She totalled 3 wins on the LPGA and two on the Ladies European Tour, the inaugural Dubai Ladies Masters and the Swedish tournament she hosts, which she defended in her home town at the course where she learned to play. Her International team lost the second Lexus Cup competition to Team Asia.
Sörenstam started 2007 by losing a playoff while defending of her MasterCard Classic title. At the Kraft Nabisco Championship she shot her highest 72-hole score in a major in nine years, a result explained by her subsequent diagnosis with ruptured and bulging discs in her neck, the first major injury in Sörenstam's 13-year LPGA career. After a two-month injury rehabilitation break, Sörenstam returned as the Ginn Tribute tournament hostess where she admitted to being at only 85% fitness and finished tied for 36th place. She was still not fully fit in her next two tournaments, the LPGA Championship where she finished tied for 15th place, and the US Women's Open, where, as defending champion, she finished tied for 32nd.
After an early round defeat at the World Matchplay Championship, Sörenstam finished sixth at the Evian Masters, 16th at the Women's British Open and ninth in the Swedish tournament she hosts on the Ladies European Tour. On her return to the US, Sörenstam had three top ten finishes but missed the weekend at the season closing ADT Playoffs for the second year running. However, Sörenstam did win a worldwide title at the Dubai Ladies Masters on the Ladies European Tour in November 2007.
Declaring herself recovered from injury and ready to return to a complete season of competitive golf in 2008, Sörenstam opened the year at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay where she captured her 70th LPGA Tour victory and first since September 2006. She won next at the Stanford International Pro-Am in April then following a week off, won again at the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill in a tournament record score, giving her three wins and over $1 million in earnings by mid-May. It was her 72nd and final ever win on the LPGA Tour.
In 2008, Sörenstam was highly critical of other female golfers who tried to play in the PGA Tour – her comments to Michelle Wie for playing on the men's tour: "I really don't know why Michelle continues to do this. We have a major this week and, if you can't qualify for a major, I don't see any reason why you should play with the men."
On 13 May 2008, Sörenstam announced at a press conference at the Sybase Classic that she would "step away" from competitive golf at the conclusion of the 2008 season. That night, she threw out the first pitch of the Washington Nationals/New York Mets baseball game at Shea Stadium in New York and the following day read the Top Ten on the Late Show with David Letterman. Her last tournament victory came in a playoff at the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open, an event co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and the Ladies Asian Golf tour. Her last scheduled tournament on the LPGA Tour was the season-ending ADT Championship in November, where she failed to make the weekend play in the event's unique playoff structure. Her final sanctioned LPGA appearance was as the winning captain of Team International at the 2008 Lexus Cup in Singapore. Her last professional tournament was the Dubai Ladies Masters on the Ladies European Tour in December 2008, where she finished tied for 7th.
Solheim Cup captaincy
At the 2013 Solheim Cup at the Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colorado, United States, Sörenstam participated as a non-playing assistant captain, selected by European Team captain Liselotte Neumann. During the match, an incident with Sörenstam involved, occurred. The Americans accused Sörenstam of telling a European caddie that European player Jodi Ewart Shadoff should concede a putt for par to Paula Creamer, so it could not show teammate Lexi Thompson the line for a coming putt. By the rules, only the captain were allowed to give advice to players during the competition. In the end, the 2013 match became an 18–10 triumph for the European team, winning on American soil for the first time and defending the cup for the first time.
For the 2015 Solheim Cup at Golf Club St. Leon-Rot, Germany, Sörenstam again was appointed an assistant captain by a Swedish European Team captain, this time Carin Koch. Two controversies with Sörenstam involved, given a lot of public attention, occurred during the match. The second day afternoon four-ball match between Suzann Pettersen and Charley Hull for Europe against Alison Lee and Brittany Lincicome, United States, was all square, when Lee missed a putt to win the 17th hole. Taking for granted that the next 18-inch putt was conceded, Lee picked up her ball. However, Pettersen pointed out that it was not conceded, and the Europeans won the hole. Koch and Sörenstam tried to convince Pettersen to change her mind and concede the putt, but as it was a fact that Lee had picked up her ball without the putt being given to her, it was not a possibility within the rules of golf, for the players to agree on the outcome of the hole and change the sequence of events afterwards. Pettersen/Hull eventually won the match.
Later during the 2015 Solheim Cup, after Koch and Sörenstam was seen in a discussion with U.S. captain Juli Inkster, Sörenstam explained that she was accused of giving advice, which she strongly denied. The 2015 match ended in a U.S. win 141⁄2–131⁄2, after a strong American come-back the last day, said to have been inspired by the incident with the not conceded putt.
Comeback as a senior
After turning 50 in October 2020, Sörenstam became eligible for the 2021 U.S. Senior Women's Open. It was played at Brooklawn Country Club, Fairfield, Connecticut and Sörenstam won by 8 shots, ahead of fellow countrywoman Liselotte Neumann after leading the tournament wire to wire, with her husband Mike McGee as her caddie. Ahead of the Senior Open, she played her first LPGA Tour event since 2008, finishing 74th at the 2021 Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio.
In 2012, Sörenstam founded the ANNIKA Invitational Europe, an annual amateur golf tournament in Sweden for European girls under 18. The tournament is a qualifying event for the European team in the Junior Solheim Cup since 2015 and has been rated up to level "A" in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
In 2014, the LPGA established the yearly Rolex Annika Major Award, named after Sörenstam, to recognize the overall best performance in the LPGA majors. Points are award for top-10 finishes in each major. The major winner with the most points at the end of the season wins the award.
In February 2015, Sörenstam became one of seven women, invited as the first female honorary members of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. The other six women were HRH Princess Anne, Dame Laura Davies, Renee Powell, Belle Robertson, Lally Segard and Louise Suggs. They joined the existing 15 male honorary members, whom included President George H. W. Bush, Peter Thomson CBE, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player.
In June 2021, Sörenstam hosted, together with fellow countryman Henrik Stenson, the Scandinavian Mixed hosted by Henrik and Annika, co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Ladies European Tour, taking place in Sweden, for the first time bringing 78 men and 78 women together to compete in the same tournament for the same prize money, but playing from different tees. Sörenstam played in the first edition of the tournament at Vallda Golf & Country Club as well as in the second edition in 2022 at Halmstad Golf Club.
In 2021, it was announced that Sörenstam will host an LPGA tournament in 2023; the ANNIKA Driven by Gainbridge at Pelican.
In 2022 Sörenstam accepted an invitation to become the first woman vice-president of the Association of Golf Writers, following in the footsteps of Sir Michael Bonallack, Tony Jacklin, Bernhard Langer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
Sörenstam began the transition from professional golfer to entrepreneur during the later years of her career, attempting to combine golf, fitness and charitable works into various businesses under the ANNIKA brand with the brand statement "Share my Passion". They are all promoted by her website on which there is a blog to which she and her staff regularly contribute.
Golf course design
Sörenstam has undertaken a number of golf course design projects. Her first, the Annika Course, was completed at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China, in 2003; the second was officially launched in January 2006 and opened in 2008 at Euphoria Golf Estate & Hydro in South Africa. She recently announced a new project at Mines Golf City, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Projects closer to home include a redesign of the Patriots Point Links Course near Charleston, South Carolina and a course at Red Mountain Resort, British Columbia. She and Jack Nicklaus lost out on their bid to build the Olympic golf course in Rio to Gil Hanse and his consultant Amy Alcott. In 2010, a golf course at Golden Bay Resort was opened in South Korea. She designed this golf course, and Hanhwa Hotels & Resorts Corporation developed. This was the first project for her after-retirement golf course design.
In an interview with CNN in October 2017, Sörenstam spoke about the difficulties of being a woman in the golf course design industry, saying that a common stereotype is that courses she designs will be 'short and easy'.
The ANNIKA Academy
The ANNIKA Academy at Ginn Reunion Resort in Reunion, Florida began construction in 2006 and opened in April 2007 with Sörenstam's longtime coach Henri Reis serving as head instructor, her sister Charlotta an instructor and club fitter, her personal trainer Kai Fusser focusing on overall fitness training, and with Sörenstam available for coaching on certain golfing packages. The opening ceremony included a Make-A-Wish Foundation golf clinic conducted by Sörenstam who is a United States ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and it also hosted clinics for junior golfers during The Annika Invitational, an American Junior Golf Association invitation-only event featuring the top 60 girls from around the world hosted by The ANNIKA Foundation.
The Annika Academy closed on 31 May 2016.
Other business ventures
Other branches of the ANNIKA business include a clothing line with Cutter & Buck, a limited label wine produced in partnership with Wente Vineyards, and a signature fragrance developed by SA Fragrances. Sörenstam also hosted the Ginn Tribute Hosted by Annika, an event on the LPGA Tour in 2007 and 2008, and the Scandinavian TPC hosted by Annika on the Ladies European Tour during its last four years from 2005 through 2008. She won the latter tournament in 2005 and 2006. Both tournaments had their last event in 2008.
One of Sörenstam's hobbies is cooking. She has participated in cooking demonstrations during LPGA tournaments and has talked about enrolling in cooking school. Before the 2003 season Sörenstam took the opportunity to improve her culinary skills by working eight-hour shifts in the kitchens of the Lake Nona Country Club. Sörenstam has had a serious interest in investments, real estate and the stock market since she earned her first LPGA check and in August 2006 was invited to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
Sörenstam met her first husband David Esch in 1994 on the driving range at Moon Valley Country Club, Phoenix, Arizona, where she was an LPGA rookie practicing for a tournament and he worked for club manufacturer Ping. They were engaged at the 1995 Evian Masters, married in Lake Tahoe on 4 January 1997. They divorced in 2005.
In August 2007, Sörenstam became engaged to Mike McGee, the managing director for the ANNIKA brand of businesses and son of former PGA Tour and Champions Tour player Jerry McGee. They married at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, Florida, on 10 January 2009.
Professional wins (97)
LPGA Tour wins (72)
|Major championships (10)|
|Other LPGA Tour (62)|
|1||16 Jul 1995||U.S. Women's Open||−2 (67-71-72-68=278)||1 stroke||Meg Mallon|
|2||24 Sep 1995||GHP Heartland Classic||−10 (69-67-70-72=278)||10 strokes||Jan Stephenson|
|3||15 Oct 1995||Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf||−6 (72-69-71-70=282)||Playoff||Laura Davies|
|4||2 Jun 1996||U.S. Women's Open (2)||−8 (70-67-69-66=272)||6 strokes||Kris Tschetter|
|5||13 Oct 1996||CoreStates Betsy King Classic||−18 (66-69-67-68=270)||8 strokes||Laura Davies|
|6||20 Oct 1996||Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf (2)||−14 (66-69-69-70=274)||1 stroke||Helen Alfredsson|
|7||12 Jan 1997||Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Champions||−16 (72-66-68-66=272)||4 strokes||Karrie Webb|
|8||22 Feb 1997||Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open||−10 (67-66-73=206)||1 stroke||Meg Mallon|
|9||6 Apr 1997||Longs Drugs Challenge||−3 (73-68-71-73=285)||Playoff||Pam Kometani|
|10||1 Jun 1997||Michelob Light Classic||−11 (70-69-66-72=277)||3 strokes||Hiromi Kobayashi|
|11||5 Oct 1997||CoreStates Betsy King Classic||−14 (70-67-68-69=274)||2 strokes||Kelly Robbins|
|12||23 Nov 1997||ITT LPGA Tour Championship||−11 (72-68-67-70=277)||Playoff|| Lorie Kane |
|13||7 Jun 1998||Michelob Light Classic (2)||−8 (67-73-68=208)||Playoff||Donna Andrews|
|14||28 Jun 1998||ShopRite LPGA Classic||−17 (66-65-65=196)||4 strokes||Juli Inkster|
|15||19 Jul 1998||JAL Big Apple Classic||−19 (67-66-65-67=265)||8 strokes||Joan Pitcock|
|16||13 Sep 1998||Safeco Classic||−15 (68-70-67-68=273)||5 strokes|| Laura Davies |
|17||11 Jul 1999||Michelob Light Classic (2)||−10 (68-72-68-70=278)||Playoff||Tina Barrett|
|18||3 Oct 1999||New Albany Golf Classic||−19 (68-66-69-66=269)||3 strokes||Mardi Lunn|
|19||13 Mar 2000||Welch's/Circle K Championship||−19 (67-68-67-67=269)||Playoff||Pat Hurst|
|20||21 May 2000||Firstar LPGA Classic||-19 (66-65-66=197)||1 stroke|| Cristie Kerr |
|21||17 Jun 2000||Evian Masters1||−12 (70-68-70-68=276)||Playoff||Karrie Webb|
|22||9 Jul 2000||Jamie Farr Kroger Classic||−10 (70-67-66-71=274)||Playoff||Rachel Hetherington|
|23||16 Jul 2000||Japan Airlines Big Apple Classic||−7 (69-65-72=206)||1 stroke||Rosie Jones|
|24||11 Mar 2001||Welch's/Circle K Championship (2)||−23 (65-68-67-65=265)||6 strokes|| Se Ri Pak |
|25||18 Mar 2001||Standard Register PING||−27 (65-59-69-68=261)||2 strokes||Se Ri Pak|
|26||25 Mar 2001||Nabisco Championship||−7 (72-70-70-69=281)||3 strokes|| Karrie Webb |
|27||14 Apr 2001||The Office Depot||−6 (71-73-66=210)||Playoff||Mi Hyun Kim|
|28||6 May 2001||Chick-fil-A Charity Championship||−13 (70-66-67=203)||Playoff||Sophie Gustafson|
|29||19 Aug 2001||Bank of Montreal Canadian Women's Open||−16 (71-68-64-69=272)||2 strokes||Kelly Robbins|
|30||28 Oct 2001||Cisco World Ladies Match Play Championship||1 up||Se Ri Pak|
|31||4 Nov 2001||Mizuno Classic2||−13 (66-67-70=203)||3 strokes||Laura Davies|
|32||2 Mar 2002||LPGA Takefuji Classic||−14 (64-66-66=196)||Playoff||Lorie Kane|
|33||31 Mar 2002||Kraft Nabisco Championship (2)||−8 (70-71-71-68=280)||1 stroke||Liselotte Neumann|
|34||12 May 2002||Aerus Electrolux USA Championship||−17 (65-72-70-64=271)||1 stroke||Pat Hurst|
|35||2 Jun 2002||Kellogg-Keebler Classic||−21 (63-67-65=195)||11 strokes|| Michele Redman |
|36||15 Jun 2002||Evian Masters1||−19 (68-67-65-69=269)||4 strokes|| Maria Hjorth |
Mi Hyun Kim
|37||30 Jun 2002||ShopRite LPGA Classic (2)||−12 (68-67-66=201)||3 strokes|| Carin Koch |
|38||8 Sep 2002||Williams Championship||−11 (68-66-65=199)||4 strokes||Lorie Kane|
|39||15 Sep 2002||Safeway Classic||−17 (69-62-68=199)||1 stroke||Kate Golden|
|40||6 Oct 2002||Samsung World Championship||−22 (66-67-68-65=266)||6 strokes||Cristie Kerr|
|41||10 Nov 2002||Mizuno Classic2 (2)||−15 (69-65-67=201)||2 strokes||Grace Park|
|42||24 Nov 2002||ADT Championship (2)||−13 (67-70-70-68=275)||3 strokes||Rachel Teske|
|43||6 Apr 2003||The Office Depot Championship||−5 (68-72-71=211)||4 strokes|| Se Ri Pak |
|44||1 Jun 2003||Kellogg-Keebler Classic||−17 (62-66-71=199)||3 strokes||Mhairi McKay|
|45||8 Jun 2003||McDonald's LPGA Championship||−6 (70-64-72-72=278)||Playoff||Grace Park|
|46||3 Aug 2003||Weetabix Women's British Open1||−10 (68-72-68-70=278)||1 stroke||Se Ri Pak|
|47||28 Sep 2003||Safeway Classic (2)||−15 (67-68-66=201)||1 stroke||Beth Daniel|
|48||9 Oct 2003||Mizuno Classic2 (3)||−24 (63-63-66=192)||9 strokes|| Grace Park |
Se Ri Pak
|49||21 Mar 2004||Safeway International||−18 (67-65-68-70=270)||4 strokes||Cristie Kerr|
|50||4 Apr 2004||Office Depot Championship||−9 (68-70-69=207)||3 strokes|| Ashli Bunch |
|51||30 May 2004||LPGA Corning Classic||−18 (65-67-70-68=270)||2 strokes|| Vicki Goetze-Ackerman |
|52||13 Jun 2004||McDonald's LPGA Championship (2)||−13 (68-67-64-72=271)||3 strokes||Shi Hyun Ahn|
|53||12 Sep 2004||John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic||−9 (66-68-70=204)||4 strokes||Shi Hyun Ahn|
|54||17 Oct 2004||Samsung World Championship||−18 (66-68-69-67=270)||3 strokes||Grace Park|
|55||7 Nov 2004||Mizuno Classic2 (4)||−22 (62-66-65=194)||9 strokes|| Michie Ohba |
|56||21 Nov 2004||ADT Championship (3)||−13 (66-68-72-69=275)||Playoff||Cristie Kerr|
|57||6 Mar 2005||MasterCard Classic||−7 (70-71-68=209)||3 strokes||Karrie Webb|
|58||20 Mar 2005||Safeway International||−11 (66-69-72-70=277)||Playoff||Lorena Ochoa|
|59||27 Mar 2005||Kraft Nabisco Championship (3)||−15 (70-69-66-68=273)||8 strokes||Rosie Jones|
|60||15 May 2005||Chick-fil-A Charity Championship||−23 (67-64-67-67=265)||10 strokes||Candie Kung|
|61||5 Jun 2005||ShopRite LPGA Classic||−17 (67-65-64=196)||4 strokes||Juli Inkster|
|62||12 Jun 2005||McDonald's LPGA Championship (3)||−11 (68-67-69-73=277)||3 strokes||Michelle Wie|
|63||18 Sep 2005||John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic||−5 (68-67-73=208)||1 stroke||Paula Creamer|
|64||16 Oct 2005||Samsung World Championship||−18 (64-71-66-69=270)||8 strokes||Paula Creamer|
|65||6 Nov 2005||Mizuno Classic2 (5)||−21 (64-67-64=195)||3 strokes||Jennifer Rosales|
|66||20 Nov 2005||ADT Championship (4)||−6 (69-70-74-69=282)||2 strokes|| Soo-Yun Kang |
|67||12 Mar 2006||MasterCard Classic (2)||−8 (67-71-70=208)||1 stroke|| Helen Alfredsson |
Seon Hwa Lee
|68||2 Jul 2006||U.S. Women's Open (3)||E (69-71-73-71=284)||Playoff||Pat Hurst|
|69||3 Sep 2006||State Farm Classic||−19 (70-68-69-62=269)||2 strokes||Cristie Kerr|
|70||16 Feb 2008||SBS Open at Turtle Bay||−10 (70-67-69=206)||2 strokes|| Russy Gulyanamitta |
|71||27 Apr 2008||Stanford International Pro-Am||−8 (68-67-70-70=275)||Playoff||Paula Creamer|
|72||11 May 2008||Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill||−19 (64-66-69-66=265)||7 strokes|| Allison Fouch |
LPGA Tour playoff record (16–6)
|1||1995||Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf||Laura Davies||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|2||1997||Longs Drugs Challenge||Pam Kometani||Won with par on second extra hole|
|3||1997||ITT LPGA Tour Championship|| Pat Hurst
|Won with par on third extra hole|
Hurst eliminated by par on first hole
|4||1998||Michelob Light Classic||Donna Andrews||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|5||1998||First Union Betsy King Classic||Rachel Hetherington||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|6||1999||Valley of the Stars Championship||Catrin Nilsmark||Lost to par on second extra hole|
|7||1999||Michelob Light Classic||Tina Barrett||Won with birdie on third extra hole|
|8||2000||LPGA Takefuji Classic||Karrie Webb||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|9||2000||Welch's/Circle K Championship||Pat Hurst||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|10||2000||Evian Masters1||Karrie Webb||Won with eagle on first extra hole|
|11||2000||Jamie Farr Kroger Classic||Rachel Hetherington||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|12||2001||The Office Depot||Mi-Hyun Kim||Won with par on first extra hole|
|13||2001||Chick-fil-A Charity Championship||Sophie Gustafson||Won with par on second extra hole|
|14||2002||LPGA Takefuji Classic||Lori Kane||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|15||2002||PING Banner Health||Rachel Teske||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
|16||2003||McDonald's LPGA Championship||Grace Park||Won with par on first extra hole|
|17||2003||Giant Eagle LPGA Classic|| Lorie Kane
|Teske won with birdie on third extra hole|
|18||2004||ADT Championship||Cristie Kerr||Won with bogey on first extra hole|
|19||2005||Safeway International||Lorena Ochoa||Won with par on first extra hole|
|20||2006||U.S. Women's Open||Pat Hurst||Won 18-hole playoff (Sörenstam:70, Hurst:74)|
|21||2007||MasterCard Classic||Meaghan Francella||Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole|
|22||2008||Stanford International Pro-Am||Paula Creamer||Won with par on first extra hole|
LPGA majors are shown in bold.
Ladies European Tour wins (17)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||18 Jun 1995||OVB Damen Open Austria||−22 (66-69-67-68=270)||3 strokes||Laura Davies|
|2||2 Jul 1995||Hennessy Cup||−17 (68-70-65-68=271)||1 stroke||Liselotte Neumann|
|3||25 Aug 1996||Trygg Hansa Ladies' Open||−13 (70-70-70-69=279)||1 stroke||Joanne Morley Alison Nicholas|
|4||24 Aug 1997||Compaq Open||−11 (67-67-73-70=277)||6 strokes||Catrin Nilsmark|
|5||23 Aug 1998||Compaq Open (2)||−9 (70-71-71-67=279)||10 strokes|| Helen Alfredsson |
|6||17 Jun 2000||Evian Masters1||−12 (70-68-70-68=276)||Playoff||Karrie Webb|
|7||24 Feb 2002||ANZ Ladies Masters3 (2)||−10 (74-64-71-69=278)||Playoff||Karrie Webb|
|8||15 Jun 2002||Evian Masters1 (2)||−19 (68-67-65-69=269)||4 strokes|| Maria Hjorth |
Mi Hyun Kim
|9||18 Aug 2002||Compaq Open (3)||−17 (67-66-68-70=271)||4 strokes||Sophie Gustafson|
|10||3 Aug 2003||Women's British Open1||−10 (68-72-68-70=278)||1 stroke||Se Ri Pak|
|11||29 Feb 2004||ANZ Ladies Masters3 (2)||−19 (69-70-65-65=269)||4 strokes||Karen Stupples|
|12||8 Aug 2004||HP Open (4)||−13 (70 72 69 64=275)||2 strokes||Carin Koch|
|13||7 Aug 2005||Scandinavian TPC hosted by Annika (5)||−4 (70-75-67-72=284)||1 stroke||Natalie Gulbis|
|14||13 Aug 2006||Scandinavian TPC hosted by Annika (6)||−21 (66 71 69 65=271)||1 stroke||Lorena Ochoa|
|15||29 Oct 2006||Dubai Ladies Masters||−18 (65-68-68-69=270)||6 strokes||Helen Alfredsson|
|16||19 Dec2007||Dubai Ladies Masters (2)||−10 (70-70-68-70=278)||2 strokes|| Laura Davies |
|17||2 Nov 2008||Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open||−13 (69-69-65=203)||Playoff||Ye Li-ying|
Ladies European Tour playoff record (3–0)
|1||2000||Evian Masters1||Karrie Webb||Won with eagle on first extra hole|
|2||2002||ANZ Ladies Masters3||Karrie Webb||Won on fourth extra hole|
|3||2008||Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open||Ye Li-ying||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
ALPG Tour wins (4)
- 1994 Holden Women's Australian Open
- 1995 Australian Ladies Masters
- 2002 ANZ Ladies Masters3 (2)
- 2004 ANZ Ladies Masters3 (3)
LPGA of Japan Tour wins (7)
- 1997 Hisako Higuchi Kibun Classic
- 2001 Mizuno Classic2
- 2002 Mizuno Classic2 (2)
- 2003 Nichirei Cup
- 2003 Mizuno Classic2 (3)
- 2004 Mizuno Classic2 (4)
- 2005 Mizuno Classic2 (5)
Swedish Golf Tour wins (4)
- 1990 Kanthal-Höganäs Open (as an amateur)
- 1990 Stora Lundby Ladies Open (as an amateur)
- 1991 Ängsö Ladies Open (as an amateur)
- 1993 Höganäs Ladies Open
Other wins (2)
- 1997 JCPenney/LPGA Skins Game (unofficial-money tournament on the LPGA Tour)
- 2006 Women's World Cup of Golf (team event with Liselotte Neumann) (unofficial-money tournament on the LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour)
- 1 Co-sanctioned by LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour
- 2 Co-sanctioned by LPGA Tour and LPGA of Japan Tour
- 3 Co-sanctioned by ALPG Tour and Ladies European Tour
Legends Tour wins (1)
|Legends Tour major championships (1)|
|Other Legends Tour (0)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||1 Aug 2021||U.S. Senior Women's Open||-12 (67-69-72-68=276)||8 strokes||Liselotte Neumann|
|1995||U.S. Women's Open||−2 (67-71-72-68=278)||1 stroke||Meg Mallon|
|1996||U.S. Women's Open||−8 (70-67-69-66=272)||6 strokes||Kris Tschetter|
|2001||Nabisco Championship||−7 (72-70-70-69=281)||3 strokes|| Akiko Fukushima, Rachel Hetherington, Janice Moodie,|
Dottie Pepper, Karrie Webb
|2002||Kraft Nabisco Championship||−8 (70-71-71-68=280)||1 stroke||Liselotte Neumann|
|2003||McDonald's LPGA Championship||−6 (70-64-72-72=278)||Playoff 1||Grace Park|
|2003||Weetabix Women's British Open||−10 (68-72-68-70=278)||1 stroke||Se Ri Pak|
|2004||McDonald's LPGA Championship||−17 (68-67-64-72=271)||3 strokes||Shi Hyun Ahn|
|2005||Kraft Nabisco Championship||−15 (70-69-66-68=273)||8 strokes||Rosie Jones|
|2005||McDonald's LPGA Championship||−11 (68-67-69-73=277)||3 strokes||Michelle Wie|
|2006||U.S. Women's Open||E (69-71-73-71=284)||Playoff 2||Pat Hurst|
1 Defeated Grace Park with par on first extra hole
2 Defeated Hurst in 18-hole playoff: Sörenstam (70), Hurst (74)
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T24||T2||T8||T7||T7||T17|
|U.S. Women's Open||T63||1||1||CUT||T41||CUT||T9|
|du Maurier Classic||T22||T45||T6||CUT||2||3|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||1||1||2||T13||1||T6||T31||T2|
|U.S. Women's Open||T16||2||4||2||T23||1||T32||T24|
|Women's British Open ^||T32||CUT||1||13||T5||T31||T16||T24|
|The Chevron Championship|
|Women's PGA Championship|
|U.S. Women's Open||CUT||CUT|
|The Evian Championship^^|
|Women's British Open|
^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001
^^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013.
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied for place
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||3||3||0||6||10||13||14||14|
|U.S. Women's Open||3||2||0||6||7||10||17||13|
|du Maurier Classic||0||1||1||2||3||4||6||5|
|Women's British Open||1||0||0||2||2||5||8||7|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 24 (2003 Kraft Nabisco − 2008 British Open)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 4 (4 times)
LPGA Tour record
|1993 †||3||3||0||0||0||2||4||n/a||n/a||71.09||n/a (5)|
|Totals^||307 (1994)||296 (1994)||72||46||24||207 (1994)||1||22,583,693||1|
Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.
On 12 January 2009, Sörenstam, who was ranked third the previous week despite having announced her retirement effective at the end of the 2008 season, was removed from the rankings. No official explanation was given for her removal. Sörenstam later posted in her personal blog that she asked to be removed.
- European Lady Junior's Team Championship (representing Sweden): 1990 (winners)
- Espirito Santo Trophy (representing Sweden): 1990, 1992 (individual winner)
- European Ladies' Team Championship (representing Sweden): 1991
- Solheim Cup (representing Europe): 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000 (winners), 2002, 2003 (winners), 2005, 2007, 2017 (non-playing captain)
- Lexus Cup (representing International team): 2005 (winners), 2006, 2007, 2008 (winners)
- World Cup (representing Sweden): 2006 (winners)
Solheim Cup record
lost to T. Green
won w/ C.Nilsmark 1 up
lost w/ C. Nilsmark 6&5
def. P. Bradley 2&1
halved w/ C. Nilsmark,
won w/ C. Nilsmark 1 up
won w/ K. Marshall 1 up,
halved w/ T. Johnson
def. D. Andrews 2&1
won w/ C. Matthew 3&2,
lost w/ C. Matthew 3&2
lost w/ C. Nilsmark 2 up,
won w/ C. Nilsmark 5&3
lost to J. Inkster 5&4
won w/ J. Moodie 1 up,
won w/ J. Moodie 1 up
lost w/ J. Moodie 2&1
halved w/ W. Ward
won w/ C Koch 3&2,
won w/ C. Koch 4&3
lost w/ M. Hjorth 2&1,
won w/ C. Koch 4&3
def. A. Stanford 3&2
won w/ S. Pettersen 4&3,
won w/ C. Koch 3&2
lost w/ C. Koch 1 dn,
won w/ S. Pettersen 1 up
def B. Daniel 4&3
won w/ S. Pettersen 1 up,
lost w/ C. Matthew 2 up
won w/ C. Matthew 2&1,
won w/ L. Davies 4&2
lost to M. Pressel 2&1
lost w/ C. Matthew 4&2,
won w/ C. Matthew 1 up
halved w/ M. Hjorth,
won w/ S. Pettersen 3&2
Awards and honors
- List of golfers with most Ladies European Tour wins
- List of golfers with most LPGA major championship wins
- List of golfers with most LPGA Tour wins
- Monday Night Golf
- Women's Career Grand Slam
- Lowest rounds of golf
Female golfers who have competed in men's PGA tournaments:
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