ANNIKA SÖRENSTAM

JASON DAY

Lydia Ko

PATRICK CANTLAY

CHARLES HOWELL III

ANNIKA SÖRENSTAM

PETER JACOBSEN

WESLEY BRYAN

NATALIE GULBIS

MARK O'MEARA

JOHNNY MILLER

JAMIE SADLOWSKI

MARK PFEIL

Annika is the greatest female golfer of our generation, and often regarded as the best of all-time.  During her 15 year, Hall-of-Fame career, she rewrote the LPGA and Ladies European Tour record books, won countless awards, and changed the way women’s golf was played, viewed and covered.

She amassed 89 worldwide victories, including 72 on the LPGA and 10 Major Championships.  Annika holds a record number of Rolex Player of the Year awards (eight) and Vare Trophies for the lowest scoring average in a season (six). As the only female to break 60 in an official event, she has been nicknamed “Ms. 59.”  Perhaps most notably, Annika received worldwide media attention when she became the first woman to play in a PGA TOUR event since 1945, joining the men at the 2003 Colonial Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas.

Annika was the first female to cross the $20 million mark for LPGA career earnings. Her $22 million-plus still tops the All Time Money List despite not competing since the 2008 season. Annika was the recipient of the Patty Berg award in 2003 for her contributions to women’s golf. She was the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year from 2003-2005, and the Golf Writers Association of America Female Athlete of the Year in 1995, 1997 and from 2000-2005. She has represented Europe as a player in eight Solheim Cups, as a vice-captain three times and Captained the European team in 2017.

Annika stepped away from professional golf after the 2008 season to focus on her family and the ANNIKA brand of businesses. Annika also appears at times as an Analyst for NBC Golf’s broadcast of LPGA Major Championships.

In 2007, Annika created the ANNIKA Foundation, which provides golf opportunities at the junior, collegiate and professional levels while teaching young people the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition. It has partnered with key organizations to promote healthy, active lifestyles for children. Some initiatives are SPARK, the Florida Hospital for Children in support of its Healthy 100 Kids initiative and The First Tee in development of the Nine Healthy Habits curriculum for children. 

With the support of 3M, the Haskins Commission and Golfweek, the Foundation created the ANNIKA Award Presented By 3M in 2014. It is given annually to the best collegiate female golfer. In concert with the award, the Foundation launched the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented By 3M, a college tournament featuring 12 of the top Division I schools. 

In 2008, Annika joined Arnold Palmer as only the second Ambassador of the United States Golf Association. She and Jack Nicklaus were named Global Ambassadors by the International Golf Federation to help with golf’s successful bid for inclusion in the 2016 Olympic Games.  Annika won the USGA’s prestigious Bob Jones Award in 2011, which is presented annually to someone with distinct character on and off the course. In 2013, she was named the First Lady of Golf by the PGA of America. The following year the LPGA, in partnership with Rolex, created the Rolex ANNIKA Major Award. It recognizes the player who, during a current LPGA Tour season, has the most outstanding record in all five major championships. In 2015, Annika was named the top female athlete of all-time in her home country of Sweden.  In early 2018, Annika was ranked the No. 6 “Most Dominant” athlete of last 20 years (No. 1 woman) by ESPN The Magazine.

In addition to expanding her brand and growing the game, Annika and her husband Mike McGee have two children, Ava (9/1/09) and Will (3/21/11).

FAST FACTS

BIRTHDATE
OCTOBER 9, 1970
HOMETOWN
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
RESIDENCE
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
EDUCATION
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
LEXUS PARTNERSHIP
2006–PRESENT

 

LPGA VICTORIES (72)

 

LPGA MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORIES

1995 U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN
1996 U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN
2001 NABISCO CHAMPIONSHIP
2002 KRAFT NABISCO CHAMPIONSHIP
2003 MCDONALD’S LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY AIG
2003 WEETABIX WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN
2004 MCDONALD’S LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA
2005 KRAFT NABISCO CHAMPIONSHIP
2005 MCDONALD’S LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA
2006 U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN

 

INTERNATIONAL VICTORIES (18)

 

NATIONAL TEAMS (13)

SOLHEIM CUP (9)
LEXUS CUP, INTERNATIONAL TEAM CAPTAIN (4)

 

Annika Sörenstam Official Website

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