1970 Birthday of Annika Sorenstam
three-time Women’s Open champion,Swedish-born Annika Sorenstam is widely regarded as one of the finest women’s golfers in history. After a successful amateur career, which included the 1991 NCAA individual women’s title and low individual honors at the 1992 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, Sorenstam turned professional and earned rookie of the year honors in Europe and on the LPGA. In 1995, she earned her first professional victory when she won the U.S. Women’s Open, a title she successfully defended a year later. In 2001, during the second round of the Standard Register Ping, she became the first woman in LPGA history to record a 59. In 2002 she recorded an amazing 11 victories and a year later gained worldwide attention when she accepted a sponsor’s exemption to play in the PGA Tour’s Bank of America Colonial Tournament. She added a third U.S. Women’s Open title in 2006, for her 10th and final major title. Sorenstam retired at the end of the 2008 season to start a family. Ava, her daughter with husband Mike McGee, was born in September 2009. She retired with 72 official victories on the LPGA Tour. She remains active in the game, running her ANNIKA Academy, serving as a USGA Ambassador and on the board of directors for the LPGA.