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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | June 7, 2006
When the McDonald's LPGA Championship made its inaugural visit to the Bulle Rock golf course in Havre de Grace last year, Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb were in divergent phases of their Hall of Fame careers. Sorenstam, who earlier in the year had tied Nancy Lopez's LPGA record by winning five straight tournaments she entered, was being talked about as the greatest female golfer ever. Webb, once considered even better than Sorenstam, seemed almost embarrassed to celebrate her inclusion into the LPGA's Hall of Fame by simply showing up for the tournament to complete her 10th season on tour.
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By DAVID STEELE | June 9, 2008
So much for the orderly transfer of power. Late yesterday afternoon, Lorena Ochoa worked her way through the crowd that was cheering her and chanting her name as she headed off Bulle Rock's 18th green and to the scorer's trailer. About 15 minutes later, Annika Sorenstam made the same trek, except the crowds were cheering even louder. The cheers were not for the victor. The victor was still playing, heading back to the 18th tee for the playoff to decide the McDonald's LPGA Championship.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 8, 2005
The record has been sitting there for 20 years, ever since Kathy Whitworth won the last of her 88 career victories on the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour. It has become an elusive number, magical yet obscure given the status of women's golf these days compared with the PGA Tour. No one has come close to even threatening a mark that is six more wins than the record Sam Snead set among the men. Nancy Lopez stopped 40 wins short, JoAnne Carner was 45 shy. Annika Sorenstam is 27 wins behind Whitworth.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,Sun Reporter | June 6, 2008
When Annika Sorenstam, one of golf's most popular figures, announced last month that she was retiring after this season, her only visit to Maryland - at the McDonald's LPGA Championship - became a chance for fans to catch a final glimpse of the Hall of Famer. Though most have not met her, her fans talked and behaved yesterday as if they had a personal connection with the Swedish golfer. More than 100 trailed her from hole to hole, and she obliged many of the Sharpie-waving spectators with autographs after she shot 2-under-par 70 in the first round at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace.
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March 31, 2001
Founded: 1885 Location: Tucson, Ariz. Enrollment: 26,258 undergraduates Tuition and fees: $2,348 in-state, $9,804 out-of-state Famous alumni: Golfers Annika Sorenstam and Jim Furyk; Mattel chief Robert Eckert; former Phillies manager Terry Francona; former senator and cabinet member Mo Udall; actor Craig T. Nelson, astronaut Tom Jones. Academic ranking: No. 60, based on U.S. News & World Report's academic reputation score. School colors: Red and white Nickname: Wildcats. The orginal mascot, Rufus, was the gift of the 1915 freshman football team.
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By Courtesy of Visa Rewards "Read Me a Story" | June 7, 1998
Pippi Longstocking, often referred to as the strongest little girl in the world, is 9 years old and lives in a tiny Swedish town called Villa Villekulla. Together with Mr. Nilsson the monkey, her pet horse, and two friends, Tommy and Annika, Pippi inspires enthusiasm wherever she goes and finds herself in one rollicking adventure after another. Heiress to her father King Efraim's kingdom on Kurrekurredutt Island, Pippi aspires to become a pirate when she grows up because she enjoys frolicking in the sea and diving for oysters.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | November 22, 2005
The sign that Fred Funk had arrived among the world's elite golfers came when he won the prestigious Players Championship earlier this year in his adopted hometown of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., at age 48, becoming the oldest winner in the history of what is considered the PGA Tour's fifth major. Along with the $1.44 million first-prize check and a five-year exemption to all tour events, Funk also received an automatic berth to play in the Merrill Lynch Skins Game. The two-day event will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Trilogy Golf Club in La Quinta, Calif.
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By RICK MAESE | June 4, 2008
Nearly two years removed from her last major - and three weeks since announcing her retirement - and still four months before her 38th birthday, Annika Sorenstam addressed the media yesterday, quaint and polite as ever. As she prepared for the final McDonald's LPGA Championship of her brilliant career, Sorenstam explained that walking away from the game was made easier knowing that she's leaving LPGA in good hands. "I think the tour is as good as it's ever been," Sorenstam declared. And though she's probably right, I'm not sure it really matters.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | May 23, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - Dan Forsman and Steve Elkington were walking down the 10th fairway at Colonial Country Club yesterday morning when they noticed the huge crowd on the adjacent hole. Annika's Army was marching up the 17th fairway, following their leader. "I said it looked like Tiger's gallery when he's in town," Forsman said later, referring to Tiger Woods. "That's substantial. It was great to see, and ... everyone was clapping for her as she went along. That's cool. That's really neat.
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By JERRY CROWE and JERRY CROWE,LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 17, 2005
Palm Desert, Calif. -- Michelle Wie's first professional tournament ended the way many women's golf tournaments do: with Annika Sorenstam carding the lowest score, collecting the winner's share of the purse and carting home a trophy. Sorenstam's stop-and-start final round of 3-under-par 69 beneath dark, threatening skies and intermittent showers yesterday gave the defending champion a 72-hole total of 18-under 270, good enough for an eight-shot victory in the Samsung World Championship at Bighorn Golf Club.
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By RICK MAESE | June 4, 2008
Nearly two years removed from her last major - and three weeks since announcing her retirement - and still four months before her 38th birthday, Annika Sorenstam addressed the media yesterday, quaint and polite as ever. As she prepared for the final McDonald's LPGA Championship of her brilliant career, Sorenstam explained that walking away from the game was made easier knowing that she's leaving LPGA in good hands. "I think the tour is as good as it's ever been," Sorenstam declared. And though she's probably right, I'm not sure it really matters.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN REPORTER | May 14, 2008
Annika Sorenstam followed the legacies of LPGA legends Mickey Wright and Nancy Lopez in being proclaimed by some as the greatest female player in the history of golf. Now Sorenstam is following Wright and Lopez in another way - early retirement. Sorenstam, 37, announced yesterday that her Hall of Fame career will end after this season. The stunning news came two days after Sorenstam got her 72nd tour victory, winning by seven strokes. Saying that she was going to be "stepping away" from competitive golf, Sorenstam has decided to pursue her outside interests while making her private life a priority.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN REPORTER | June 8, 2007
There were only two recognizable blips on the radar screen heading into yesterday's opening round of the 53rd LPGA Championship at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace. They belonged to three-time champion Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie. As expected, there are now a lot more blips on the screen. Though Sorenstam and Wie continued to get their share of attention, three lesser-known players got their share of the lead. Veteran Kim Saiki-Maloney was the first in the field to shoot a 5-under-par 67, followed by 2005 U.S. Women's Open champion Birdie Kim of South Korea and Angela Park, the tour's leading rookie this year.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,sun reporter | June 3, 2007
The torch was passed quietly earlier this year, not surprising given the reserved personalities of the two players involved. It had been long anticipated, considering how Lorena Ochoa had already replaced Annika Sorenstam on top of the LPGA money list at the end of last season. Yet it still takes a little getting used to that Sorenstam, after a five-year reign as the game's dominant female golfer and maybe the best in LPGA history, is no longer ruling her sport as the No. 1-ranked player in the world.
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By DAVID SELIG and DAVID SELIG,SUN REPORTER | June 12, 2006
As Annika Sorenstam made the turn and walked toward the 10th tee yesterday, a young boy asked if he could have her golf ball. "No, I have more to play," Sorenstam responded with a smirk. Despite starting the day six shots off the pace, Sorenstam attacked that back nine like she was among the leaders. She rallied to 6-under before a three-putt on 18 left her at 5-under and ended her streak of three straight LPGA championships. "I knew I had to go low today," said Sorenstam, who had her best round of the weekend with a 68 and tied for ninth place.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | June 7, 2006
When the McDonald's LPGA Championship made its inaugural visit to the Bulle Rock golf course in Havre de Grace last year, Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb were in divergent phases of their Hall of Fame careers. Sorenstam, who earlier in the year had tied Nancy Lopez's LPGA record by winning five straight tournaments she entered, was being talked about as the greatest female golfer ever. Webb, once considered even better than Sorenstam, seemed almost embarrassed to celebrate her inclusion into the LPGA's Hall of Fame by simply showing up for the tournament to complete her 10th season on tour.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | June 10, 2005
Think Annika Sorenstam was upset after spinning her wheels over the last five holes yesterday and allowing Natalie Gulbis, Laura Diaz and Laura Davies to pass her as the McDonald's LPGA Championship began a new era at Bulle Rock? No chance. Even though her 4-under-par 68 was bettered by a trio of 67s in a first round marked by a rain delay and an eclectic leader board that ranged from Davies, 41, to Michelle Wie, 15, Sorenstam is perfectly positioned to become the first to win this event three straight times.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,Sun Reporter | June 6, 2008
When Annika Sorenstam, one of golf's most popular figures, announced last month that she was retiring after this season, her only visit to Maryland - at the McDonald's LPGA Championship - became a chance for fans to catch a final glimpse of the Hall of Famer. Though most have not met her, her fans talked and behaved yesterday as if they had a personal connection with the Swedish golfer. More than 100 trailed her from hole to hole, and she obliged many of the Sharpie-waving spectators with autographs after she shot 2-under-par 70 in the first round at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | March 16, 2006
Superstition Mountain, Ariz. -- The attention paid to this year's much-celebrated rookie class on the LPGA Tour has left Annika Sorenstam in a position she covets - out of the glare of the spotlight, if only for the moment. It changed a little Sunday in Mexico, when Sorenstam won her season-opening event for the third straight year. It could change even more this week when she tries to win the Safeway International for the third straight year. Three-peats - and four-peats - are the norm for the best women's golfer in the world and possibly the best female player of all time.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | November 22, 2005
The sign that Fred Funk had arrived among the world's elite golfers came when he won the prestigious Players Championship earlier this year in his adopted hometown of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., at age 48, becoming the oldest winner in the history of what is considered the PGA Tour's fifth major. Along with the $1.44 million first-prize check and a five-year exemption to all tour events, Funk also received an automatic berth to play in the Merrill Lynch Skins Game. The two-day event will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Trilogy Golf Club in La Quinta, Calif.
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