Annika Sorenstam is linked with Babe Zaharias again, although this has nothing to do with competing against men.
The Swedish golf star turned a season that had all the trappings of a struggle into another year of superlatives, becoming the first woman in 19 years to capture the first two legs of the Grand Slam, winning 10 times on the LPGA Tour and twice putting the teenagers in their place. And she was a landslide winner as The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, making Sorenstam the first golfer since Zaharias (1945-47) to win the award three straight years."I am flattered and honored to be chosen by so many different editors," said Sorenstam, who received 47 of 81 votes cast by AP newspaper and broadcast members.
But she found refuge inside the ropes, adding a few more tournaments than usual, and winning at an alarming rate."Golf has been my savior, there's no doubt about that," she said.
Sorenstam won the first three tournaments, giving her five straight LPGA Tour victories dating to the end of 2004 to match the record set by Nancy Lopez.
For Paul Azinger, Olin Browne and several other players, the season appears to have ended. Event Karrie Webb of Australia birdied four of the final five holes yesterday for an eight-under-par 64 and a two-stroke lead in the Kellogg-Keebler Classic in Aurora, Ill.
Joey Sindelar (68) and Hunter Mahan (65) are two shots behind. KNICKS SIGN GUARDCorey Pavin started strong and finished with a flourish for one of the best rounds of his career and a three-stroke lead at the inaugural Buick Championship yesterday in Cromwell, Conn. Accurate around and on the greens on a day when the putting surface was especially tricky, Sorenstam was one shot in front of Jill Mc Gill and Meg Mallon in the 54-hole event.S.) is more than her total earnings on the golf course all year. Barring a bad drop that gets her disqualified, or a recurring wrist injury that causes her to withdraw, she is guaranteed her largest competitive paycheque this season.That's only because the Samsung World Championship doesn't have a cut and last-place money of ,499 (U.Jill Mc Gill is an American professional golfer on the LPGA Tour. She played college golf at the University of Southern California and won the U. She was tied with Jill Mc Gill, who is seeking the first victory of her seven-year L. In a situation where nothing but excellence would do, Inkster played perhaps the finest round of her Hall of Fame career. career yesterday, part of a six-under-par 66 that gave her a share of the Corning (N. Ammaccapane, who opened with a 66, made three of her five birdies on the back nine in the second round yesterday. Mc Gill, who had an eagle and six birdies, was seven under heading to the final hole, but she The skill and determination of Juli Inkster swept through the Kansas plains like a tornado today, building momentum and sweeping aside anything, or anyone, standing in her way.S.) is more than her total earnings on the golf course all year. The focus has shifted from whether Wie will break par to whether the 18-year-old (as of tomorrow) from Hawaii should be included in the 20-player field gathered at Bighorn Golf Club in the California desert.