BERKSHIRE, England -- Annika Sorenstam can become the
first player to successfully defend all four modern-day major
titles with a victory at the Weetabix Women's British Open,
which begins Thursday at the Sunningdale Golf Club.
The Swedish superstar achieved her goal of completing the LPGA
career Grand Slam last year at the Women's British Open, edging
Se Ri Pak by one stroke with a 10-under 278 at Royal Lytham
& St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England.
"I remember crying because it was so emotional to win here,"
Sorenstam said. "That's what it's all about -- to play in a
major and to perform well."
Sorenstam had been a runner-up at this $1.6 million event in
1994, 1995 and 1999 before breaking through last year.
Sorenstam has captured back-to-back titles in the three other
majors -- the U.S. Women's Open in 1995 and 196, the Nabisco
Championships in 2001 and 2002 and the McDonald's LPGA
Championship in 2003 and 2004.
LPGA Tour and World Golf Hall of Fame member Mickey Wright is
the only player in LPGA history who successfully defended all
four designated majors during her career.
Sorenstam has won four events this year, including her seventh
career major at the McDonald's Championship in June. Last week,
she entered the final round of the Evian Masters with a
three-stroke lead, but lost by one shot to Australia's Wendy
Doolan, who closed with a 7-under 65.
The last major of the LPGA season will be held at Sunningdale
for the third time. Karrie Webb of Australia won the first time
here in 1997 and Pak captured the tournament the second time
around in 2001. Last year, Pak bogeyed the final hole and
finished in second.
Laura Davies, the long-hitting Englishwoman, will tee it up in
her home country with a chance to earn the requisite two points
she needs to qualify for the Hall of Fame of both the LPGA Tour and World Golf.
"I haven't won on the LPGA for just over three years now, but
I've won consistently in Europe the last few years," Davies
Davies had the first-round lead last week at the Evian Masters,
but finished fifth at 10 under.
Juli Inkster can become the second player to complete the Super
Career Grand Slam -- five different LPGA majors -- with a win
here. Inkster has triumphed at the Nabisco Championship, U.S.
Women's Open, McDonald's LPGA Championship and the former du
Webb is the only player to capture the Super Career Grand Slam.
The par-72 course is 6,392 yards.