Annika Sorenstam, 20 years ago historic 59

On March 16, 2001 Annika Sorenstam, in the second round of the Standard Register Ping, signed the lowest lap in the history of the LPGA Tour: 59.

It has been 20 years since the Swedish champion achieved a record that still stands today in the world of women’s golf. 2001 was her golden year. In that year she collected 30 records, including the best average ever (69.42), also collecting 4 consecutive victories on the top American women’s circuit.

Annika Sorenstam, biography

Retired from professionalism in 2008, in the World Golf Hall of Fame since 2003, Sorenstam was appointed president of the International Golf Federation in December 2020. Last February the Scandinavian champion returned to play, for the first time in 13 years, an official event of the LPGA Tour (where she boasts 72 titles, a figure including 10 Majors), the Gainbridge Championship, even surpassing the cut. A whim, yes, but not a return to the competitions that matter most. With the intention, now, to write important pages even outside the greens.

A day after the invasion of the US Capitol building, Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump in a closed-door ceremony. The White House confirmed this in a press release.

This prestigious award is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, which is awarded by the President to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

The world knows Annika on a first-name basis after her legendary 15-year professional golf career that broke world records and forever changed the way women’s golf is played. Annika earned her way into the World Golf Hall of Fame after becoming the only player in Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour history to shoot 59, achieve 89 worldwide victories (including 72 LPGA and 10 Major Championships), and be awarded prestigious titles including the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year and the Golf Writers Association of America Female Athlete of the Year.

In 2008, Annika stepped beyond professional golf to focus on her family, foundation, and brand. Annika is an athlete, philanthropist, and entrepreneur who has committed her life to winning. Gary J. Player is a men’s golf legend who has won 165 professional golf tournaments worldwide and is one of only five men to ever capture golf’s coveted Career Grand Slam.