Wednesday, June 1, 2005

the best golfer in the world

originally written on May 15, 2005...

Annika Sorenstam is the best golf in the world today, she has been for some time now. Does that mean she could tee it up with tiger (or phil or ernie or vijay) from the tips and take them one on one? Probably not, though I wouldnt put anything past her. That being said, right now she is the most dominant golfer on any tour. No not because she lapped the field at the nancy lopez chick-fil-a this weekend finishing 23 under par (no one was close to her once the second round got under way). And no not because she has the longest cut made streak on the lpga while tiger's streak ended this weekend at the byron. When she tees it up, everyone else is playing for second. She's been player of the year, money leader and lowest scoring average leader more times than any other player including 6 of the last 7 years. She only plays in about half the tournaments the other competitors play and she still wins more. Since 2000 she has won more tournaments than any other golfer on any tour... that includes tiger. Since the start of the 2001 season, she has won 37 times raising her total to 60 wins on the LPGA tour with an additional 20 wins in non-LPGA tourneys in Europe and Asia. She's 3rd all time in wins behind only Kathy Whitworth (88) and Mickey Wright (82) who both played in much smaller and depleited fields. She's already a member of the LPGA hall of fame; flat out, she dominates the field and they know it and she alone will decide when her dominance will end.

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