Bio

I am a very active person and I love what I do. I wake up in the morning with a ton of energy and I can’t wait to get started. My interests range from, cooking and sports, to music and gardening. Growing up in Sweden, I had access to play every sport that I could think of. My sister and I were very competitive, but still the best of friends. In my later teens golf become a passion of mine and I started to take it seriously. During the last 16 years, golf has taken me to many great places and I will have memories forever. It started when I attended the University of Arizona, to my first U.S. Open win, my introduction into the Hall of Fame, the honor to represent my country at the World Cup, and over 86 world wide wins. When I am not traveling to tournaments, I love spending my time in Lake Tahoe Skiing. I get goosebumps when I stand at the top of a black diamond and try to figure out my way down. I feel very fortunate to have the life I do and my days are complete when I spend time with family and friends, including my 4-legged ones!

- Annika Sorenstam

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Q & A

  1. It was awkward at first

    I didn't like the limelight and didn't want to be on stage. One of the coaches saw that I was missing putts on purpose so I didn't have to give a victory speech. So she had first, second AND third give speeches. So my master plan didn't work out. But I figured: if I have to give a speech anyways, I might as well win. Even now, I always get a little nervous. I've never been a person to say "hey, look at me"; I like to let my clubs do the talking.

  2. She developed a mantra

    I always just kind of say, "take it one shot at a time." I try to be positive in everything I do. My visor reads, "FACE THE FEAR." If there's something I don't like a challenge or something tough I'd rather get right to it. There's no sense in waiting and letting it linger.

  3. And learned to believe in her ability

    You have to trust yourself. I compare it to a boxer, you have you put the time in at the gym? Then let's go do it! Practice makes perfect and you have to translate what you practice to competition. So I don't hit shots I never hit, I hit what I know. It gives me piece of mind, knowing that I'm prepared when I step on the course. If there's a new shot you need to hit, go work on it. And when you're ready to put it in play, do it. I believe in my ability. I just try to find the ball and execute.

  4. By tuning out the hype

    I don't listen to what other people think, other than my coach or my caddie. I practice setting goals, then focus on achieving them. That's what I want to do. It's black and white, my game has strengths and it has areas where I need to spend time working on it. My goal is to be the best in every category, it's always more, more, more. They're lofty goals, for sure. But that's my motivation: why settle for anything but the very best?

  5. Cigarettes

    Are bad for you and bad for the environment. There is nothing good about them.

  6. Oakley

    Is different because they are innovative, trendy, functional and a leader in the industry.

  7. Fans

    Make you want to play to your potential. Fans support the tournaments and players. Fans complete the atmosphere.

  8. Once

    I lose my drive to get better or learn more, then it's time to move on to something new.

  9. Travel

    Can be tiresome for my work, but adventurous for pleasure.

  10. Family

    Is foundation. Family is love and always there through thick and thin.

Annika Sorenstam

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It's quite simple: I love the innovative technology. I want the latest in both performance and style. I want the best and I want to be the most prepared. Those are things I want to stand for in the game of golf. Those are things Oakley stands for with their design and technology.

Date of Birth:
October 10, 1970
Hometown:
Stockholm, Sweden
Sponsors:
Callaway Golf, Cutter & Buck, Ginn Resorts, Golf Digest, Kraft, Lexus, Merrill Lynch, NetJets and Rolex

Career Highlights

    • 89 Career Wins & 72 LPGA Career Wins
    • 10 LPGA Major Victories, including at least one victory at each of the Majors.
    • 3 time U.S. Women's Open Champion
    • 8 Rolex Player of the Year Awards: 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005
    • 8 time ESPY award winner, including Best Female Athlete and Best Female Golfer
    • Record holder for the lowest round, where Annika shot a 59
    • First player in LPGA history to cross the $20 million mark in career earnings, (currently at $22,000,000+)
    • Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2003
    • 6 Vare Trophy wins, for LPGA player with year's lowest scoring avg: 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2005
    • 1993 WPGET Rookie of the Year
    • 1994 Rolex Rookie of the Year
    • 2003 Patty Berg Award, for contributions to women's golf
    • 8 Golf Writers Association of America Female Player of the Year awards: 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005
    • 2 European Player of the Year awards: 2004 and 2005
    • 3 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year awards: 2003, 2004 and 2005
    • Lowest scoring average for one season: 68.69 (2004)