The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Annika Sorenstam Wins Tournament She Completely Forgot She Entered
Originally posted 5/16/2005

Above: golfer Annika Sorenstam is seen here during the Chick-Fil-A Charity Championship, which she forgot that she ever entered
STOCKBRIDGE, GA - Golfer Annika Sorenstam notched her 60th career LPGA victory Sunday in the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship, a tournament she had no idea she was actually playing in. "This is really a thrill to get to this milestone," said Sorenstam, who won the tournament by 10 strokes while playing what she thought were four leisurely practice rounds. "Once they told me that I was playing in a tournament, and that I'd won, I was really excited."

Sorenstam said that she woke up Thursday morning knowing she'd come to Stockbridge, site of the Chick-fil-A tournament, for some reason, but had no idea what it was. "I travel a lot, I've always got lots of stuff on my schedule, that this tournament just slipped my mind," Sorenstam said. "I decided I'd get some practice rounds in while I had a free weekend, though. Then after I finished up my last round, someone was like, 'Hey, 23 under par, that's incredible.' And I was like, 'What?'"

Sorenstam has won six of the last seven tournaments in which she has played, and has competed ably in PGA events against the best male golfers in the world. "I always thought that growing up to be a professional golfer would be really great," said Chick-fil-A runner-up Candie Kung. "But it isn't really that fun. Even when she loses, you kind of feel like you did when you beat your mom at checkers when you were six. It's fun to win, but, you know she sort of just let you."

Sorenstam is now tied for third place on the LPGA Tour's career victory list with Patty Berg, 22 wins behind Mickey Wright and 28 behind all-time leader Kathy Whitworth. "I'd love get set the record before my career is over," Sorenstam said. "I want to go back to Sweden this fall and visit my family, but, other than that, I guess I should probably be able to hit 88 career wins by about Halloween."

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