Today in Sports History: June 2

In 1996, former Swedish professional golfer, Annika Sörenstam won the Women’s Golf US Open at the Pine Needles golf course. Sörenstam won by 6 shots ahead of former American professional golfer, Kris Tschetter.

Sörenstam played professional golf for 26 years. She won 90 worldwide tournaments during her career, 72 of those were on the LPGA Tour, and 10 of them were majors. She was named player of the year eight times, the GWAA Female Player of the Year five times, and remains the only female golfer to shoot a 59 in an LPGA tournament. 

She won the Solheim Cup four times (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002) and inwon the Athlete of the Year award in Sweden in 1995. She won the U.S. Women’s Open and in 1995, 1997-98, 2001-02 she was named the Rolex Player of the Year. 

In 1995-96, 1998, and 2001-02 she also won the Vare Trophy for recording the lowest scoring average. In 2001, she won the Nabisco Championship and she set or tied 20 different LPGA records. She ended up having a total of 42 official and two unofficial total career victories overall. 

In 2003, she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame for her incredible accomplishments during her professional career. She was also awarded the Patty Berg Award in 2003, the Bob Jones Award in 2012, and the Old Tom Morris Award in 2014. 

Sörenstam retired in 2008 to focus on her family and the next chapter in her life. She became the first female member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and was awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump in 2021. 

After 13 years post-retirement, Sörenstam qualified for the U.S. Senior Women’s Open and she played her first LPGA Tour event as a competitor since retirement at the 2021 Gainbridge LPGA. She made the cut and finished in 74th place. She went on to play in the U.S. Senior Women’s Open and won in her post-retirement debut.

Sörenstam recently announced she will play in this exact tournament which will be 14 years since she was a professional. She is set to compete in this year’s Women’s Open at Pine Needles June 2-5 in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

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