Sunday, April 27, 2008

Annika Picks Up #71

Annika Sorenstam is fearless when Lorena Ochoa is not in the field. She picked up her 71st career victory and second of the season (both without Ochoa in the field) in a playoff against Paula Creamer in the Stanford International Pro-Am. Sorenstam beat the Pink Panther after Creamer could not summon enough to sink a par putt on the par 5 18th in the playoff. It was a shocking end to the event, but was Creamer's first appearance in a LPGA Tour playoff. For Sorenstam, it was her 16th win in 22 appearances. The disparity showed.

A first-time playoff participant, Creamer said her hands shook grasping her putter.

Sorenstam was the polar opposite, exuding nothing but cool confidence. And it showed.

Sorenstam's par on the lone extra hole Sunday was good enough to beat Creamer and win the Stanford International Pro-Am, the Swede's 71st career victory on the LPGA Tour and one where she rallied from a one-shot deficit in the final two holes of regulation.

"That's what I love. That's why I do this," Sorenstam said. "Not to say I want to have playoffs every week, but it's a lot of drama and you have to hit that certain shot when it counts."
Annika has a top 10 finish in every start but her last at the Ginn Open, won by Ochoa. She won the season opener without Ochoa in the field and has now won this event. She is 2 for 3 in events in which Ochoa has not played - the Fields Open being the other. Combined for the season, Sorenstam has been outmatched by Ochoa by over 40 shots in common events. This victory, though, clearly positions Annika as the #2 on the LPGA Tour.

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