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The 50th anniversary of the Women's Open
witnessed record crowds watching Sweden's Annika Sorenstam win her first
Women's Open championship. Played on the East Course of the Broadmoor
Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colo., the event featured a gathering of
25 champions, among them Patsy Berg, Louis Suggs, and Betsy Rawls, who
reminisced about the first half century of history pertaining to the ultimate
test of women's golf.
Sorenstam quietly but methodically worked
her way around the layout, laboring in the shadow of more celebrated players
and past champions such as Betsy King, Pat Bradley, and Meg Mallon. Mallon,
in fact, had recorded an extraordinary third round of 66, to give her
a 54-hole score of 205, which represented a new Women's Open record.
Although Mallon stumbled home with a final
round of 74, she remained in contention until the final hole when her
15-foot birdie putt stopped four inches wide left. Thus Sorenstam who
earlier had finished her round with a two-under 68, claimed a one-stroke
victory with a two-under par total of 278.
Sorenstam became the 13th player to make
the Women's Open her first professional victory in the United States.
This list included four consecutive champions beginning in 1985: Kathy
(Baker) Guadagnino, Jan Geddes, Laura Davies, and Liselotte Neumann.
Starts - 15
Best Finish - Winner in 1995, '96 & 2006
Rds - 56
Cuts Made - 13
Top 3 - 5
Top 5 - 6
Top 10 - 7
Top 25 - 10
Avg. - 72.13
Scores In 60s - 11
Rds Under Par - 16
Earnings - $1,961,042.00