In 2017, Annika Sörenstam, one of the most successful golfers in history, captained the European team for the 2017 Solheim Cup at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa, from August 14-20, 2017. The eight-time Solheim Cup player, who also served as a vice captain in the last three contests, took the reigns for the 15th Solheim Cup. Despite the 16 1/2 – 11 1/2 defeat in Des Moines, the week will go down as one of Annika’s career highlights.
Depot Championship Hosted by Amy Alcott, the Kellogg-Keebler Classic, the McDonald’s LPGA Championship, Weetabix Women’s British Open, completing the Career Grand Slam, the Safeway Classic and she three-peated at the Mizuno Classic. Also placed second at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, tied for second at the LPGA Takefuji Classic and the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic, tied for third at the Safeway PING Presented by Yoplait, finished fourth at the Samsung World Championship, placed sixth at the Michelob Light Open at Kingsmill, placed fourth at the U.S. Women’s Open. Also won the Solheim Cup with Europe at Barsebäck. Became the first woman in 58 years to play on the PGA Tour when she teed up at the Colonial Bank of America Tournament in Fort Worth. In 2004, won half of the events she played in with ten victories around the world. In 2005, won eleven events around the world including two majors: the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the McDonald’s LPGA Championship, taking her total tally of majors to nine. Collected her eighth Rolex Player of the Year award and eighth ADT Official Money List title on the LPGA Tour. Won her sixth Vare Trophy with the fourth lowest scoring average in LPGA history, 69.33. Became the only player in LPGA history to sweep Rolex Player of the Year honours, the Vare Trophy and the ADT Official Money List title five times (Kathy Whitworth earned all three in 1966, 1967, 1971 and 1972).Won four points out of a possible five at The 2005 Solheim Cup at Crooked Stick and became the event’s all-time leading points earner with 211/2 points. In 2006, her second place finish at the John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic hoisted her over the $20 million mark in career earnings ($20,000,980). Won her 10th major championship at the US Women’s Open. (See 2006 Highlights for details). Won one event after injury in 2007: the Dubai Ladies Masters on the LET.
In 2008 Annika, the greatest female golfer for a generation, stepped away from competitive play at the end of the 2008 season following the Dubai Ladies Masters in the UAE. At the time of her stepping away she was ranked 3rd in the world and still very much on her game. She won four times around the world in 2008, with one win on the LET and three titles on the US LPGA Tour: the SBS OPEN at Turtle Bay, Stanford International Pro-Am, 2008 Michelob ULTRA Open. Secured her 89th career title at the inaugural Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open in China on the Ladies European Tour. Defeating China’s Li Ying Ye at the second extra hole of a sudden death playoff.