Sorenstam wins the Chick-fil-A championship

Annika Sorenstam cruised to a 10-stroke victory in the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship on Sunday.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:52 IST
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For Annika Sorenstam, the 60th career win was one of her easiest. The Swede cruised to a 10-stroke victory in the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship on Sunday, shooting a bogey-free 67 that turned the final round into nothing more than an 18-hole victory lap. She finished with a 23-under 265 at Eagle's Landing Country Club south of Atlanta, matching the biggest 72-hole win of her career. With a double-digit lead to start the final round, the unflappable Swede made birdie on the 13th hole, to lower her score to 21-under par, good for an 11-stroke edge. Silvia Cavalleri - a native of the Italian city of Milan - played well Sunday. She birdied the 14th hole to get her score down to 11-under par, good for a tie for second place at the time. But the Sorenstam machine kept chugging along. On the 14th, She made birdie and lowered her score once more, this time to 22-under par. Cristie Kerr did well on Sunday with a final round 65. She sank a difficult birdie putt on the 17th hole, and saw her score fall to 11-under par. Kerr would finish in third place, at 12-under par. Candie Kung, the talented Taiwanese who lives in California, also shot a final round 65. Kung's birdie on the 17th hole lowered her score to 12-under par, not bad, but still 10-shots behind the super Swede Sorenstam. As she waited for others to finish up on number-17, Sorenstam managed a big smile, knowing she would soon claim victory. Meanwhile, Kung sank a short birdie on the final hole to finish at 13-under par. She may not have had a chance to win, but that putt gave her sole possession of second place, which naturally meant a bigger pay cheque. Cavalleri also birdied the 18th hole, to finish at 11-under par, and a tie for the fourth place with Wendy Ward and Emilee Klein. As if 22-under were not enough, Sorenstam birdied the final hole as well to end up 23-under par, a 72-hole tournament record. She won by an amazing ten strokes, carding a 67 in her final round. It was her fourth tournament victory in five starts this season, and her 60th overall on the LPGA tour, which ties her for third all time with Patty Berg. Sorenstam has won six of her last seven tournaments to give her 37 victories since the start of 2001, the year she reclaimed her place as the world's top-ranked player from Karrie Webb. With four wins already in 2005, Sorenstam is poised for her greatest season ever. She had 11 victories three years ago. (AP)