In March, International Women’s Month, Miami Plays Golf pays tribute to all the ladies who read our magazine, highlighting the career of one of the most important golfers in the history of this sport: Annika Sörenstam.
President Donald Trump is honoring her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor the president can give a civilian.
Annika Sörenstam will receive the medal during a White House ceremony on March 23.
Sörenstam who is Swedish, is amember of the World Golf Hall of Fame. She completed her LPGA career with 72 tournament victories and was the dominant female player of her era, earning The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year award three consecutive years beginning in 2003. She is also the first LPGA player and the first female athlete who is a naturalized citizen to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, according to the LPGA. President Trump played with Sörenstam last fall at his private club in northern Virginia.
The president gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods last year after Woods won his fifth Masters title.
Annika Sorenstam might be the best female golfer of all-time; if she isn’t No. 1, she’s very close. She won 10 majors on the LPGA Tour in the 1990s and early 2000-aughts, and more than 70 LPGA tournaments total.
She is a retired Swedish professional golfer, one of the most successful female golfers in history. Before stepping away from competitive golf at the end of the 2008 season, she had won 90 international tournaments as a professional, making her the female golfer with the most wins to her name.
She has won 18 other tournaments internationally, and she tops the LPGA’s career money list with earnings of over $22 million – over $2 million ahead of her nearest rival while playing 149 fewer events. Since 2006, Sörenstam has held dual American and Swedish citizenship.
The winner of a record eight Player of the Year awards, and six Vare Trophies given to the LPGA player with the lowest seasonal scoring average, she is the only female golfer to shoot a 59 in competition.
She holds various all-time scoring records including the lowest season scoring average: 68.6969 in 2004.
Representing Europe in the Solheim Cup on eight occasions between 1994 and 2007, Sörenstam was the event’s all-time leading points earner until her record was surpassed by England’s Laura Davies during the 2011 Solheim Cup.In 2003, Sörenstam made history at the Bank of America Colonial tournament as the first woman to play in a PGA Tour event since 1945.