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Royal Lytham & St Annes

The 2003 Women's British Open

Annika Sorenstam was victorious in the 2003 Weetabix Womens British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes’. The 32-year-old Swede's sixth Major title lifted her into an elite group of career Grand Slam winners to cap an already remarkable year. She had already played in a Men’s USPGA event at Colonial.

Her final round 70, following scores of 68-72-68, for a total of 278, left her one shot clear of the South Korean Se-Ri Pak and two clear of another South Korean Grace Park and the Australian Karrie Webb.

 “I felt the pressure, but then on the other hand, I felt this is what it’s all about – to play in a major championship where you have to perform.” Sorenstam said.  “And it was a great feeling. Now I’m here sitting with the trophy. This is what I wanted for so long.”

She took the lead for the first time with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 eleventh. Pak battled back with birdies on the twelfth and sixteenth holes, but she stumbled on the tough closing holes. Trying to play it safe on the eighteenth, Pak hit a 3-wood that trickled into a deep bunker, leaving her no chance to reach the green. She blasted out, then punched a wedge into the wind to within 12 feet. Sorenstam considered laying up with a fairway wood but opted for the driver to leave a short iron into the green. Her bravery was rewarded and she made a solid par, Park missed her par-putt & the championship went to the Swede.

Sorenstam joined Pat Bradley (1986), Julie Inkster (1999), Louise Suggs (1957), Karrie Webb (2001) and Mickey Wright (1962) as one of only six players to win every designated Women's Major in their career.

Please select the arrows on the pictures to scroll through the Women's British Open Championships held at Royal Lytham & St. Annes

 






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