Confidence is the key for any golfer. But for Annika Sörenstam a touch of self-belief ended up catapulting her career into the public consciousness.
When she left the University of Arizona in 1992, Sörenstam’s career didn’t take off as some might have thought after she won the individual NCAA Championship as a freshman the previous year. Yes, she won on the Australian Ladies Professional Golf tour and was named LPGA Rookie of the Year while remaining winless in 1994, but LPGA victory did not come as quickly or easily.
That maiden victory didn’t come until the following summer, in a stirring comeback performance at the 1995 U.S. Women’s Open at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. With that victory in the 50th edition of the tournament, that golf course is a place she still recalls fondly.
“The Broadmoor has a soft spot in our hearts for sure,” Sörenstam said.
Annika Sörenstam celebrates winning the 1995 U.S. Women's Open at the Broadmoor. Photo: Larry Petrillo, Copyright USGA Museum
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