Tiger Woods has always made it clear that his career goal is to surpass the record of 18 pro major championships won by Jack Nicklaus. Two days before she will begin defense of her 2003 LPGA Championship, Annika Sorenstam talked yesterday about her own goal for winning majors, even if she wasn't exactly sure of the women's record (15 by Patty Berg).
"Well, I think 10 sounds like a good number," Sorenstam, 33, said at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Del. Already in the LPGA Hall of Fame with 51 career victories (sixth on the LPGA all-time list), Sorenstam has six majors on her resume (Woods has eight).
Berg is No. 1 on the list, followed by Mickey Wright (13), Louise Suggs (11), Babe Zaharias (10), Betsy Rawls (eight) and Julie Inkster (seven) -- all Hall of Famers.
"If it happens, great," Sorenstam said. "If I'm still playing and I continue to feel good about it, maybe I will try that. Those records to me, I just find it very hard to compare golf 20, 30, 40 years ago to what it is today because it's so different. If I turn out to be in one of the record books, I'll be happy. But it's not something that keeps me going."
Sorenstam started the 2004 season saying she wanted to win all four majors, but Grace Park took the Kraft Nabisco Championship in March.
"Things just didn't click that week for whatever reason," Sorenstam said of her tie for 13th. "And maybe I put a lot of pressure on myself, or when I want something badly, I try too hard. After that disappointment, it was time to set up some new goals, and now I want to win the next three.
"So now I have pressure on myself this week. . . . I love the challenge. I love to see if I can win when I want to win, especially this week. That's what keeps me motivated nowadays. That's what makes me want to practice and if I don't practice really hard, I don't get into it. . . . The majors is what I want to win."
-- Leonard Shapiro