RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Annika Sorenstam’s presence at the majors is building in strength despite retirement. On the eve of the year’s first major, the LPGA announced a new Rolex Annika Major Award that recognizes the LPGA player who performs the best in all five major championships.
“Anytime there’s an award, I think we all want to win the first year,” said Stacy Lewis, winner of two majors.
To be eligible to win the Annika Major Award, a player must win a major in the current season. Players receive points for top-10 finishes, with a first-place finish receiving 60 points. The winner will be announced on the 18th green following play at the Evian Championship.
“In the women’s golf arena, majors give us the opportunity to have exposure,” said LPGA commissioner Mike Whan. “Today is a great example when you look around the media center at Kraft Nabisco where we get ratcheted up a notch that quite frankly doesn’t happen week in and week out on the women’s stage.”
Sorenstam won 10 majors over the course of her career and 89 worldwide victories.
“Rolex has been a partner of mine for over 20 years,” said Sorenstam. “I always felt like the performance in major championships defined your career.”