by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Golf Australia Express : GA Express 232
A NNIKA Sorenstam fired her way into the LPGA Tour history books in 2001 by shooting the first ever 59 in women’s golf. The Swede tore the course apart, starting with eight consecutive birdies and finishing with just 25 putts. The name of the course was, somewhat ironically, Moon Valley. Ironic because Sorenstam became just the fifth person to break the 60 barrier which, as it’s commonly said, meant she joined a group more exclusive than those who have walked on the moon. "It was an incredible day, obviously," Sorenstam said. "I had a lot of thoughts in my head. I was trying to stay calm and hit good shots, trying to hit it straight every time." Sixteen years later, the 46-year-old remains the only woman who’s carded a sub-60 round. But the World Golf Hall of Famer still wasn’t completely satisfied with the record-breaking round that lead her to victory. “I have always dreamed about shooting 54 and here I was very close, and I didn’t really know what to expect and how to feel,” Sorenstam said. “ When people ask for my signature they want me to put ‘59’ and it is a little unusual but I love it obviously.” Sorenstam claimed she owed the round to her relaxed attitude and clear mind. “I wasn’t worrying about anything,” Sorenstam said. “I would stand on the tee; I would just swing it. I would stand on the fairway; I was just trying to hit the green. I wasn’t worrying where the ball was going; same thing on my putting, I wasn't worrying about my second putt. I was just looking at the hole and that is what I was concerned about. I was so free in my mind.” E it happened this week in... 2001 • The Aussie dollar crashes to US49.85c to become one of the weakest currencies on world markets. • Bogeys at two of the last four holes cost Geoff Ogilvy a breakthrough win at the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic. Swede Jesper Parnevik beat the Victorian by a stroke. • NSW’s Shannon Jones shot a 2-under 70 to win the 106th Riversdale Cup by five shots over Kiwi Gareth Paddison. • Christine Nixon is appointed Australia’s first female police commissioner, when she takes up the post as head of the Victorian Police. Making news this week in 2001 SORENSTAM SHOOTS RECORD 59 WATCH SORENSTAM DISCUSS HER 59 HERE WORDS BY MICHAEL JONES
GA Express 231
GA Express 233