Annika Sorenstam shows off her trophy after winning the 50th U.S. Women's Open Golf Tournament on July 16, 1995. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Ed Andrieski

Lightly recruited – to put it mildly – Sorenstam arrived in Tucson from Sweden in the fall of 1990 without ever making a recruiting visit. She had been spotted in an amateur tournament in Japan by UA coach Kim Haddow, who happily discovered that no one else was recruiting the Swedish junior champion. After winning the 1991 NCAA championship at Arizona, Sorenstam became perhaps the top women’s golfer in history. She won 73 LPGA tournaments, 10 majors, and was player of the year eight times (1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005). In 2003, Sorenstam played in the PGA Tour’s Colonial Championship, the first women’s golfer on the men’s tour since 1945.

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