Annika looks to repeat at British

Updated: July 28, 2004, 2:59 PM ET
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BERKSHIRE, England -- Annika Sorenstam can become the first player to successfully defend all four modern-day major titles with a victory at the Weetabix Women's British Open, which begins Thursday at the Sunningdale Golf Club.

The Swedish superstar achieved her goal of completing the LPGA career Grand Slam last year at the Women's British Open, edging Se Ri Pak by one stroke with a 10-under 278 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England.

"I remember crying because it was so emotional to win here," Sorenstam said. "That's what it's all about -- to play in a major and to perform well."

Sorenstam had been a runner-up at this $1.6 million event in 1994, 1995 and 1999 before breaking through last year.

Sorenstam has captured back-to-back titles in the three other majors -- the U.S. Women's Open in 1995 and 196, the Nabisco Championships in 2001 and 2002 and the McDonald's LPGA Championship in 2003 and 2004.

LPGA Tour and World Golf Hall of Fame member Mickey Wright is the only player in LPGA history who successfully defended all four designated majors during her career.

Sorenstam has won four events this year, including her seventh career major at the McDonald's Championship in June. Last week, she entered the final round of the Evian Masters with a three-stroke lead, but lost by one shot to Australia's Wendy Doolan, who closed with a 7-under 65.

The last major of the LPGA season will be held at Sunningdale for the third time. Karrie Webb of Australia won the first time here in 1997 and Pak captured the tournament the second time around in 2001. Last year, Pak bogeyed the final hole and finished in second.

Laura Davies, the long-hitting Englishwoman, will tee it up in her home country with a chance to earn the requisite two points she needs to qualify for the Hall of Fame of both the LPGA Tour and World Golf.

"I haven't won on the LPGA for just over three years now, but I've won consistently in Europe the last few years," Davies said.

Davies had the first-round lead last week at the Evian Masters, but finished fifth at 10 under.

Juli Inkster can become the second player to complete the Super Career Grand Slam -- five different LPGA majors -- with a win here. Inkster has triumphed at the Nabisco Championship, U.S. Women's Open, McDonald's LPGA Championship and the former du Maurier Classic.

Webb is the only player to capture the Super Career Grand Slam.

The par-72 course is 6,392 yards.

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