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Season ends with 11th win for Sorenstam

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November 25, 2002

WEST PALM BEACH -- Annika Sorenstam was determined at the start and dominant to the end.

WEST PALM BEACH -- Annika Sorenstam was determined at the start and dominant to the end.

Sorenstam won her 11th tournament Sunday in the ADT Championship, a fitting finish to the best season on the LPGA Tour in 38 years.

"I had a chance to do something incredible, and I didn't want to let that go," she said.

With a risky shot on the toughest hole at Trump International and a clutch swing on the decisive par-3 17th, Sorenstam closed with 4-under 68 for a three-stroke win over Rachel Teske.

Last year, Sorenstam won eight times, became the first woman to shoot 59 and the first on tour to earn more than $2-million in a season.

"I was determined to prove I could do it again or even better," Sorenstam said.

From the left rough on No. 16 Sorenstam hit a 7-iron under a tree and just over the water to the back of the green, where she saved par. Then, she hit a 7-iron to 5 feet for birdie.

That turned into a three-stroke lead when Teske hit a 5-iron into the hazard on No. 17 and ended with double bogey.Teske hit her tee shot into the water on No. 18 but salvaged par for 72.

Sorenstam finished 13-under 275 and earned $215,000, making her the first woman to earn more than $11-million in her career.

She ended the season with a 68.70 scoring average, topping the mark she set last year (69.42) and finishing more than a full stroke ahead of Se Ri Pak.

Mickey Wright in 1964 was the last to win 11 times in one season. Wright set the record of 13 in 1963. Sorenstam can claim part of that. With her 11 wins on tour, she won the Australian Masters and the Swedish Open. That gives her 13 worldwide in 25 starts, the best winning percentage since Wright won 10 times in 17 events in 1961.

"I feel like I'm walking on clouds," Sorenstam said. "Life is nice. It's going my way."

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FRANKLIN TEMPLETON SHOOTOUT: Lee Janzen fired an 8-iron from 157 yards to 3 feet and teammate Rocco Mediate tapped it in to win in Naples. The former Florida Southern teammates entered with a three-shot lead in the unofficial PGA Tour event. Janzen and Mediate finished 31-under 185. Playing a scramble format, Matt Kuchar and David Gossett finished one back in second.

CALLAWAY INVITATIONAL: Mark Brooks birdied the final three for 3-under 69 and a three-stroke win over Jeff Gove (66) in Pebble Beach, Calif. Brooks, the 1996 PGA Championship winner, finished 16-under 272 in the tournament featuring PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour players. Wendy Ward (72), one of five women who advanced to the final round, had 281.

DUNLOP PHOENIX OPEN: Tiger Woods rediscovered his putting stroke too late to make a run in Miyazaki, Japan. Woods shot 4-under 67 for his best round of the tournament, but finished six behind winner Kaname Yokoo (69). Yokoo, who played on the PGA Tour this season, finished 15-under 269. Sergio Garcia (66) was one back in second.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Steve Allan shot 68 to edge Rich Beem (69), Craig Parry (68) and Aaron Baddeley (65) by one in Melbourne. Allan finished 12-under 198.

ASIAN OPEN: Padraig Harrington shot 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory over Jyoti Randhawa (64) in Ta Shee, Taiwan. Harrington finished 15-under 273.

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