Sorenstam underlines major credentials


World number one Annika Sorenstam completed a career Grand Slam when she won her first Weetabix Women's British Open today with a final-round 70 at Royal Lytham & St Anne's.

In a thrilling finale, Swede Sorenstam held off her biggest rival, South Korea's Se Ri Pak, by a single shot with a 10-under-par 278 total to claim the £160,000 first prize.

The pair were tied for the lead standing on the final tee. But while Sorenstam made the perfect par four, world number two Pak drove into a bunker and took a bogey five for a 72.

Another South Korean, Grace Park, who had a 70, and Australia's Karrie Webb, who closed with a 71, tied for third on eight under. Overnight leader Patricia Meunier Lebouc, from France, slipped back into fifth place on six under after a disappointing 76.

For Sorenstam it was her fifth win worldwide this year, and her second major after winning the LPGA Championship in June.

"This is a championship I have always wanted to win," she said. "To complete the Grand Slam is just amazing. I can hardly believe I have won another major, and now I've won all four.

"This whole year has just been fantastic," continued the 32-year-old who courted controversy when she played alongside the men at the PGA Tour's Colonial tournament in May.

"Colonial, the LPGA Championship and now a first British Open. It really is dream season."