Tuesday, June 19, 2012
40 greatest female athletes: Annika Sorenstam
Annika Sorenstam was the LPGA Tour's player of the year a record eight times.
ESPN is marking the 40th anniversary of Title IX by unveiling the top 40 female athletes of the past 40 years.
Are you painfully shy? So was Annika Sorenstam. The woman who won 72 titles on the LPGA Tour once dreaded winning junior tournaments because of the speeches that were required afterward.
But the No. 4 woman in ESPN's countdown gamely withstood the media glare as a global television audience watched every hole she played in 2003 at the PGA's Colonial, a tournament she entered because she wanted to test herself against the best in the game.
"She was the dominant player in her sport," says fellow golfer Laura Davies. "She had to change. It was that or really be miserable. I think by the end of her career, she actually enjoyed the spotlight."