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Sorenstam heads Womens Britsh Open entry

World No. 1 Annika Sorenstam heads a strong field of 126 players for next month's Women's British Open at Turnberry Golf Club.

The 31-year-old Swede, who has already won seven titles worldwide this year, will be one of five top players representing the game's major golfing continents when the tournament gets underway on Aug. 8.

Sorenstam, Australia's Karrie Webb, American Juli Inkster, South Korea's Pak Se-ri and England's Laura Davies have collectively won a total of 24 majors and 190 tournaments during their careers.

Sorenstam, Webb, U.S. Open winner Inkster and defending champion Pak are the current big four in women's golf and their supremacy is underlined by their combined record of 15 wins in the last 18 major championships.

The 42-year-old Inkster fired a closing 66 to clinch her second U.S. Women's Open title earlier this month at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

The veteran American triumphed by two shots from Sorenstam to secure the seventh major victory of her career, having previously won the title in 1999.

Swede Sorenstam has already collected 37 career wins and last year she set or tied 30 LPGA Tour records as she reigned supreme in the women's game.

She won eight times in all during 2001, becoming the first player in LPGA Tour history to eclipse the $2 million mark in single-season earnings.

The Swede was named Player of the Year for the fourth time and broke Webb's record for lowest scoring average, with 69.42, after a season that featured an unprecedented 59.

Next week's Women's British Open, which takes place from August 8-11, will be the first women's major championship to be held in Scotland.


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