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Sorenstam wins Swedish award for eighth time

Annika Sorenstam was named Player of the Year in her native Sweden for a record eighth time on Monday.

The world's top female golfer topped the poll for the fourth straight year, receiving more than twice as many votes as the next two golfers, former Ryder Cup players Joakim Haeggman and Jesper Parnevik.

Sorenstam, who grew up and honed her game on a course just north of Stockholm, won half of the 20 tournaments she played this season. She also tied her lowest average score on the LPGA Tour (68.70), set in 2002.

"Naturally, I'm pleased with my season in many different ways and especially because I've played less tournaments and still won so much," Sorenstam said Monday night by telephone from her home in Orlando, Fla.

Sorenstam topped the Swedish poll for the first time in 1995. Since then, Parnevik (1999) and LPGA regular Sophie Gustafson (2000) are the only other players to win the award.

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