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Annika Sorenstam awarded Golf Writers Trophy

Annika Sorenstam has made further history by becoming the first woman to win the Golf Writers' Trophy twice in the 55-year history of Europe's most prestigious award.

Sorenstam triumphed for the second time in three years, recognition of her continued dominance of the women's game.

Sweden's undisputed world No 1 led the annual poll ahead of US Open champion Michael Campbell and European order of merit winner Colin Montgomerie.

"I was overwhelmed to hear that the golf writers have honoured me for a second time by awarding me their prestigious trophy," she said.

"It never occurred to me that I might win it twice, and I would like to thank everyone for their continued support; it means a lot to me. It's been a fun year and this is a great early Christmas present to receive!"

Even by her own high standards Sorenstam enjoyed a remarkable season. She won 11 of the 21 tournaments she entered worldwide, including two major championships. She claimed 10 LPGA titles to lead the money list in America for the fifth consecutive year and earn an eighth player of the year title.

At the Mizuno Classic, Sorenstam won for the fifth year in succession, while in Europe, she won on home soil at the Scandinavian TPC, where, as the tournament host, she was forced to present the trophy to herself.

In September the 35-year-old became the highest point-scorer in the history of the Solheim Cup and, at the weekend, captained an International team to victory over Asia in the inaugural Lexus Cup.

December 14, 2005

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