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Annika Sorenstam already setting new challenges

Annika Sorenstam wasted little time putting behind her the disappointment of last week's Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Having failed in her bid there for a record sixth consecutive victory on the LPGA Tour, the world number one swiftly turned her attention to next month's McDonald's LPGA Championship, the second women's major of the year.

"Life goes on and it's a new tournament next week," the 34-year-old Swede told reporters after a closing three-over-par 74 left her tied for 12th at the Kingsmill Resort and Spa, 10 strokes behind American winner Cristie Kerr.

"I am disappointed, there is no doubt about it. I will just have to start over and maybe I can do another streak. We'll see what happens.

"It is tough to win out here once. You have got to be happy about that. Here I won five times (in a row), but you cannot take anything for granted.

"I am proud of what I have achieved on the golf course. I am getting better every year and the work ethic is paying off.

"My goal for the year was to win majors, and I still think it is possible to win four in one year."

Sorenstam remains on track to become the first player, man or woman, to complete a professional grand slam in a single season after collecting her eighth major title at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in March.

The Swede cruised to victory by a commanding eight shots at Mission Hills in California to clinch her 59th career title.

"Winning four majors (in the same year), I think nothing will beat that," she added.

"Plus winning is always good for the confidence. Winning is good for a lot of things."

Sorenstam, who is fourth on the all-time list for LPGA wins behind Kathy Whitworth (88), Mickey Wright (82) and Patty Berg (60), matched Nancy Lopez's tour record of five wins in a row from 1978 with her victory at the Nabisco.

Her bid to go one better, however, was derailed when she opened with a five-over-par 76 at the Michelob Ultra Open.

Despite improving with a second-round 67 and then a 69 in the rain-delayed third round early on the last day, she left herself too much ground to make up on the leaders.

"I am not going to look for excuses, other than myself," the Swede conceded. "I had a great opportunity to do something, I just didn't do it.

"Starting the fourth round, I thought I was in great shape, but my wheels came off early and I couldn't really recover unfortunately.

"I am disappointed, but again, it is a difficult thing to do."

The McDonald's LPGA Championship takes place at Havre de Grace, Maryland from June 9-12.

 

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