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Wednesday, 5 June, 2002, 11:59 GMT 12:59 UK
Swede looking for perfection
Annika Sorenstam and her caddie
Sorenstam (right) has found life easy on tour this season
Annika Sorenstam goes into the second major tournament of the year with her eyes already on an unprecedented Grand Slam.

The Swede, who won the first major of the year at the Nabisco Championship in April, has again started this season in blistering form.

And she is hoping for more of the same when the LPGA Championship gets under way in Delaware on Thursday.


It seems like all parts of my game have come together
Annika Sorenstam

Sunday's 11-stroke victory at the Kellogg-Keebler Classic was her fourth title on the LPGA Tour and sees her on the verge of breaking the $1m prize money mark before the halfway point in the season.

It is virtually a repetition of her start to last season's record-breaking year.

At the same stage in 2001 Sorenstam had five victories, including four in a row and the Nabisco Championship - her first major since 1996 - and she was closing in on $1m in winnings.

She went on to become the first woman to pass $2m for a season, she shot a 59 and ended with eight victories.

But the final three majors of the season all escaped her, and she is determined not to let that happen in 2002.

"Majors to me are like two or three victories," Sorenstam said. "If I could only win four tournaments, those would be all I want.

"I've thought about the Grand Slam, but [the LPGA Championship] is another tournament.

"You've got to think one shot at a time and try not to get too far ahead of yourself. It's fun to think things like that, but you've still got to go out and do it.

"There's certain things that you can control, certain things you can't. But I do think a Grand Slam is very possible.

Annika Sorenstam is the undisputed number one in the world
Sorenstam is at the top of her game

"I've been hitting the ball really well. My distance control is back. I think I putted excellent. It seems like all parts of my game have come together."

Sorenstam is not the only person who thinks she has a chance at a piece of history.

"She's at a different level," said Laura Diaz, the only player other than Sorenstam with multiple victories on the LPGA Tour this year.

"No one will bet against her, I can tell you that," Nancy Lopez added. "When they see her name, they definitely get intimidated."

"She's on top of the world right now," said Karrie Webb, defending LPGA champion and former number one in the world. "It's great for her."

Sorenstam is a huge favourite to win at the DuPont Country Club in Delaware, although she has seriously contended there only once in seven years.

A victory would make her the first woman since Pat Bradley in 1986 to win the first two legs of the Grand Slam.

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