HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. Annika Sorenstam is making the Grand Slam look like a slam dunk.
never threatened from the start, sloppy at the end when it no longer mattered, Sorenstam took another step toward a sweep of the four majors Sunday by closing with a 1-over 73 for a three-shot victory over Michelle Wie in the LPGA Championship.
Sorenstam became the first LPGA Tour player in 19 years to get halfway home to a Grand Slam, and no one has any reason to believe she won't win the next two.
First came an eight-shot victory at the Kraft nabisco in March. This one was just as dominant, with Sorenstam building an eight-shot lead at the turn and leaving everyone else in a hopeless pursuit.
Sorenstam finished at 11-under 277 and earned $270,000, pushing her career total to more than $17 million. Since playing in the Colonial on the PGA Tour two years ago, she has won 19 of her 38 events on the LPGA Tour.
Her only competition came from the 15-year-old Wie, who gave another big crowd at Bulle Rock a glimpse of the future with a 69 to finish second the highest finish by an amateur in a major since 20-year-old Jenny Chuasiriporn lost a playoff to Se Ri Pak in the 1998 U.S. Women's Open.
Sorenstam won for the sixth time in eight starts this year, and joined Patty Berg as the only LPGA players to win the same major three consecutive years. Berg won the Titleholders from 1937-39.
Booz Allen Classic
BETHESDA, Md. Sergio Garcia emerged from a pack of contenders to master Congressional's Blue Course as few others have, closing with a 6-under 65 for a two-stroke victory in the Booz Allen Classic.
Garcia looked in major form in the final tournament before the U.S. Open when he took a big lead with a front-nine 30 and then held steady through a few precarious holes down the stretch. He finished with a 14-under 270 total.
Davis Love III (66), Ben Crane (67) and 2004 winner Adam Scott (68) tied for second.
Garcia's 270 total tied the course record at Congressional, which wasn't its usual fearsome self in its first PGA Tour event in eight years. Craig Stadler shot a 10-under 270 when the Booz Allen, then known as the Kemper Open, was played on the Blue Course in a different configuration in 1981.
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