How Long Will Annika Dominate?

As Annika Sorenstam, one of the most influential if not the most influential figure in women's golf today, turns 36, it is easy for the world to wonder how long her winning will last. ESPN presents both sides of the coin on how long Annika will continue her domincance, and more importantly how long she will retain her number one world ranking. In summary, Sorenstam is coming off a difficult 2006 season where most facets of her game began to drop from their formerly perfect forms. Her results still inlcuded three victories, including the U.S. Women's Open, but still no Earth shattering season in Sorenstam Standards. It is easy to see that many young stars are beginning to challenge Annika, especially Lorena Ochoa who just captured her fourth victory of the season in her home country. It is unclear if Sorenstam is simply slumping, or is falling from the peak of her career. The situation is similar to that of golf's great Jack Niclaus who appeared to be finished with his truly competitive career before capturing several more tour and major championship titles into his forties.

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