How 24 Seconds Led to 3 Consecutive Major Victories & How It Can Help You

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I’m really looking forward to the LPGA’s second Major of the year, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, which will take place June 8-14 at the prestigious Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York. This “new” Championship replaces the former LPGA Championship and offers a purse that is among the highest in women’s golf at $3.5 million. On Wednesday I will take part in the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit by participating on a panel titled “Achieving Your Personal Best: A Conversation with Women in Sports.” Stacy Lewis and Notre Dame Women’s Basketball Coach, Ann “Muffet” McGraw, will join me. I will then be guest analyst for a segment of Golf Channel’s Thursday and Friday tournament coverage, before joining Dan Hicks and Gary Koch all weekend on NBC.

This was always one of my favorite Majors and I was fortunate to win it three years in a row, from 2003-2005. This year’s field will face a stern test at Westchester Country Club, which for years hosted the Westchester Classic on the PGA TOUR. Considered one of the best golf courses in the United States, the Walter Travis-designed West Course is hilly and heavily wooded, rolling through thick stands of pine, oak and maple. The terrain is dotted with rocky outcroppings, some of which create blind spots, which add to the complexity and difficulty of the course. Holes 2, 3, 6, and 17 were consistently rated among the most difficult on Tour.

This week is also the second chance for the ladies to earn points for the Rolex ANNIKA Major Award. Established last year, the award goes to the player who accumulates the best record in the five majors while also winning one. Brittany Lincicome currently leads, after winning the ANA Inspiration, Stacey Lewis is second, with Morgan Pressel in third place. Morgan has been playing well and I think this course will suit her game. I think Lydia Ko could also be poised to put her name on a Major Championship trophy for the first time! Check out the latest standings here.

As with any Major Championship, or even your own Club Championship, it is very important to have a good pre-shot routine. This will keep you focused when under pressure. My pre-shot routine was 24 seconds and by keeping with my routine, I was able to perform consistently even when my heart was pounding! Watch the video below to help you with your pre-shot routine.

Good luck and be sure to tune into the action this week!

Annika is the greatest female golfer of our generation, and often regarded as the best of all-time. During her 15 year Hall of Fame career, she rewrote the LPGA and Ladies European Tour record books, won countless awards, and changed the way women’s golf was played, viewed, and covered. She amassed 89 worldwide victories, including 72 on the LPGA, ten of which are Major Championships. She has a record eight Rolex Player of the Year awards and holds the record for the lowest scoring average in a season (68.6969 in 2004). She has a record six Vare Trophies for the year’s lowest scoring average. She represented Europe in eight Solheim Cups. She is the only female to break 60 in an official event, which garnered her the nickname, “Ms. 59.” Annika was the first and only female to cross the $20 Million mark for LPGA career earnings and her total of over $22 million is nearly $5 Million more than the next closest competitor despite not competing since the 2008 season. Annika was the recipient of the Patty Berg award in 2003 for her contributions to women’s golf. She was the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year from 2003-2005, and the Golf Writers Association of America Female Athlete of the Year in 1995, 1997, and from 2000-2005.

Annika stepped away from professional golf after the 2008 season to focus on her family and the ANNIKA brand of businesses, including the ANNIKA Academy, ANNIKA Financial Group, ANNIKA Course Design, the ANNIKA Collection of apparel with Cutter & Buck, and signature high-end wines. In 2007, Annika created the ANNIKA Foundation as a way to teach children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition, and offer aspiring junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams. The Foundation has partnered with key organizations to promote healthy, active lifestyles for children, including SPARK, Florida Hospital for Children in support of its Healthy 100 Kids initiative and The First Tee in development of the Nine Healthy Habits curriculum for children. The Foundation annually conducts four major golf events for aspiring junior girls, including an award-winning AJGA tournament, ANNIKA Invitational at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla.; the ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills, the first all-girls junior tournament in China; the ANNIKA Invitational in Europe; and the ANNIKA Cup, a team event for the top juniors in Sweden. With the support of 3M, the Haskins Commission and Golfweek, the Foundation created the ANNIKA Award Presented By 3M, which is given annually to the best collegiate female golfer. In concert with the award, the Foundation launched the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented By 3M, a college tournament featuring 12 of the top Division I schools, held annually on the Watson Course at Reunion Resort.

In 2008, Annika joined Arnold Palmer as only the second Ambassador of the United States Golf Association, and in 2009, along with Jack Nicklaus, she was named a Global Ambassador by the International Golf Federation and aided in the successful bid for golf in the 2016 Olympic Games. In 2011 Annika was named the winner of the USGA’s prestigious Bob Jones Award, given annually to someone with distinct character on and off the course. In 2013, she was named the First Lady of Golf by the PGA of America. Annika served as a vice-captain for the victorious 2011 and 2013 European Solheim Cup Teams in Ireland and the United States, and will serve in that same capacity in 2015 in Germany. Annika also appears regularly as a guest analyst on the Golf Channel’s popular Morning Drive show and as an Analyst for NBC Golf’s broadcast of LPGA Major Championships. Annika was recently named the top female athlete of all-time in her home country of Sweden.

In addition to expanding her brand and growing the game, Annika and her husband Mike McGee have two children, Ava (9/1/09) and Will (3/21/11). Annika represents world class companies that include 3M, ADP, AHEAD, Callaway, Cutter & Buck, Golfing World, Lexus, Oakley, Pacific Links International and Rolex. Annika’s Twitter handle is @Annika59 and more information can be found at http://theannikaacademy.com/.

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