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 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 will be 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. More information about the ANNIKA Foundation can be found at www.annikafoundation.org.
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 perform those duties once again for Europe in 2015. Annika also appears regularly on the Golf Channel's popular Morning Drive show, and as an analyst during the broadcast of various LPGA Major Championships.
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 www.annikasorenstam.com.
David Feherty was born in the seaside town of Bangor in Northern Ireland.He grew up with aspirations to become an opera singer, until he discovered he had the knack for hitting a golf ball.He jokes about his career change, "I was always interested in music from a very early age.But when I turned pro at age 17, I haven't sung a note since.Now, I only sing to punish my children."
David enjoyed a successful professional career, with 10 victories worldwide and over $3 million in prize money.He was a regular on the European Tour, with victories including the ICL International, the Italian Open, Scottish Open, South Africa PGA, BMW Open, Cannes Open, and Madrid Open.He captained the winning Irish team in the 1990 Alfred Dunhill Cup and played on the European Ryder Cup Team in 1991, an experience that rejuvenated his fervor for golf.
In 1997, David retired from professional golf when offered a position as a golf commentator for CBS Sports."I always enjoyed talking more than playing, and now CBS and the Golf Channel are paying me for what I like to do most."Thanks to his sharp wit and colorful personality, David has become golf's favorite announcer.
David's success extends beyond broadcasting.He's authored 6 books, several making the New York Times bestsellers list:An Idiot for all Seasons (Rugged Land LLC 2005), Somewhere in Ireland, A Village is Missing an Idiot (Rugged Land LLC 2003) and A Nasty Bit of Rough (Rugged Land LLC 2002). Each is "chocked full with belly-busting humor," including his latest bestseller, The Power of Positive Idiocy (Doubleday 2010).
This year, the Golf Channel aired 18 episodes of Feherty -- its most popular program.No topic was off limits in this original series that shares revealing interviews with well-known personalities from sports and entertainment, including President Clinton, Donald Trump, Samuel L. Jackson and Bill Russell among others.As one critic observed, "Feherty is like the man: brutally honest, funny, maddeningly scattered."
For David, his most fulfilling activities are on behalf of badly injured U.S. troops. Through his Troops First Foundation, David stages events for wounded Special Forces, Green Berets and other U.S. heroes involving golf, hunting, bicycling and skiing."Losing a limb, or the ability to use a limb, is one thing," David says."But the dignity they lose with it is perhaps even more important.And to be able to give them some of that dignity back is my mission with these days.It's not a charity.It's just us trying to pay back a very small part of the check that we owe them."
David lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife Anita and their children.