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Career titles aside, Annika's little sister has special claim to fame
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — The surname is magic, the voice is familiar, and the face and body type are in the same ballpark, but for Sorenstam, as in Charlotta, golf is an entirely different game. Her big sister, Annika, missed a cut last week for the first time in forever?
She had five in the six starts this year that preceded her appearance at the Sybase Classic, and they hardly turned the golf world on its ear like Annika's 36-and-out showing at the Michelob. This is life in sports for the other sibling, for the Dom DiMaggios and Patrick McEnroes.
Charlotta is the PGA-playing brother Tiger Woods never had. She is the one who wasn't otherworldly blessed with a talent for putting a white ball in a ridiculously small hole. A little taller, a little heavier, and a lot less certain from tee to green, Charlotta had seven fans following her threesome Thursday down the Wykagyl Country Club stretch.
Five were there for Jean Bartholomew, two for Meredith Ward.
Annika fared a bit better in posting a 72, four shots south of the kid sister's sum. But even though Annika has won nine majors, 67 tournaments and nearly $19 million to Charlotta's none, one and $1.49 million, Charlotta has something on her big sister far more significant than her six holes-in-one to Annika's three:
The kind of save you can't make from a greenside bunker.
Annika has never saved a Hall of Famer's life, not yet, anyway. But three years ago, with Annika on the verge of winning another Grand Slam event, and with Charlotta on the verge of missing another Grand Slam cut, kid sister prevented Donna Caponi from choking to death.
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