SI: What was the difference between this week and last week's 12th-place finish?
AS: This week I made a few putts early, and that really got me going. Last week I had a hard time reading the putts, and I simply couldn't make anything, but this week I was seeing them and making good strokes, and it all felt really good.
SI: Your consecutive-cut streak is at 48?
AS: So I have another 100 to go.
SI: Is that a goal of yours?
AS: That's never really been a goal of mine, making cuts. I want to win tournaments. I want to win majors. That's what I look for.
SI: What made it so hard to read the putts last week?
AS: Just one of those weeks, you know? They were new greens, but I don't know if that made any difference. This week I was simply seeing the lines better and I had a good flow.
SI: Last year you said your goal was to win the Grand Slam. Is that still the aim for 2005?
AS: Absolutely. I'm focused on the majors, and those are always tournaments I want to win, but that doesn't make winning this week any less exciting. I played really solid. I hit 18 greens [on Sunday], and I want to build on that and keep it going. It seems like it's working.
SI: Rumors about steroid use surfaced in local papers this week. Do you have any response to them?
AS: No, no response. It's silly because I know how hard I worked in the gym for five years to get where I am. In a way it's a compliment that someone would even think that about me, but there's nothing to it. I brush it off because there's nothing to talk about.
SI: What is your workout routine?
AS: When I'm on the road, I work out three times a week. At home it's four or five days. I work with a trainer who makes sure I do everything right and who pushes me really hard.
SI: Is there a nutritional aspect?
AS: Well, I've always been careful about what I put in my body. I studied nutrition in school. I didn't finish college, but if I had, nutrition would have been my major.
SI: Do you ever cheat? What's your favorite cookie?
AS: For the most part I try to stay away from the bad stuff, but, well, I love ice cream. I love a good banana split.
--Staff and LPGA transcripts
SI: WERE YOU EVER INTIMIDATED BY ANOTHER PLAYER?
AS: IT HAPPENED TO ME WHEN I WAS YOUNGER. WHEN I PLAYED WITH SOMEONE I ADMIRED, I PAID MORE ATTENTION TO THEIR GAME THAN MY OWN.
41 Wins by Annika Sorenstam in this millennium, the most by any pro golfer on any tour.
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Better putting led Sorenstam to her 60th LPGA win.