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Koch at the 2009 LPGA Championship
|Full name||Anna Carin Pernilla Hjalmarsson|
|Born|| (1971-02-23) 23 February 1971
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|College||University of Tulsa|
|Current tour(s)||LPGA Tour (joined 1995)
Ladies European Tour (joined 1992)
|Number of wins by tour|
|Ladies European Tour||1|
|Best results in LPGA major championships
|ANA Inspiration||T5: 2002|
|Women's PGA C'ship||T6: 2002|
|U.S. Women's Open||T5: 1999|
|du Maurier Classic||T9: 1999|
|Women's British Open||T8: 2002|
Anna Carin Pernilla Hjalmarsson Koch (née Hjalmarsson) (born 23 February 1971) is a Swedish professional golfer who previously played on the Ladies European Tour and on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. She was captain of the 2015 European Solheim Cup team.
Carin Koch had a successful amateur career. She represented Gullbringa Golf & Country Club, in Kungälv, north of Gothenburg, Sweden, just as elder Swedish female stars Kärstin Ehrnlund and Helen Alfredsson. She was the 1988 Swedish Junior 18 Match-play Champion. She represented Sweden on both junior level and in the national amateur team during the period 1985–1991. She was part of the winning Swedish team at the 1990 European Lady Junior's Team Championship at Shannon Golf Club on Ireland, with, among others, Annika Sörenstam.
Between 1987 and 1991 she played eight times on the Swedish Golf Tour, at the time named the Telia Tour, as an amateur, never finishing outside the top ten. She turned professional in 1992.
1992 was her rookie year on the Ladies European Tour. She won the Swedish Golf Tour (at the time named the Telia Tour) Order of Merit in both 1992  and 1993, winning three tournaments each year.
In 1995, her rookie season, her best LPGA finish was a tie for second at the JAL Big Apple Classic. She also gained two top ten finishes on the Ladies European Tour. In 1996 she almost gained her maiden LPGA victory, losing the Edina Realty Classic to Liselotte Neumann in a playoff.
In the 1999 Jamie Farr Kroger Classic, Koch had a two shot lead with just the final hole to play. Her caddie gave her the wrong club and she made a double bogey to drop into a six-way sudden death playoff, won by Se Ri Pak. In 2000, Koch won her maiden European title at the 2000 Chrysler Open. She was a member of the victorious European Solheim Cup Team, where she went 3-0 as a "rookie" and sank an eight-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to win her match against Michele Redman to clinch the European Team's victory. She also teamed with Sophie Gustafson to win the inaugural TSN Ladies' World Cup of Golf.
In 2001, she became an LPGA maiden winner at the LPGA Corning Classic. At the start of 2002, Carin topped a Playboy internet poll as the sexiest women on the LPGA but declined to pose for them nude. This was the year Koch recorded a career-best 13 top-10 finishes, including three runner-up finishes and was a captain's pick for the European Solheim Cup team. In 2003, Koch gave birth to her second child, but still played well enough to be a captain's pick for the 2003 Solheim Cup, won by the Europeans in her native Sweden.
In 2005, she won her second career LPGA event at the Corona Morelia Championship. and was again a captain's pick for the 2005 Solheim Cup. She teamed up with Sophie Gustafson to represent Sweden at the inaugural Women's World Cup of Golf and was also a member of the International team at the inaugural Lexus Cup. She also played in the 2007 Women's World Cup of Golf with Helen Alfredsson.
In April 2014, Koch was named European team captain for the 2015 Solheim Cup. The 2015 match, played at Golf Club St. Leon-Rot, Germany, ended in a U.S. win 14½–13½, after a strong American come-back the last day.
She was formerly married to golf professional Stefan Koch. During her LPGA Tour career, they lived in Phoenix, Arixona, United States, with their two children, Oliver and Simzon. She now lives in Mölndal, Sweden and uses her maiden name Carin Hjalmarsson.
- 1988 Swedish Junior Under 19 Championship
Professional wins (10)
LPGA Tour wins (2)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||27 May 2001||LPGA Corning Classic||−18 (68-67-69-66=270)||2 strokes|| Maria Hjorth
|2||24 April 2005||Corona Morelia Championship||−9 (68-69-71-71=279)||6 strokes||Karine Icher|
LPGA Tour playoff record (0–2)
|1||1996||Edina Realty LPGA Classic|| Brandie Burton
|Neumann won with birdie on third extra hole|
|2||1999||Jamie Farr Kroger Classic|| Kelli Kuehne
|Pak won with birdie on first extra hole|
Ladies European Tour wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||4 Jun 2000||Chrysler Open||−11 (70-73-65-69=277)||4 strokes||Samantha Head|
Swedish Golf Tour wins (6)
- 1992 (3) Aspeboda Ladies Open, Swedish Match-play Championship, Conor Ladies Open
- 1993 (3) Ängsö Ladies Open, Härjedalens Ladies Open, Sigtuna Ladies Open
Other wins (1)
Results in LPGA majors
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||CUT||CUT||CUT||T17|
|U.S. Women's Open||T40||CUT||T13||T5||T31|
|du Maurier Classic||CUT||CUT||CUT||T63||T9||12|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T15||T5||T16||T30||T24||T61||T63||CUT||T64|
|U.S. Women's Open||CUT||T37||CUT||T10||CUT||T28||CUT||CUT||CUT|
|Women's British Open ^||T56||T8||T50||T13||T15||CUT||CUT||CUT||T55|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship|
|U.S. Women's Open|
|Women's British Open ^||CUT||T43|
^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001.
CUT = missed the half-way cut.
- Starts – 58
- Wins – 0
- 2nd-place finishes – 0
- 3rd-place finishes – 0
- Top 3 finishes – 0
- Top 5 finishes – 2
- Top 10 finishes – 7
- Top 25 finishes – 19
- Missed cuts – 21
- Most consecutive cuts made – 9
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (twice)
LPGA Tour career summary
|Year||Wins||Earnings ($)||Money list rank||Average|
- European Lady Junior's Team Championship (representing Sweden): 1988, 1990 (winners)
- European Ladies' Team Championship (representing Sweden): 1989, 1991
- Solheim Cup (representing Europe): 2000 (winners), 2002, 2003 (winners), 2005, 2015 (non-playing captain)
- Lexus Cup (representing International team): 2005 (winners), 2006
- World Cup (representing Sweden): 2005, 2007
Solheim Cup record
|2000||3||3–0–0||1–0–0 def M. Redman 2&1||1–0–0 won w/C. Nilsmark 2&1||1–0–0 won w/C. Nilsmark 2&1||3||100%|
|2002||5||4–0–1||0–0–1 halved w/ B. Daniel||2–0–0 won w/A. Sörenstam 3&2, won w/A. Sörenstam 4&3||2–0–0 won w/ M. McKay 3&2, won w/A. Sörenstam 4&3||4.5||90%|
|2003||4||1–2–1||0–1–0 lost to J. Inkster 5&4||1–0–1 halved w/L. Davies, won w/A. Sörenstam 3&2||0–1–0 lost w/A. Sörenstam 1dn||1.5||37.5%|
|2005||4||2–1–1||1–0–0 def M. Redman 2&1||1–0–1 halved w/C. Matthew, won w/ S. Gustafson 5&3||0–1–0 lost w/C. Matthew 1dn||2.5||62.5%|
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