Saying Farewell to Annika Sorenstam
Annika Sorenstam's LPGA career has come to an end Sunday, as she drained an 8-foot birdie putt at the Dubai Ladies Masters.
Yes, she finished in seventh place, but the 38-year old Sorenstam ended her 15-year career where it began, with a Ladies European Tour event.
Here are some highlights from Annika's past 15 years in the golfing world:
-1993 LET Rookie of the Year; 1994 Rolex Rookie of the Year
-89 career wins; 72 LPGA Tour wins; 10 major victories (McDonald's LPGA Championship 2003-05; U.S. Women's Open 1995, '96, 2003; Weetabix Women's British Open 2003; Kraft Nabisco Championship 2001, '02, '05)
-8-time Rolex Player of the Year (1995, '97, '98, 2001-05); eight-time Golf Writer's Assoc. of America Female Player of the Year (1995, '97, 2000-05); three-time Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year (2003-05); two-time European Player of the Year (2003-04)
-22-11-4 overall record in her eight Solheim Cup appearances
-The lowest average on the LPGA Tour six different years; only LPGA golfer to shoot 59 on Tour (dubbed "Miss 59")
-The first LPGA golfer to earn over $20 million in her career; winner of eight ESPY Awards
-World Golf Hall of Fame Inductee in 2003
She is surrounded by golf, playing and designing, showing her in-depth passion for the game.
Sorenstam has had her hands on designing atleast five different courses all over the world, including; Mission Hills (China), Patriot Point Links (South Carolina, USA), Euphoria Golf Estate and Hydro (South Africa), The Golf Club at Red Mountain (British Columbia, Canada), and Mines Golf City (Malaysia).
Sorenstam is a National Ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation as well as founder of the ANNIKA Foundation, which provides educational, inspirational and financial help to help children realize their full potential.
She is also in the works of developing her own fragrance that is set to debut in time for this upcoming Mother's Day.
Sorenstam has done so much for the game of golf over the past decade and has been the face of the LPGA for all those years; especially when taking on the uphill challenge of taking on the men at Colonial.
It's no secret that her looks, along with her game, that has helped Sorenstam become successful. But with Annika stepping aside to put the focus on her family and her business adventures, the LPGA will need a new face for its Tour.
But it's not just about what Sorenstam did on the links, but also what she has done of the greens; being a true ambassador to the game.
The torch will now be passed to Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer and Natalie Gulbis, to carry out what Sorenstam has done. All of them have the looks, the game and the demeanor to be just as successful as Sorenstam was.
I think it's safe to say that the LPGA will be in good hands for the years to come.
But to Annika, I wish to say "thank you" in a language you might just understand.
Jag tackar, ha det sa bra.
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