Annika Sorenstam to Play Last LPGA Tournament This Week Before Retirement

by Shane Bacon

She isn't just the queen of golf, she was the LPGA when golf hit its boom. Annika Sorenstam was the female equivalent of Tiger Woods when Tiger became the face of the sport and not surprising, the two became competitive buddies.

Sorenstam, in news that has to make golf fans a little disappointed, is stepping down from the game this week in her final event as a full-time LPGA member, at the ADT Championship. Just 38, Sorenstam made the announcement in May to leave competitive golf because she, like so many other prominent females, has made the difficult decision to trade the birdies for the babies.

Annika's legacy is undeniable. She burst on the scene in 1995 with a U.S. Open victory that she successfully defended the following year. A product of the highly successful University of Arizona women's golf department, Sorenstam took some years to find that major championship touch again, but find it she did.

From 2001 to 2006, Sorenstam won the same amount of majors as Tiger has in any six-year stretch of his career. Annika claimed eight out of the possible 24 majors, putting her career total at 10 and placing her fourth all-time in major victories on the LPGA.

Annika Sorenstam to Play Last LPGA Tournament This Week Before Retirement originally appeared on Golf FanHouse on Wed, 19 Nov 2008 17:58:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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