Why Is Annika Sorenstam Retiring Again?

I have thought long and hard over Annika Sorenstam's decision to retire.

A fellow Wildcat and absolute menace to the LPGA society, Sorenstam has decided at the ripe age of 38 she was going to cash in her putter for Pampers and become a mother and a family lady. That sounds wonderful.

What I don't get is the fact that in what is sure to be the toughest economic time the LPGA has ever seen, the biggest draw in the sport is hanging up her spikes when she is still really dominant.

Annika is playing in her last official tournament as a professional this week at the Dubai Ladies Masters and lo and behold, is leading the damn thing. A two-under 70 to open and a six-under 66 that included four birdies, one eagle and no bogeys has her a shot clear of Nikki Garrett and Maria Verchenova.

I know what the pro-retire fans will say. She's leaving in her prime. She is going out on her own terms. This is a fairytale ending. Maybe you're right. I just don't see why getting out of the game when you can still dominate makes any sense.

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