Annika Sorenstam To Return To The LPGA Tour

The legendary golfer is to make a return to action later this month at her home course, Lake Nona

Annika Sorenstam To Return To The LPGA Tour
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The legendary golfer is to make a return to action later this month at her home course, Lake Nona

Annika Sorenstam To Return To The LPGA Tour

Annika Sorenstam was the best female golfer of her generation and is one of the best of all-time.

The Swede, a 10-time Major winner with 94 professional victories, retired back in 2008 to start a family.

13 years on and she still tops the LPGA Tour's career money list by more than $2m, having played 187 fewer events than second-placed Karrie Webb.

Well, later this month we'll get the chance to see her back in action as she gets ready to return to LPGA Tour.

She's not officially 'coming back' or coming out of retirement, she is simply playing in an event at her home course.

Sorenstam lives at Lake Nona Golf Club in Florida, which hosts the Gainbridge LPGA between 25th-28th February.

The 50-year-old told the Golf Channel that her children and members of the club urged her to play in the event, which is hosted on the course that her garden backs out onto.

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“It is literally in our backyard,” Sorenstam told the Golf Channel after taking one of the four Hall of Famer spots.

“We look at the 16th hole and our kids and lots of members have urged me to play. I thought, why not?

"I need to practice. If the tournament wasn’t here, I wouldn’t be playing.”

Sorenstam was in the news recently after controversially accepting the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump a day after the US Capitol riots.

“I’m not one to second guess and as you know it was supposed to be in March 2020 and looking back on it it’s just really all about the people who have received it through history," she said afterwards.

“So I don’t want to spend any energy looking back, I like to spend energy looking forward, continue to open doors, create opportunities for the young girls around the world.

“I share the sadness and the fear with everyone. What happened at the Capitol, it’s a dark day in America’s history.

“Again, looking back I don’t second guess and I like to look forward, not spend energy on what could have been.

“It’s all about opening doors, that’s one thing I’ve learnt. I’ve heard from a lot of people, you can imagine a lot of opinions, a lot of comments and I hear clearly what those people say.

“I know they see it differently but I listen and I embrace them all.”

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x