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Annika Sorenstam delays ‘retirement’

It’s just a pro-am scheduled by her management company. From Golf 365-

Annika Sorenstam has confirmed that she will take a temporary step back from retirement and play in a Annika bonanza in February.

“It’s called the Annika Celebration,” said the Swede, who is generally regarded as the greatest womens golfer for much of the two decades spanning the late 20th and early 21st Centuries.

“It’s really an event that IMG (her management company) is putting together to help me raise some money for my foundation to help me get it off to a little more than a kick-start. “But it’s also their (IMG’s) way of celebrating my career and what I’ve achieved.

It’s a three-day event we’ll be starting with a Pro-Am and then we have a – what would you call, like an exhibition match with Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer and I think Natalie Gulbis and myself. “It will take place at Reunion in Orlando, just where my academy is. Again, it’s something that IMG is putting together; all of my sponsors are involved. We are tying it in with a Super Bowl party, so it should be little bit more on the lighter side than it has been in the past.

Did playing in events mean Sorenstam was keeping the door open for a full time return to tournament golf?

“Well, that’s the beauty of it, I suppose. I have the option to do that, and maybe that’s why I feel even more that I won’t. Never say never, but on the other hand, I feel great right now. This is what I’ve been waiting for (stepping away from the never-ending grind of professional circuits).

I honestly don’t think Annika’s retirement ‘stepping away’ from professional golf will last very long. Three years at the most.

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