I spent a half hour yesterday interviewing Annika Sorenstam for a piece that appeared in this morning’s paper. Interestingly, one of her new business projects is working with Tom McBroom on a couple of new golf course projects, including one in Canada that has yet to be formally announced. She seems quite keen on golf design — though she admits to having a lot to learn. However, she said her goal was to create courses that could be played quickly — like those she grew up playing in Sweden.
Here’s a taste:
Annika Sorenstam has been the best female golfer in the world for more than a decade.
She has been No. 1 in the rankings for eight of the last 13 years, and in the top three for 12 of 13. She won 21 events from 2004 to 2006.
And she became the first player in LPGA history to top US$20-million in career earnings.
But she says she still has something to prove.
It has been a difficult year for Sorenstam, who joined Canadian Lorie Kane yesterday for the Scotiabank Women’s Charity Challenge at Aurora’s Magna Golf Club.
The 36-year-old Sorenstam ruptured a disc in April and was forced to take six weeks off. When she returned, she could
not find the touch that has led to 69 wins, including 10 major titles.
She is still ranked third in the world, but she has not won an LPGA title this season — for the first time in 12 years — and her position as the best player in the world has been usurped by Mexican sensation Lorena Ochoa, 10 years Sorenstam’s junior.
“I’m motivated because I’m not playing the game the way I know I can,” Sorenstam said.
“Lorena is playing fantastic, but I haven’t played to my potential in five months.
The whole story is here.