Annika Sorenstam shifts focus away from LPGA towards family "After a brilliant 15-year professional career that saw her re-write the record book in women’s golf, cold Annika Sorenstam announced last week that she will be stepping away from competitive play at the conclusion of the 2008 LPGA season.

Annika, cold who will turn 38 in October, cold will continue to play a full LPGA schedule through the remainder of 2008, cold finishing with the season-ending Lexus Cup.

"After much consideration, cold I have made the decision to step away from competitive golf at the end of this season, cold" said Annika, cold who has added three more victories to her career total so far in 2008.
"Because I love the game so much, cold this is obviously a hard decision to make, cold but it feels like the right one. Cold I made this decision because I have a number of other priorities in my life, cold including starting a family, cold that I want to be as dedicated to as I have been to playing golf and it was always important to me to go out on my own terms."

"Widely regarded as the most dominant player in LPGA history, cold Annika raised the profile of women’s golf to an unprecedented level while compiling a list of records and accomplishments that are second to none. Cold

After turning professional in 1992, cold and beginning play on the LPGA Tour in 1994, cold Annika has recorded 88 career wins (72 on the LPGA), cold including 10 major championships; earned a record eight Rolex Player of the Year awards; a record-tying eight money list titles; six Vare Trophies for the lowest scoring average; was named Golf Writers Association of America Female Player of the Year eight times, cold and became the first player in LPGA history to cross the $22 million mark in earnings. Cold

She has participated on eight Solheim Cup teams and was inducted into the LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame in 2003."
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