OTTAWA - Annika Sorenstam farewell this year LPGA Tour. But in reality, it could be a simple goodbye.
Swedish 37-year old has long dominated women's golf. Again this year, it has added three wins to his prestigious list. And this week, it will seek to win the CN Canadian Open played at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club. Sorenstam also occupies the second place in the ranking of best stock behind the number one women's golf, Lorena Ochoa.
Sorenstam announced on May 13 its intention to leave the LPGA Tour at the end of this season. She will marry Mike McGee, her husband of many years, in January 2009. The couple wants to start a family. Sorenstam also intends to take care of her golf academy.
"Time will tell whether I will return to competitive golf, she has said on Wednesday. In May, I said that I was leaving the LPGA Tour. I never talked about retirement. So I did not close all doors. But I have no timeline either. I have a lot of projects and I can not wait to start the next chapter of my life. "
Ochoa, who won the Canadian Open last year in Edmonton, will play in the afternoon in the company of South Korean Se Ri Pak and Seon Hwa Lee.
Lori Kane of Charlottetown and Alena Sharp of Hamilton, represent the best hope of Canada. In all, 16 Canadians in the tournament.
Sorenstam won the Canadian Open in 2001 at Angus Glen in Markham, Ontario. The previous year, the tournament had been stripped of its status as a major tournament.
"The course taught me a lot and that's why I want to remain associated," she says. But the life of golfer will not fail me.
"It's very hard to travel every week, she added. My life, almost 20 years, was devoted to golf. But it is now time to do something else. Golf is still important in my life. But this is not all my life. "
Sorenstam has 72 victories, won in 10 major tournaments. It is already part of the Hall of Fame golf.
He still has to play eight tournaments.
"I want to win as much as before, she said. But I confess I do not play as well since announcing my retirement from competition. Maybe something tells me I made the right decision. "