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Sorenstam back to LPGA Tour for Gainbridge tournament


More than a decade after Annika Sorenstam won her last LPGA Tour event, she’s ready to tee it up again.

The LPGA Tour announced on Twitter the 50-year-old Sorenstam has committed to play the Gainbridge LPGA in Orlando, Florida, scheduled for Feb. 25-28 on her home course of Lake Nona.

It will be her first official event since she missed the cut in the season-ending ADT Championship at Trump International in 2008, her final season of a Hall of Fame career that included 72 wins on the LPGA Tour and 10 majors. Her last victory was the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill in 2008, and a month later she announced she was retiring.

Annika Sorenstam

Sorenstam recently played the PNC Challenge in December with her father, Tom. She said then her son was starting to play and motivating her to get back on the golf course. Sorenstam had said she was interested in a few senior events but did not hint at playing an official LPGA event.

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She was part of the celebrity field at the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions last month.

Sorenstam has kept busy since retirement, with two children at home and a foundation that includes a focus on junior golf. She also was appointed president of the International Golf Federation, which oversees the Olympics. She took over for former R&A chief executive Peter Dawson.





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