Sorenstam Bows Out With Birdie
JACKI LYDEN, host:
Today also marks a generational change in the world of women's golf. Annika Sorenstam made her final birdie as a professional. The Swedish titan of women's golf didn't win the Dubai Ladies Master today. She finished seventh, but no matter, I felt at peace walking up to the eighteenth hole, she told reporters.
Sorenstam has spent 15 years as a pro, dominating the tour with 90 victories, 10 of them in majors. But she's done more than sink puts and win trophies. One rival today called her an idol for every girl who touches a golf club. And she's actively promoted girl golfers, giving them scholarships and sponsoring the annual Annika Cup in Sweden.
As for her retirement, Sorenstam was candid. I'm both happy and sad, she said. The motivation is no longer there, but I'm very proud of what I've achieved. Well, she's only 38, and she won't be spending the next few decades eating Swedish meat balls and watching television. If she has her way, she'll be on television. She admitted recently, I hope to get on "Dancing with the Stars" at some point. So, good luck, Annika Sorenstam. No golf spikes on the dance floor.