Annika Sorenstam commits to first LPGA event in 13 years

2/9/2021 3:05:52 PM EST

World Golf Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam will compete in her first LPGA Tour event in 13 years later this month at her home course in Florida.

The tour announced Tuesday that Sorenstam, 50, has committed to play in the Feb. 25-28 Gainbridge LPGA at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando.

"I've thought about it since I heard the event was coming to Lake Nona where we have lived for years," Sorenstam said. "The members keep asking me to play and I figured, why not?"

Sorenstam stepped away from competition to start a family in 2008, suspending a brilliant career that included 72 wins on the LPGA Tour and 10 major championships.

Only Kathy Whitworth (88) and Mickey Wright (82) have more wins on the LPGA Tour than Sorenstam.

The eight-time LPGA Tour Player of the Year's last victory came at the 2008 Michelob Ultra Open at Kinsgmill.

"A lot has changed for the better during that time, most notably the birth of our two children. Ava and Will are excited to see 'Mama' play," Sorenstam said. "I have to admit if this tournament hadn't moved to our home course, it never would have crossed my mind to enter. But it makes sense to do so, not just because it will be a 'home game,' but also because my goal, schedule permitting, is to play in the U.S. Senior Women's Open later this summer.

"To work toward that goal, I have realized that I need more tournament reps to have a chance to reach my potential. I'm not expecting much, but I look forward to the challenge!"

Last month, Sorenstam played in the celebrity division of the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions at the Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club in Orlando.

--Field Level Media

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