Aussie Hetherington wraps up 14-year LPGA career

Rachel Hetherington of Australia

Australian Rachel Hetherington, an eight-time winner on the LPGA, retired Sunday from the tour following the final round of the CN Canadian Women’s Open. The 38-year-old earned more than $5.7 million in 14 years on the LPGA.

“I’m very happy,” she said. “I was very fortunate to play golf, traveled to a lot of countries, made a lot of friends, learned a lot. The reality is that I just don’t want to work as hard as I need to. I’ll enjoy doing other things.”

Hetherington, who lives in Lakeland, Fla., said she will return to her native Australia to permanently reside. She plans to stay active in the game, play some Australian Ladies Professional Golf events and is considering coaching, she said.

She told the Toronto Sun, “I just don’t want to play anymore. That’s really the simple answer.”

The last couple years were difficult for Hetherington. In 2009, she finished a career-low 89th on the tour’s money list. Making matters worse, she missed the first four months of this season due to a broken ankle.

But Hetherington saved her best of the year for last. In just her fifth event, Hetherington finished a season-high T-24, and led all Australians in the field.

Her best year was 2003 when she finished 7th on the money list and had 11 top-10s, including two victories. She married former Australian cricket pro Greg Ritchie last year.

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