Sorenstam selected for Memorial's 2014 honor
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Each year the Memorial Tournament honors a prominent player or contributor to golf. The honoree this year was Raymond Floyd, a contemporary of tournament founder and host Jack Nicklaus, who won four major championships.
On Sunday, the body which oversees the tournament announced that the 2014 honoree would be former LPGA star Annika Sorenstam.
She reacted on social media via her Twitter account, @ANNIKA59: "Thanks everyone for the congratulatory notes about me being the '14 @MemorialGolf Tournament honoree. I am very excited !"
Sorenstam had 89 worldwide wins — the most by any female. She won 10 major championships in a stellar 15-year career. The Swede was selected as the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year from 2003-2005.
In 2001, she became the first woman to break the 60 barrier, shooting a 13-under 59 in the second round of the Standard Register PING, still the lowest round in LPGA history. From 2001-2005, Sorenstam won 43 times and finished in the top three nearly 70 percent of the time.
After winning three times in 2008, Sorenstam abruptly retired from competitive golf at the age of 37. She and her husband, Mike McGee, have two children.
She will be honored in a ceremony the day before the start of the 2014 Memorial.