and Ochoa both retired from competitive golf at the peak of their careers - Sorenstam
in 2008 and Ochoa two years later - and they both seem content, comfortable and not at all regretting their decisions to walk away.
By the time that stretch was complete in 2005, Sorenstam
had cemented her legend as the greatest women's golfer of all time, dominating the deepest, most competitive fields in the history of her sport.
The International Golf Federation yesterday named Nicklaus and Sorenstam
as Global Ambassadors in support of the bid.
Just 38, Sorenstam
made the announcement in May to leave competitive golf because she, like so many other prominent females, has made the difficult decision to trade the birdies for babies.
Germany's Anja Monke took the lead with a four-under-par 68 to leave Sorenstam
four shots adrift in sixth after a 75.
, one of the most successful golfers in the history of women's golf, took time out from preparations for the Dubai Ladies Masters, starting on Thursday, to join Reis and six other members of the European Tour's new generation of professionals for a Jumeirah Group pre-tournament photo call.
Only 16 players advanced to the third round in the 32-woman event, and Sorenstam
finished two shots away from the qualifiers.
A hat-trick of titles in Dubai would be a perfect farewell gift for Sorenstam
whose glittering career, spanning 15 years, is studded with 88 professional victories, including 10 majors.
Yang shot a nineunder- par final round of 63 to triumph by six strokes at the tournament hosted by Sorenstam
, the former world No.
has won three tournaments this season after going without a title in an injury-plagued 2007 campaign.
is just 37, but she has long said she would leave the game to pursue other interests.
GOLF: Annika Sorenstam
was in Florida washing her car when she noticed a familiar figure walking along the street, golf clubs on her shoulder.