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Sorenstam

Annika . born 1970, Swedish golfer; winner of the US Women's Open (1995, 1996), the LPGA Championship (2003), and the British Women's Open (2003)
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Goetze, after a winless 18-year career as a Ladies PGA Tour player, is now the president of the LPGA Players Association and -- in the most meaningful change of all -- Sorenstam has retired as a player after a Hall of Fame career.
Sorenstam's careful planning was thrown into disarray by the withdrawal of Suzann Pettersen on Wednesday due to a back injury, with assistant captain Catriona Matthew stepping in as the Norwegian's replacement.
Sorenstam 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.
Sorenstam, who retired as a player last week, stated: "Now, as I step aside from competitive golf, amajor objective of mine is to help grow the game around the world - and I can think of no better way to grow it than through the Olympics."
On the contrary, Sorenstam took her bow after sinking a 10-feet putt for birdie in front of a jam-packed gallery on the 18th.
Sorenstam, in news that has to make golf fans a little disappointed, is stepping down from the game this week in her final event at the Dubai Ladies Masters.
Sorenstam held a one-shot lead going into the third round but shot four bogeys to go with just one birdie as she dropped down to a tie for sixth place, four shots behind leader Anja Monke of Germany.
Germany's Anja Monke took the lead with a four-under-par 68 to leave Sorenstam four shots adrift in sixth after a 75.
Among those out to spoil the great Swede's last hurrah from tomorrow at Emirates Golf Course will be South Korean teenager Ami Yang - and Sorenstam's compatriot Sophie Gustafson.
As Annika Sorenstam prepares to bid farewell to tournament golf in the Dubai Ladies Masters, some of the rising stars of the women's game say the former world No.1 has been an inspiration and will be sorely missed.