Annika Sorenstam to play limited 2007 LPGA Tour schedule with back injury

Released on = April 21, 2007, 1:48 pm

Press Release Author = GolfPublisher Syndications

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Press Release Summary = Sorenstam feels she can play a limited LPGA Tour schedule
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Press Release Body = From News Services,
Golf Publisher Syndications

The back injury that put Annika Sorenstam out of last week\'s Ginn Open will force
the world\'s No. 1-ranked woman golfer to play a limited 2007 LPGA Tour schedule.

Sorenstam told Swedish broadcaster SVT yesterday that she will play fewer events
this season and focus on winning majors because of the herniated and ruptured disk
that will sideline her for at least a month.

\"I will play less, prepare more and really go for the big competitions,\" Sorenstam
told SVT.

Sorenstam added that she thinks another Grand Slam remains possible.

\"I think it\'s realistic. This year I had planned for it, but it didn\'t happen,\" she
told SVT. \"I trained really hard in February and it is probably one of the reasons
why I obtained this injury.\"

For the 36-year-old Sorenstam, this is the first major injury in a career that has
seen her win 10 majors and more than 60 LPGA Tour titles across the world. Doctors
have told Sorenstam that surgery is probably unnecessary, and that she\'ll have a
better idea of when she can return to the tour after a brief rehabilitation

Sorenstam\'s goal is to return by May 31 for her new event, the Ginn Tribute Hosted
by Annika, an indication that competition remains priority number one, but
Sorenstam\'s career is no longer exclusive to the golf course.

These days, Sorenstam is also focused on outside projects. A good example is her
first \"Annika Academy,\" a golf school she opened Monday at Ginn Reunion Resort in
Florida with a tour and clinic for children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation and
Hootie & the Blowfish front man Darius Rucker. Through its development, Sorenstam
has been so involved in the project that she even picked out the gray-and-blue
carpeting in the academy.

\"Right now, this is what excites me. That\'s really the truth,\" she told reporters at
yesterday\'s opening. \"I\'ve tried to motivate myself at times. I know I can play. If
I really have to gear up for an event, I can do it. But it\'s almost like, \'I\'ve done
that so many times.\' This is thrilling to me. This is more about giving back. I\'m
very complete right now.\"

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