I think if you ask the average person who is the best female golfer of all time, many would say Annika Sorenstam. Annika turned pro in 1993 but her career took off in 1995 when she won her first US Women’s Open.
In 2008, Annika retired at the age of 38 from her professional golf career with an astonishing 89 career wins, 72 LPGA tour victories, and 10 major championships. To put that in perspective; Tiger (now age 36) has 95 worldwide wins, 71 PGA tour victories, and 14 major championships. In terms of on course success, Annika is the “Tiger Woods” of women’s golf. However, unlike her male counterpart she has lived her personal life with complete integrity (no scandals for this great golfer).
Annika was named the 2012 recipient of the Bob Jones award. This is an honor bestowed upon by the USGA to a person that epitomizes “distinguished sportsmanship in golf.” Annika still plays a huge role in golf today with her efforts to grow the sport. She is a very busy lady with her foundation, her golf academy, and her involvement in golf course design (she and Jack Nicklaus have submitted a bid to build the golf course for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.)
The tribute video below is lovely because it is a mix of her personal life (her family speaks), the impact she has had on golf, and her focus on the health of children.
Congratulations to Annika!