Annika Sorenstam on Thursday was named the recipient of the 2013 PGA First Lady of Golf award.
Many of the game’s most influential women have been honored with the award, including Barbara Nicklaus (1998), Judy Rankin (1999), Nancy Lopez (2002), Carol Mann (2008) and now Sorenstam, a 10-time major winner.
“It’s quite the award to receive, especially watching the profiles of the women who have paved the way for women’s golf. I’m honored,” Sorenstam, 43, said in accepting the award on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive.”
PGA of America president Ted Bishop described Sorenstam, who retired from the game at the end of the 2008 season, as “arguably the greatest player in the history of modern-day golf on the LPGA tour.”
“Your career off the course, after your competitive life, has been really impressive the way you’ve branded yourself, given back to golf, promoted junior golf and fitness and family activities, healthy eating and drinking,” Bishop said.
Said Sorenstam, “I feel like I have a lot of years to give back and hopefully make it a better place for the next generation.”