Annika Sorentsam is heavily involved in mentoring.
look at and say, “We can learn from this.”
But she has now kind of come out of her own
mess, and I'm proud of her for that. I think
she’s really doing the right things, and I hope
she can help the LPGA Tour now. You need
more than just one player. You need several
players. She’s one of them that people care
about. And for that reason I’m happy. But,
again, she has to earn her own way.
GGP the tiger thing: you know tiger. you know
elin. you’re a mother now. there are small
children involved in tiger’s situation. How
difficult has this been for you to watch
AS Number one, it was a shock. As a friend
of both of them, I had no idea. I’m disappointed in Tiger’s actions because I know
Elin very well and she’s been very hurt.
And so have her children. It’s just been
sad to watch. And now I hope they can heal
as people and I hope that they can move
forward and find a solution and put this
all behind them. Those are my wishes for
them. But like I said, it’s shocking.
GGP OK, back to you: would you like to have
AS Mike and I do want that. We’d like to have one
more. After I’ve said I don't have any more
time, (laugh) but I do. I think it would be nice
for Ava to have a sibling. Again, I feel so fortunate to experience this part of life. I was so
focused on golf, golf, golf, golf, I didn't think
about other things. Now I step away and
we have the house that we spend nights in,
when we wake up we actually have a morning paper. Things like this we never had ...
tea in the morning, going out with neighbors,
meeting people in your community. It’s a
sense of stability.
“i’ve spent time with
elin. Just as a friend
through a tough time.”
be more courses, there will be more driving
ranges, and the industries within golf are
going to grow in those countries that didn't
have golf before.
GGP Michelle wie withdrew from your tournament in 2007, citing an injury, and then
showed up a couple of days later practicing
at the next venue. you were understandably
displeased. she has now won on the Lpga
and played in a solheim Cup. How important
is she to the future of the tour and are your
differences with her a thing of the past?
AS I think Michelle is a great addition to the
Tour because she has a name. I don’t know
why she has a name, really, because it’s not
for her achievement on the golf course. It’s
more the controversies, and that's what I’m
happy to see she’s stepping away from. She’s
going about it the right way. She went to Tour
School (2008). She won a tournament. She
made the Solheim Cup team, played well
there and her teammates liked her. That's all
what she has created and that she certainly
deserves. And that, I think, she can add a lot
to the Tour. I’m over what she did at my tournament. I'm over what she’s done. But she
certainly is an example of what people can
GGP it’s going to be difficult for them to move
forward, is it not?
AS Again, I feel bad for Elin and the children. He
(Tiger) has to take care of his behavior. A lot
depends on what he wants. Other than that,
you’ve just got to let them do it on their own
and however they want. I’m not sure what
Tiger’s objective is from here on.
GGP Have you had an opportunity to talk to elin
AS I’ve spent time with Elin. Just as a friend
through a tough time.
GGP Has that been time well spent?
GGP Could you see yourself playing for sweden
in the Olympics in 2016? (editor's note:
sorenstam will be 45.)
AS It would be attractive but is that something I
can do then? I’m not getting any younger. The
players are younger. It takes a huge commitment. I think it’s great that whoever gets the
opportunity, that what’s going to be so much
fun to see. If I get my motivation back, obviously I work hard, to achieve that would be a
goal. But, otherwise, I want to be a part of it.
I want to see it. I’d love to be there, because
it’s going to be an historic moment. We’ll see.
Seven years is a long time. Especially when
you’re turning 40 soon. l