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Annika Sorenstam named 2013 PGA First Lady of Golf

Annika Sorenstam has been named the 2013 PGA First Lady of Golf by the PGA of America. She is the first non-American to win the biennial award.

The 43-year-old Swede has been recognised for her outstanding achievements both on and off the golf course, where she won 89 tournaments worldwide during a career glittering in success.

That same success saw her capture 10 major titles, and Sorenstam remains the all-time leading money winner on the LPGA Tour with earnings reaching above $22m.

She’s also the second-highest points scorer in the Solheim Cup; posting a record 22 victories, 11 loses and four halved matches in her wonderful eight appearances for Europe.

In 2008 Sorenstam won her 72nd and final LPGA Tour title before announcing her retirement from the sport. Since then she has set up a number of businesses including a teaching academy, a golf course design firm and a financial planning group. She is also the spokesperson for a charity which encourages children live healthier, happier and more active lifestyles through nutrition and fitness.

said PGA of America President Ted Bishop said: “Annika's impact upon women's golf in the modern era has been remarkable, setting a standard that may never be touched.

"Her commitment to fitness and excellence made her a legend on the course, but her legacy in the game also includes a sincere dedication to growing a healthy next generation and inspiring future young women through golf.

"The PGA is honored to now call her the 2013 PGA First Lady of Golf."

In response to the honour, Sorenstam said: "I have been so fortunate throughout my life to have people who helped pave the way for me to work hard and exceed my goals on and off the course.

"I truly feel like I am living a dream and want to help the next generation do the same.”

She added: "It's gratifying that The PGA of America has taken notice of our programming that offers junior girls the opportunity to play first-class tournaments around the world, while also educating them about the importance of health and wellness. I'm flattered to be named the 2013 PGA First Lady of Golf."