Sorenstam shot a 75 in her return, and simply the sight of the 50-year-old hitting photographs and striding down the fairways had a few of the youthful gamers in awe.
“Her position on this sport, presently of her profession, I suppose, is simply preserve inspiring women. I performed along with her at Diamond Resorts, and I can inform that you just she’s nonetheless as aggressive as most likely when she was 20 years in the past.
“You may see that her brief sport; placing continues to be on. That is one thing that she has in her veins and goes to shine endlessly. She mentioned that she’s most likely not hitting it as far or straight as she was earlier than, however on the finish of the day, I will say it once more: she’s my superhero. Her and Lorena are most likely why I am right here. Having the ability to share this with them, along with her particularly, is simply unbelievable.”
Sorenstam stepped away from golf in 2008 to begin a household. And along with her kids Will and Ava watching on, the 50-year-old completed three over par on her house course, admitting that she is going to should be extra aggressive going ahead.
Though her return to the course prompted a flutter amongst her rivals, adjusting to the modifications the Tour has undergone since she has been away was the largest shock.
“Fortunately, I used to be in a position to play with Anna (Nordqvist) on Monday anyway and with Danielle (Kang) on Tuesday. It was a bit totally different, however you have to get used to those new guidelines. By the point I determine all of them out, I am outta right here.”
Nevertheless, subsequent week Sorenstam says she is going to return to being a spouse and a mom.
“Once more, if it wasn’t for Lake Nona [being the host site] I would not be taking part in. This isn’t a comeback. It is an look. And I am simply thrilled about that.”
“Clearly so cool seeing Annika and simply being within the group behind her, seeing her hit a couple of photographs,” Ko mentioned. “I’ve at all times seen her on TV taking part in, and to play along with her final Saturday and to play behind her I believe is tremendous cool.
“Hopefully, this brings lots of consideration and hype again for us on tour and simply into girls’s golf. I am fairly positive it isn’t simple for her to come back again, particularly after being retired for therefore lengthy, however I believe it is a fairly massive assertion. And, yeah, undoubtedly cool for me to be in the identical discipline as I believe the GOAT.”
Jill Martin contributed to this report.