Sorenstam returns for €1m 'Star' prize in China
GOLFING legend Annika Sorenstam retired from golf two years ago, but she is being encouraged by her husband to get out and practice more.
The reason? Sorenstam is part of a special pro-celebrity event, 'The Star Trophy' to be played in China from October 24-30 at which the winner takes all -- and 'all' is a tasty €1m.
Sorenstam (39) smiled and quickly said: "It's not a comeback. Not at all. But my husband keeps saying 'go and practice.' That's nice."
The super-Swede, winner of 10 women's Majors and 72 LPGA Tour events, was at Killeen Castle in Dunsany, Co Meath yesterday to check out the venue for the Solheim Cup in 2011.
In fact, yesterday marked exactly 'a year to go' for the Cup.
Sorenstam and Joanne Morley are vice-captains to European skipper Alison Nicholas and they spent time discussing the set-up of the course and outlining plans for the year ahead.
Sorenstam shocked the golf world in May 2008 when she announced she would retire from competitive golf at the end of that year.
She has since had a child and in addition to looking after her daughter, she spends her time developing her interests in course design, golf apparel and other commercial interests.
Nicholas was delighted that Sorenstam accepted her invitation to be part of the backroom team for the Solheim Cup.
"Annika will bring lots to the team.
"What she's done in the game, her knowledge, she's very passionate about the game and the Solheim Cup and she has great respect among the players," said Nicholas.
Sorenstam made two appearances in Ireland -- the 1990 European Junior championships in Shannon and a one-day women's professional event at Woodbrook in 1993.