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  • Staff photo by BOB HAMMERSTROM


    Former LPGA pro Annika Sorenstam talks to media while warming up in the Calloway Performance Center at Golf & Ski Warehouse in Hudson Friday, April 27, 2012.


  • Staff photo by BOB HAMMERSTROM


    Fans peer through the windows as former LPGA pro Annika Sorenstam talks to media while warming up in the Calloway Performance Center at Golf & Ski Warehouse in Hudson Friday, April 27, 2012.


  • Staff photo by BOB HAMMERSTROM


    Former LPGA pro Annika Sorenstam lines up her shot while warming up in the computerized Calloway Performance Center at Golf & Ski Warehouse in Hudson Friday, April 27, 2012.


  • Staff photo by BOB HAMMERSTROM


    Calloway representative Pete Stamatis shows the results of a drive on the computer screen by former LPGA pro Annika Sorenstam as she talks to media while warming up in the Calloway Performance Center at Golf & Ski Warehouse in Hudson Friday, April 27, 2012.


  • Staff photo by BOB HAMMERSTROM


    Calloway representative Pete Stamatis, left, watches former LPGA pro Annika Sorenstam warm up in the Calloway Performance Center at Golf & Ski Warehouse in Hudson Friday, April 27, 2012.


  • Staff photo by BOB HAMMERSTROM


    Golf fans record former LPGA pro Annika Sorenstam as she talks to media while warming up in the Calloway Performance Center at Golf & Ski Warehouse in Hudson Friday, April 27, 2012.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Sorenstam tells Hudson crowd she has no plans of returning to a full-time, competitive golf schedule

HUDSON – What would motivate over 500 people to huddle on aluminum bleachers on a cold, windy day to watch a 41-year-old woman hit golf balls at a driving range?

The answer is an appearance by Annika Sorenstam, arguably the top female golfer in history, who was in Hudson on Friday to help Golf and Ski Warehouse open their new Calloway Performance Center.

Sorenstam didn’t disappoint. After helping to demonstrate the elaborate computer and video equipment inside, designed to fit the right clubs to players of all levels, she stepped outside to the World Cup Golf Center to the delight of an overflowing crowd.

The Swedish-born golfer, who flew up earlier in the day from her home in Florida, realized something right away.

“My Viking blood must be thinning,” Sorenstam said of the blustery conditions. “They just asked me if I wanted ice water.”

Then Sorenstam, who appears weekly on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive’’ program, proved she could talk about golf almost as well as she can play. While hitting different clubs she gave the audience insights into her thought process, strategy and warm-up routine.

She spent a little time reminiscing about her one attempt to play in a men’s tournament, missing the cut by one stroke at the Colonial Tournament in Dallas in 2003. She called it one of the more stressful few days of her golf career, but it did have one perk.

“It was nice,” Sorenstam said. “I had the women’s locker room all too myself, while the men were crowded into their locker room.”

Before braving the weather, Sorenstam touched on a few other topics during an informal press conference.

No, she has no plans of returning to full-time, competitive golf. Her two young children, ages 2½ and 1 keep her busy, as does her extensive charitable work, representing Calloway, and a number of other business ventures under the ANNIKA label, including clothing, fragrances and wine.

Her golf credentials are impeccable, beginning with the LPGA Rookie of the Year Award in 1994. Ten of her 72 LPGA victories came in majors and she won 89 tournaments overall. She was an eight-time Rolex Player of the Year and shot a record round of 59 on tour.

Sorenstam is friendly with and offers advice, when asked, from some of the younger players on the LPGA Tour, including current No. 1 Yani Tseng of China, who actually bought Sorenstam’s house in Orlando in 2009.

“She told me I could leave everything,” Sorenstam said. “I said I’m taking the trophies, you’ll have to earn your own.”

She likes what she’s seen from 17-year-old phenom Lexi Thompson, who became the youngest winner in LPGA history last September, winning the Navistar Classic at 16.

She also said it’s far too early to give up on 22-year-old Michelle Wie, although she’s criticized some of Wie’s career choices in the past.

If Sorenstam proved anything on Friday it’s that she can still hit them straight and long, even into a biting crosswind.