Anika Sorenstam has been elected as President of the International Golf Federation, making here the third female President of a Global sports federation after Marisol Casado at World triathlon and Kate Caithness at World Curling.

She was elected yesterday at a virtual Annual Meeting to replace Peter Dawson who is stepping down after ten years in the role.

During that time Golf made a return to the Olympic Games, a process in which Sorenstam served as an ambassador.

Sorenstam retired from playing in 2008 having become one of the greatest players in the history of the game. Her 72 career wins included ten majors.

In 2014 the LPGA created the Rolex Annika Award to honour the best annual Majors performance in the Women’s game.

“Peter did a great job the last 10 years as IGF President and I am humbled and honoured to have been asked to succeed him,” Sorenstam said. “As an international player, having golf back in the Olympics means so much to me and to our sport. I very much look forward to working with the Board, the IOC and the governing bodies of golf in their efforts to continue to grow the game globally.”

 

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