Sorenstam looking to end season with a win
Annika Sorenstam goes into the end-of-year ADT Tour Championship at Trump International on Thursday seeking her 10th win of another hugely successful season.
The 34-year-old Swede has dominated the women's game for the last four years but says she is taking a closer look over her shoulder at a pack of young players aiming to succeed her as world number one.
"Sure, the gap is closing," said Sorenstam, who has won seven LPGA Tour titles this year plus others in Australia and Sweden. "It's just a matter of time before I'm overtaken.
"There is such a strength of depth in our game and there are a whole host of players in their 20s and even in their teens who are coming through. It makes me feel quite old."
She is not quite ready to stand aside, however, and the statistics prove it.
While Sorenstam has only played in 17 tournaments, six fewer than world number two Grace Park, she arrived here having already wrapped up a record-equalling seventh Player of the Year award, and a seventh money list crown with earnings of $2,329,707.
Cutting back on her schedule is all part of Sorenstam's game plan to concentrate on quality not quantity, and perhaps stave off retirement.
"The key is to have a good time, both when I'm out on tour and at home," said the player who turned professional in 1992. "I've not worked nearly as hard this year and I did wonder if I would be a little rusty when I did tee it up.
"But one of the most satisfying things about this year is that I've played less but still managed to stay at the same level. We'll see, it might even extend my career.
"I've always said I'll keep going as long as I enjoy playing, and I still have things I want to achieve. At the moment, I still do."
Sorenstam's dream is to achieve the grand slam, winning all four majors in one year. She won one this season, the LPGA Championship, to bring her career total to seven.
"It (the grand slam) was my goal this year and it's something that I really want to do...no one else has done it but you've got to aim high."
As for her closest rivals, South Korean Park and Mexico's Lorena Ochoa are second and third respectively on the money list.
"Grace and Lorena are both great, great players," said Sorenstam.
"Then, there are a lot of even younger players, including Michelle Wie, who will soon be ready to challenge."
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