Annika Sorenstam has been named the next president of the International Golf Federation.
The 10-time major winner and World Golf Hall of Fame member will replace the outgoing Peter Dawson as the head of the IGF effective Jan. 1, the federation board announced Wednesday.
Dawson previously notified the IGF board that he would not seek another term after his current two-year session expires at the end of the calendar year.
"Peter did a great job the last 10 years as IGF president and I am humbled and honored 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 (International Olympic Committee) and the governing bodies of golf in their efforts to continue to grow the game globally."
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan commended Dawson for his time as president.
"Peter has had a distinguished career dedicated to the growth of golf and the IGF has been fortunate to have him as such a strong advocate," Monahan said.
"With Peter's impending departure, we are thrilled to have someone as accomplished and universally respected as Annika Sorenstam to move into the role as IGF President," he said. "As a generational talent in women's golf, Annika played a prominent role in golf's successful Olympic bid by serving as a Global Ambassador with Jack Nicklaus and since retiring from competition, has been dedicated to promoting women's golf at all levels through her foundation. She is the ideal person to succeed Peter in this role."
Sorenstam, 50, became arguably the greatest female golfer ever, winning a record 90 professional tournaments worldwide, including 72 on the LPGA Tour. Her 10 major championships included three U.S. Women's Open titles, with victories in at least one major over six straight years (2001-06).
-Field Level Media