The women’s golf champion will replace Peter Dawson, the former R&A chief who steps down after 10 years at the helm
Elected: As president of the International Golf Federation, Annika Sorenstam, the IGF’s board announced Wednesday. She will replace Peter Dawson, who opted not to seek reappointment when his two-year term expires Dec. 31. Dawson, the former chief executive of the R&A, had led the IGF for 10 years. Sorenstam, 50, won 72 times on the LPGA, including 10 major championships, and ranks third on the women’s tour in all-time victories. Since her retirement from competition in 2008, she has promoted various golf and business interests under her eponymous Annika brand. "As an international player, having golf back in the Olympics means so much to me and to our sport," said Sorenstam, a native Swede who resides in Orlando, Fla. "I very much look forward to working with the board, the IGF and the governing bodies of golf in their efforts to continue to grow the game globally.” Among the biggest tasks facing Sorenstam and the IGF will be preparations for golf in the Tokyo Olympics, which were postponed from 2020 until next summer. The IGF composes 151 federations from 146 countries representing more than 60 million golfers.
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