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Sweden’s Sorenstam to compete on home soil for first time since 2008

(Reuters) – Sweden’s Annika Sorenstam will tee off on home soil for the first time in 13 years on the Scandinavian Mixed in Gothenburg from June 10-13, the European Tour stated on Thursday.

The 10-times main champion, who retired in 2008 however returned to motion earlier this 12 months on the Gainbridge LPGA occasion, will host the progressive blended event at Vallda Golf and Country Club alongside Henrik Stenson.

Sorenstam, who’s third on the all-time checklist with 72 LPGA titles, final performed on home soil on the 2008 Scandinavian TPC in Stockholm.

“I’m excited to tee it up at the Scandinavian Mixed and to be back playing competitively in my home country of Sweden for the first time in 13 years,” Sorenstam, 50, stated.

“I felt like it was a perfect opportunity to actually play in this historic event bringing women and men together in a combined professional tournament.

“It is one other method to deliver our sport to the youthful technology in Sweden and for these watching world wide, showcasing that golf is actually a sport for everybody.”

The occasion, which was due to happen final 12 months however cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has a area of 78 males and 78 ladies with a prize fund of 1 million euros ($1.20 million).

($1 = 0.8363 euros)

(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru, modifying by Pritha Sarkar)

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