By Doug Ferguson, AP Golf Writer
Annika Sorenstam now has her own LPGA Tour event in Florida.
The LPGA and the Pelican Women’s Championship said Tuesday that Sorenstam will be host of the November tournament in the Tampa Bay area starting in 2023. It’s official name will be “The Annika driven by Gainbridge at Pelican.”
The tournament is the final event before the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship down the coast in Naples.
Coming to the LPGA Tour in 2023…
‘THE ANNIKA driven by Gainbridge at Pelican’
Hall of Famer @ANNIKA59 will host Tampa Bay’s signature LPGA Tour event starting in November of 2023.
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— LPGA (@LPGA) September 13, 2022
Sorenstam called it an “incredible honor.” She is the only player who serves as an official host on the LPGA Tour. Lorena Ochoa hosted a tournament under her name in Mexico for nine years ending in 2017.
The tournament expects to announce the prize fund and additional details at the Pelican Women’s Championship the week of Nov. 7-13.
Gainbridge has been title sponsor of an LPGA tournament in Florida at the start of the year, twice in Boca Raton and at Lake Nona in Orlando in 2021. Sorenstam played the event at Lake Nona because she lives there.