Column: Back in time on LPGA for Sorenstam and Yani Tseng

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FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 file photo, Celine Boutier, left, of France, and Annika Sorenstam, of Sweden, chat while walking down the 17th fairway during the final round of the Tournament of Champions LPGA golf tournament in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Sorenstam will compete on the LPGA this week for the first time since 2008. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Annika Sorenstam had won consecutive starts on the LPGA Tour in 2008 when she announced she would retire at the end of the season. The surprise decision was still fresh three weeks later when 19-year-old Yani Tseng won her first major.

Their paths cross again this week in a manner few could have imagined.

Both are playing the Gainbridge LPGA.

That's news for different reasons.

Sorenstam turned 50 in October and has not competed on the LPGA Tour since the final event of 2008. Retirement never comes easily in golf, and Sorenstam was among the few who managed to walk away at the peak of her game. That's not to suggest this is the start of a comeback, and she hasn't said if anything else is in the works.

The Swede played the PNC Championship with her father in December and said she was being motivated to play more because her son, Will, was getting into golf. She also played the LPGA Tour season opener last month, although Sorenstam was part of the celebrity division.

She talked in December about wanting to dabble in senior events, specifically mentioning the U.S. Senior Women's Open. Trouble is, that's around the time of the Olympics, and Sorenstam recently was appointed to a largely ceremonial role of president of the International Golf Federation.

This week at Lake Nona, her home course in Orlando, Florida, she'll be in the field alongside Jin Young Ko, the No. 1 player in women's golf.