First time mother Sorenstam expecting baby girl

Thu May 14, 2009 2:15pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Annika Sorenstam, widely regarded as the best female player of all time, is preparing to give birth to a girl in the U.S. autumn.

It will be the first child for the 38-year-old Swede and her husband Mike McGee, son of former PGA Tour player Jerry McGee.

"Mike and I are happy to announce that we are going to have a little girl," Sorenstam said on her blog ( here ) on Thursday.

"To use golf terms, we just 'made the turn' from a timing standpoint and are very excited that everything looks good so far."

Sorenstam, a 10-times major champion who won 90 titles worldwide, married Mike McGee in January this year. Her previous marriage ended in divorce in 2005.

She ended her playing career at the Dubai Ladies Masters five months ago after dominating women's golf for the past decade.

The Swede will not be entirely lost to the game, however, as she continues to pursue business interests including her golf academy in Florida, charitable foundation and course design projects.

(Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes; Editing by Justin Palmer)

<p>Sweden's Annika Sorenstam with her partner Mike McGee holds her trophy after winning the Golf Dubai Ladies Masters European Tour event December 16, 2007. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah</p>