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She's arguably the greatest woman golfer of all time. Annika Sorenstam has 72 LPGA career wins, including 10 majors, was named Player of the Year a record eight times and owns the lowest round in LPGA history, a 59.
She's also a mom.
Sorenstam, 40, walked away from golf at the end of the 2008 season to marry Mike McGee, a former sports agent, and start a family. Daughter Ava Madelyn was born Sept. 1, 2009. Son William Nicholas arrived March 21, much earlier than expected. Sorenstam was just 27 weeks into her pregnancy when a placental abruption forced a C-section. Will came into the world at 2 pounds, 1½ ounces and 15 inches long. More than a month later, he weighs 4 pounds, 10 ounces, is out of an incubator and able to breastfeed.
With plans to celebrate Mother's Day in Orlando with her family, Sorenstam talked to espnW about how much motherhood means to her.
espnW: First, and most important, how's baby Will doing?
Annika Sorenstam: Will is doing really well. He's making amazing progress. He passes every test and challenge. Now, it is coming down the stretch. We are working on having him eat on his own so he can leave the hospital.
espnW: Now that you can pick him up and feed him, are Mike and you better able to bond with Will?
AS: We are certainly connecting with him now. It is very different than a full-term baby. He has been in an incubator and his exposure had been very limited, so it was harder to bond. He's now getting to the point where he is active and looking around and we are so happy to be able to connect with him. We are really looking forward to him joining our family at home soon.