Laying low came naturally to Annika Sörenstam, the Swedish athlete who famously harboured a fear of the spotlight. But a career spent on the sidelines wasn't in the stars for the player, now retired and devoted to her family and her growing organisation, the ANNIKA Foundation. By the time Sörenstam retired in 2008, she was virtually unbeatable, a golf Hall of Famer, and she made history as the only woman to break 60 in an event and the first woman in over 50 years to compete on the PGA Tour. In an ongoing partnership with Rolex, ELLE explores Sörenstam's journey along with those of other exceptional women.More
"It was always about my game. I didn't do it for the attention; I did it because I loved to play, I knew I could get better, and I was very focused on reaching my goals."
"We had a competitive family. My mom was a golf club champion. She also played basketball, and my dad did everything really: track and field, handball, which is more popular in Europe. I played all kinds of sports, but my first introduction [to golf] was my parents."