Annika Sörenstam has been married twice: The Swedish golfer is a mother of two kids!
Annika Sörenstam needs no introduction in the sports world. But, for those who haven't been keeping tabs, she is regarded as the best female golfer in history, with over 90 international tournament wins; Sörenstam is still the leading name in golf, even though she retired from the sports in 2008.
Annika Charlotta Sörenstam was born on October 9, 1970, in Bro, Stockholm County. Her younger sister Charlotta Sörenstam is also a golf player. The two started their golf career around the same time. They are the first sisters to win $1 million on the LPGA tour. In December 2020, Annika took over as the president of the International Golf Federation. The Swedish gold player's personal life isn't quite picture-perfect like her immaculate career.
Get to know Annika Sörenstam's first husband!
Annika met her first husband, David Esch, during the beginning of her Hall of Fame career. The rookie golf player was on the driving range at Moon Valley County when she met Esch in 1994. After a year of dating, the two got engaged in 1995 and tied the knots in Lake Tahoe on January 4, 1997.
Annika was a rookie golf player when she met her first husband. Photo Source: Prabook
Esch had graduated from college when his romance with Sörenstam gained attention, making him a celebrity overnight. But Esch is far away from being a celebrity in real life. He was then working for a golf club manufacturer company called Ping. Even though their relationship started when Annika was an anonymous name in the sport, her stunning win in the US Open in 1995 brought their love life into the spotlight.
As Annika's career and her romantic life flourished, David quit his job at Ping and joined Callaway, which provided Sörenstam's equipment. Esch catered to his wife's career for the next decade, often appearing on the sidelines as Annika competed in tournaments. For the close-minded, Esch's gender-breaking attitude was an offense, and he was often teased as Sörenstam's wife.
Sörenstam and David separated in 2005. Source: ANNIKA Foundation
Rumors of the couple's rocky marriage started surfacing in 2004 when Esch was frequently absent from his wife's game. Confirming the headlines of their split, Annika said, "I want to confirm that I have filed for divorce," further adding, "We are working toward an amicable resolution and we appreciate the media's respect for our privacy."
Annika Sörenstam marries Mike McGee!
A year before Annika bid her playing career adieu, she met Mike McGee, the son of former PGA Tour player Jerry McGee and the managing director of her brand ANNIKA. The couple got engaged in August 2007. Her last game was in Dubai Ladies Masters on the Ladies European Tour in December 2008.
Sörenstam married Mike a month after her retirement. Photo Source: The Ringer
A month after she ended her professional career, Annika ventured into a new beginning. She got married to her fiancee in January 2009. The ceremony took place at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club and was attended by at least 125 guests. The duo welcomed their firstborn Ava Madelyn McGee on September 1, 2009, and second kid, William Nicholas McGee, on March 21, 2011.