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No restful retirement

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Less than six months removed from the LPGA Tour, Annika Sorenstam has no itch to return. She's too busy conquering other worlds.

Wine: Annika's will make Rothschild taste like prune juice.

Course design: Annika's will make Robert Trent Jones' look like dog-track munis.

Fragrance: Annika's will make Chanel smell like Eau de Skunk.

Education: The Annika Foundation's programs will make Montessori schools look like "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."

Turns out the best player women's golf has ever seen is hyper-competitive away from the course, too.

"It's something that's in my blood," Sorenstam said Tuesday during a Kingsmill cameo. "The question is how you channel it. I can't think of a tougher time to start a business than now. I'm going to use that competitiveness.

"I want to have the best academy in the world. I want to build the best courses in the world. I'd love to create a foundation that's really significant and can make a difference. ...

"If I didn't have that, I think it would be a different story. I might be a little antsy. I might be a little tough to live with."

Sorenstam and her husband, Mike McGee, jetted in to promote next month's LPGA's Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill. Such appearances are standard for defending champions, but two days after dusting the 2008 Mich field by seven shots, Sorenstam announced that she was "stepping away" from the tour to pursue business, charity and personal concerns.

Sorenstam played her farewell tournament in December, married McGee in January and revealed last month that they are expecting their first child in September. But relax?

She'd rather shank a 6-iron.

"I'm not kidding you when I tell you she works all day, every day," McGee said. "I've never, ever seen her just sit there and relax and watch a movie."

"I have friends telling me, 'You gotta slow down,' " Sorenstam said. "My mom said, 'Where you going?' I'm going again. I guess I just go with how I feel."

Sorenstam, 38, shoehorned Tuesday's gig into an itinerary that took her to Korea two weeks ago for course design, and Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Monday for a Hootie & The Blowfish charity outing.

Team Annika headed home to Orlando, Fla., Tuesday afternoon to prepare for a Phoenix-Pebble Beach junket that starts Thursday. Then come trips to L.A. for a philanthropy conference, Livermore Valley, Calif., for the wine launch, Switzerland for lobbying the International Olympic Committee to add golf, Sweden to visit her homeland, and Korea and Lake Tahoe for road sessions of her golf instruction academy.

"I'm far from retired," Sorenstam said.

"It's non-stop," McGee said. "It really is. She's booked through July."

McGee remembers a 2007 trip on which the couple flew consecutive red-eyes from Thailand to Korea to California to Florida. The next morning Sorenstam was greeting students at the academy.

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