Annika Sorenstam has been elected president of the International Golf Federation, replacing the outgoing Peter Dawson.
Sorenstam, a 72-time winner on the LPGA Tour and former No. 1, will take up the position on January 1.
The Swede was elected during the IGF’s virtual board meeting and her first major task will be to help oversee the federation’s strategic planning for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
The 50-year-old Sorenstam was a leading ambassador for golf’s bid to become an Olympic sport at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
“As an international player, having golf back in the Olympics means so much to me and to our sport,” Sorenstam said.
“I very much look forward to working with the board, the IOC and the governing bodies of golf in their efforts to continue to grow the game globally.”
Dawson led the IGF for the past 10 years but decided not to seek re-election.