Unscramble the letters in “birdie” and you get “I, bride” – which is just what Swedish golf star Annika Sorenstam announced to the world on Saturday.
The 36-year-old Sorenstam is engaged to her boyfriend of two years, Mike McGee, who popped the question Saturday morning at the couple’s Orlando home.
“What a lovely surprise,” Sorenstam said, according to the Associated Press. “I’m as happy as I can be.”
No date is set for the wedding, which will be the second for Sorenstam. She filed for divorce from first husband David Esch in February 2005, and began seeing McGee – a former sports agent and the son of former PGA pro Jerry McGee – later that summer.
The engagement comes at a low ebb in Sorenstam’s Hall of Fame career. Long the top-ranked LPGA player and arguably the best female golfer ever, she has won 69 events, including 10 majors, since turning pro in 1994. But Sorenstam has not won in 2007 – her first winless season in more than a decade – and earlier this year she lost her No. 1 ranking to rising star Lorena Ochoa.
McGee, once a top college pitcher, now works as managing director of the “Annika” business brand, which includes clothing, golf course design and a golf academy.