Sorenstam selected as 2012 USGA Bob Jones Award recipient

Annika Sorenstam has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the United States Golf Association's 2012 Bob Jones Award.

The Bob Jones Award has been presented annually since 1955 and recognizes distinguished sportsmanship in golf. Sorenstam, who retired at the end of the 2008 season, earned 90 victories in an illustrious career, including 10 major championships.

"Annika has consistently exhibited the specific character trait -- distinguished sportsmanship -- that the Bob Jones Award was established to recognize and has done so while achieving a level of success that few have equaled," said USGA president Jim Hyler.

Sorenstam was inducted into the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame in 2003 and has won numerous awards throughout her career, including eight Female Player of the Year awards and three Female Athlete of the Year awards.

"It is truly an honor to receive the prestigious Bob Jones Award from the USGA, as the past recipients are some of the greatest names in the history of the game," Sorenstam said. "Though I am no longer competing, I appreciate the USGA recognizing our hard work and I will continue to try to grow and promote the game through many foundation initiatives."

Sorenstam will receive the award on February 4 in Houston.