Now this is the way to quit. Simple announcement, no ambiguity, definite schedule for withdrawal. Annika Sorenstam, who announced on Tuesday that she's leaving the LPGA Tour at the end of the season, is employing an exit strategy the Bush Administration is envying. Oh, and you can also bet that she's going to stay retired.
Sorenstam brought notes with her but, for the most part, did not refer to them. She drew a parallel to Brett Favre, but was not overcome by emotion as the Green Bay Packers quarterback was when he announced his retirement in March. "One of the things he said was that he loved the competition but not the daily grind," she said. "I feel the same way."
Wow. Did AP just say that Sorenstam is less girly than Favre? At any rate, it's kind of a sad day, because we're probably seeing the last of the greatest women's golfer of all time. The 37-year-old Swede, who has won 72 tournaments, will make her final event will be the Dubai Ladies Masters after the LPGA Tour season ends. She is engaged to Mike McGee, son of former PGA Tour player Jerry McGee. Let the Michelle Wie Era begin!
But Sorenstam is not the only one to tell their employer to take this job and shove it. Elsewhere in resignation:
• I quit. I have cried myself to sleep every night over the loss of Barry Bonds and I have no more tears to shed. — Peter MacGowan
• Time to quit. I refuse to live in a world where there are ball men. — Justine Henin
• I quit. The health of the Democratic party is much more important than my personal ambition. — Hillary in 2012
• That's it, I quit. ESPN, and everyone, is against me! (runs into bathroom, locks door). — Tom Brady
• Whew! So tired; all that running and jumping and so forth. We quit. — San Antonio Spurs
• You can't fire me, I quit! Oh ... it appears that you can fire me. — Nelson Figueroa
• You'll get this newspaper when you pry it from my cold, dead ... ah $%&! it, I quit. — Kornheiser
• Who am I kidding? Drop those balloons! On to Montana! — Hillary in '08