Aussie 'excited' to give up life on tour

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:12 AM ET

Rachel Hetherington isnít planning to be flooded with emotions as she walks down memory lane one final time on Sunday afternoon.

To be blunt, Hetherington is ready to be done with life on the LPGA Tour.

Hetherington, a 38-year-old Australian who turned pro in 1994 and has accumulated nearly $6 million in career earnings, plans to retire after the final round of the 2010 CN Canadian Tour Womenís Open at St. Charles Country Club.

ďNot really, no. Iíve just been kind of excited,Ē Hetherington said after she was asked if she was feeling sentimental this week. ďI just donít want to play anymore. Thatís really the simple answer. If Iím really honest with myself, I donít want to practice and work as hard as I need to.

ďIíve always been a really disciplined player and Iíve worked really hard on all the areas of my game, especially fitness and I really struggle doing it now. If I canít play my best, I donít want to play.Ē

Itís not that Hetherington doesnít love the game anymore either, since she plans to retire to her home in Australia and stay involved in the game.

ďI may do some teaching and Iíd like to get involved in junior golf and the fitness side of golf,Ē said Hetherington, who also loves surfing.

After firing a 6-under 66 on Saturday, Hetherington would love nothing more than to give herself a victory as a going-away present.

But with a three-round total of 2-under 214, Hetherington is focusing on going out in fine form and letting the final result take care of itself.

ďTo be honest, I was really happy to make the cut in my last event,Ē said Hetherington, who is playing only her fourth LPGA Tour event of 2010 and has earned $15,778 to sit 119th on the money list. ďI donít have a goal and I think itís because I donít have any expectation. Iím not going to be doing the tour grind anymore and Iím looking forward to doing other things.Ē

Hetherington has engineered plenty of memorable moments during her career.

ďEvery win has been a highlight because there is something special with each one,Ē said Hetherington, who turned pro in 1994 and was an LPGA Tour rookie in 1997. ďIíve been fortunate to have won eight events on the best tour in the world. I played in an era with some of the best players ever being No. 1, with Karrie (Webb), Annika (Sorenstam). The era that I played was great. Iíve loved it.Ē

Hetherington played last week at the Safeway Classic in Oregon and just felt right about walking into the sunset after playing in the CN Canadian Womenís Open.

ďThese are my two favourite events from this half of the year, so I wanted to play these two,Ē said Hetherington.

ken.wiebe@sunmedia.ca


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